Rise of the Resistance, the centerpiece of Disney’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, recently made its eagerly awaited debut, and fans are burning with questions about the new attraction. We attended the press previews and braved the opening week crowds in order to bring you the vital information you need to know in order to experience this immersive installment of the Skywalker saga for yourself.
What is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance?
Rise of the Resistance is an indoor dark ride that Disney describes as the most “epic” attraction they have ever created. The storyline puts you into the middle of the war between the heroic Resistance and villainous First Order, set in between the films The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. The experience combines several different ride genres – including a simulator, a walk-through, trackless vehicles, and an elevator drop – into a seamless adventure that lasts about 20 minutes.
When and where can I ride Rise of the Resistance?
The new ride opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida’s Walt Disney World on Dec. 5, and is now in regular daily operation. An identical version opened at California’s Disneyland Park on Jan. 17, 2020.
Is Rise of the Resistance scary or rough?
Rise of the Resistance is a masterpiece of sensory overload, filled with overwhelming visual effects, explosive sound effects, and in-your-face encounters with intimidating characters like Kylo Ren. However, in terms of physical thrills, it is relatively mild. The initial simulator experience is experienced while standing without restraints, and largely consists of a rumbling floor. The bulk of the ride is experienced in a trackless vehicle that glides across a flat floor, making sharp turns similar to a classic Fantasyland dark ride. The finale features a single brief elevator drop that is closer to Flight of Passage than Tower of Terror, followed by a short sequence of simulated movement that is somewhat less intense than Star Tours. If you are very sensitive to motion, you could experience the first portions of the attraction, and ask to exit before the final ride portion. The attraction has a minimum height requirement of 40 inches, and offers a child swap option.
Does Rise of the Resistance offer FastPass?
No, at the current time, Rise of the Resistance does not offer FastPass, FastPass+, or MaxPass. The attraction was constructed to accommodate a FastPass queue, but for now, that is only being used by guests with special needs. There is also no single rider option.
Does Rise of the Resistance have