Rise of the Resistance Strategies

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So you wanna ride Rise of the Resistance—I’ve got Rise of the Resistance strategies for you! A good Disneyland ride strategy is one of the reasons I created this website and I even help people plan step-by-step Disneyland itineraries for their time in the parks.Rise of the Resistance guide

I was at Disneyland the day Galaxy’s Edge and Smugglers Run opened, but Rise of the Resistance will be a whole new ball game. When Galaxy’s Edge opened, Disneyland required reservations to enter the land which took away a lot of the guesswork. UPDATED January 20, 2020. 

 

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The reservations were fantastic because you knew before you even got to Disneyland exactly what time you’d be entering Star Wars land. You even knew about what time you’d ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Pictured above is me on far left with my Disneyland with Kids co-founders and then President of Disneyland Resort, Josh D’Amaro (he’s now president of Walt Disney World Resort). Star Wars ears

The biggest problem during opening days of Galaxy’s Edge was the demand for Oga’s Cantina. There was a “not really a line” line to get in the real line for Oga’s and many people spent the better part of their reservation hovering around the entrance.

 

Disneyland with Kids Ogas

 

True, there was also high demand for building droids and lightsabers but Disneyland quickly adjusted and refined the process. Today you can get a reservation for any and all three of those immersive Star Wars experiences up to 60 days in advance on the Disneyland App

Disney has released official steps on how opening day and the days thereafter will be handled. I’ve added my steps and expertise to this list below. 

How can I ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland?

Quick Guide to ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland Park because there is no FASTPASS yet for this ride. 

  1. Buy your tickets in advance. Do not wait to buy at the parks. Discount tickets available here. Buy multi-day tickets with a park hopper. You’ll need all the mornings you can get at Disneyland to increase your chances. Don’t leave it to one day!
  2. Arrive at Disneyland parking at least 90 minutes before opening. 
  3. Arrive at security check points well before Disneyland opens. 
  4. Download the Disneyland App and join a boarding group specifically for Rise of the Resistance via the app as soon as you enter the park. Everyone’s ticket must be added to the app in advance, everyone must be in the parks to join a boarding group. If you do not have the app, go to Buzz Lightyear or Splash Mountain FASTPASS kiosk to join a boarding group.
  5. Head to Rise of the Resistance once your boarding group is called. 

There’s definitely much more to it than that. Keep reading as we dive deeper into each step and associated strategies so you can ride Rise of the Resistance during your Disneyland vacation. 

 

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Remember, my strategies are for peak times when Boarding Passes are being used at Disneyland Resort. Please keep checking back, this will be updated frequently throughout the first weeks of Rise of the Resistance opening beginning January 17, 2020 and beyond.

READ MORE: what to do if Rise of the Resistance is sold out for the day.

How to Ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland Opening Week

You need more than just official word from Disney regarding Rise of the Resistance. Keep reading for all the details (photo below taken by Becca Robins) and insider tips.

 

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Ride Rise of the Resistance January 17 Friday, Opening Day

Boarding groups ran out on opening day in 3 minutes!! That’s 3 minutes. See my opening day timeline here.

All Annual Passholders were able to visit Disneyland on opening day. Not one single annual pass type was blacked out. Many locals and Annual Passholders were there for the opening of Rise of the Resistance. If you want to ride on opening day, you needed to follow these steps to get there. 

Buy your tickets in advance. Do not wait to buy at the parks. Discount tickets available here

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Follow Disneyland Today on Twitter and allow push notifications. I’ve found this to be the absolute best way to get breaking news and vital information from the official Disneyland account.

Disneyland Parking lots opened early. If Disneyland closes to capacity, this Twitter account will tell you. If Rise of the Resistance will not be admitting any more riders, this Twitter account will tell you.

Arrive at parking lots even earlier than they open. 30 minutes before parking opens (so 2 hours before the park opens) or so will work best. During the grand opening of the land, they “opened” parking at midnight. Which means the parking lot never closed. 

 

Disneyland Hotel path to Disneyland

 

Stay and/or park at a nearby hotel for an even better option. Then you can walk over to Disneyland’s main gates as early as possible. But note that this complete lottery-based system won’t reward you for arriving early. I saw reports of people arriving at 1 am who only secured “back up” boarding groups, and reports of people arriving at 7:30 am and getting boarding groups. 

 

Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

Join a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance as soon as you are admitted into Disneyland (and during normal park hours).  The virtual queue is your  ONLY option for gaining access to Rise of the Resistance. More details on boarding groups later in this article. Note: when the boarding pass procedure is in place, you are limited to one ride per day. 

Disney also adds:

Guests may join the virtual queue starting at the published opening time for the day at Disneyland Park. Guests may be assigned to a “backup” boarding group. Backup boarding groups are only called if all previous boarding groups have been called and there is extra capacity for additional Guests.

You will be able to join one boarding group per day.

You can check the app and in-park signs to see which boarding group is currently being admitted to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Admission into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is subject to capacity. Being assigned to a boarding group does not guarantee entrance to the attraction.

Ride Rise of the Resistance January 18-20, Opening Weekend

These specifics will come into play during opening weekend:

  • Holiday weekend crowds
  • Deluxe, Signature and Signature Plus Annual Passholders are not blocked out at all
  • Disney Flex Passholders must obtain a reservation on Saturday, Sunday & Monday (to control crowds)
  • SoCal Select Annual Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • SoCal Annual Passholders are blocked out on Saturday & Sunday but can visit on Monday (this pass is no longer being sold, fewer locals who hold this pass)

Follow these steps to increase your chances of joining a boarding group:

  1. Buy your tickets in advance. Do not wait to buy at the parks. Discount tickets available here. Buy multi-day tickets with a park hopper. You’ll need all the mornings you can get at Disneyland to increase your chances. Don’t leave it to one day!
  2. Download the Disneyland App
  3. Practice using the Disneyland App in the days before your visit. See how far you can go to join a group (you can’t actually join yet but it’s good to be comfortable with the app).
  4. Add all park tickets to the Disneyland App before you arrive, if at all possible.
  5. Add all park tickets to any other phones of friends/family going with you. Everyone needs to try to join a group, more phones=more chances. You will only be permitted to join once, so whoever gets through first is golden.
  6. Remove any tickets for people who are not attending (AP holder friends or tickets to special events like After Dark). The app auto selects everyone when it’s time to join a group. If you have to spend seconds unchecking other tickets, you may miss your chance to join a boarding group. Calling Disney is the only way to remove extra tickets! 
  7. Arrive at Disneyland parking at least 90 minutes before opening. 
  8. Arrive at security check points well before Disneyland opens. 
  9. Enter the park together, everyone needs to be inside to join a group. You cannot send one person ahead of the group.
  10. Tap Join a boarding group or My Status>Join Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance via the app as soon as Disneyland officially opens. If you have little ones tickets who won’t ride, join them to a group anyway! No time to lose by unselecting them. Just join. 
  11. If you do not have the app, go to Buzz Lightyear or Splash Mountain FASTPASS kiosk to join a boarding group, but chances are you won’t even have time to do this. Bring a friend who has a cell phone instead. 
  12. Head to Rise of the Resistance once your boarding group is called. 

Remember, each day they start with a number of boarding groups (not always 1). Then they designate some groups as being “back up groups”. They do not call every group. The lower the number, the better. They usually shut the ride down between 9pm and 10pm, so don’t expect them to run the ride until closing. Hopefully this changes, but for now this is what we know. 

Ride Rise of the Resistance in 2020

We’re making a big jump from opening weekend to all of 2020. I’m placing bets this ride will be one of the most (if not the most) popular attraction at Disneyland Resort for years to come. Cue Radiator Springs Racers that opened in 2012 and still regularly runs out of FASTPASSES by mid-day.

 

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Courtesy Disneyland Resort

Follow these steps to increase your chances of joining a boarding group:

  1. Buy your tickets in advance. Do not wait to buy at the parks. Discount tickets available here. Buy multi-day tickets with a park hopper. You’ll need all the mornings you can get at Disneyland to increase your chances. Don’t leave it to one day!
  2. Download the Disneyland App
  3. Practice using the Disneyland App in the days before your visit. See how far you can go to join a group (you can’t actually join yet but it’s good to be comfortable with the app).
  4. Add all park tickets to the Disneyland App before you arrive, if at all possible.
  5. Add all park tickets to any other phones of friends/family going with you. Everyone needs to try to join a group, more phones=more chances. You will only be permitted to join once, so whoever gets through first is golden.
  6. Remove any tickets for people who are not attending (AP holder friends, etc.). The app auto selects everyone when it’s time to join a group. If you have to spend seconds unchecking other tickets, you may miss your chance to join a boarding group.
  7. Arrive at Disneyland parking at least 90 minutes before opening. 
  8. Arrive at security check points well before Disneyland opens. 
  9. Enter the park together, everyone needs to be inside to join a group. You cannot send one person ahead of the group.
  10. Tap Join a boarding group or My Status>Join Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance via the app as soon as Disneyland officially opens. If you have little ones tickets who won’t ride, join them to a group anyway! No time to lose by unselecting them. Just join. 
  11. If you do not have the app, go to Buzz Lightyear or Splash Mountain FASTPASS kiosk to join a boarding group, but chances are you won’t even have time to do this. Bring a friend who has a cell phone instead. 
  12. Head to Rise of the Resistance once your boarding group is called. 

Rise of the Resistance is in high demand and we expect these tips to come into play during the year:

All About Boarding Groups and Virtual Queues

Virtual queues and boarding groups mean less waiting in line for one ride. It’s sorta like Disney MaxPass, but hang in there with me on virtual queues.

 

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Disneyland implemented Boarding Groups via the Disneyland App during Phase 1 of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Here’s the basics on Boarding Groups:

  • Boarding Groups and virtual queues give you the chance to ride Rise of the Resistance. There may be an additional boarding group for the land itself. Choose Rise of the Resistance if you plan to ride that attraction. Don’t worry about a boarding group to the land. 
  • You will have a 1-2 hour window to arrive at Galaxy’s Edge once your group is summoned. It is not a set time, but allows access when space is available. Check the app for your entry time. 
  • Boarding Groups DO NOT guarantee you entry to the ride.  
  • Boarding Group’s goal is to allow you an opportunity to ride Rise of the Resistance.
  • Back up Boarding Groups will be assigned as well. 

During the first opening days of Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland, Boarding Groups were gone within 1-3 minutes. As I update this post more daily I will continue to note when Boarding Groups are filling to capacity. 

Rise of the Resistance and Magic Morning

Magic Morning is an early admission option offered with advance 3+ day tickets at Disneyland Park. Guests with Magic Morning get access to Disneyland a whole hour earlier than the general public. Boarding groups and virtual queues will only open during regular park hours, not during Magic Morning. 

You still have an advantage using Magic Morning because you’re already in the park. You won’t be able to join a boarding group, but at least you are scanned in. 

What am I missing? What would you add to my Rise of the Resistance strategies?

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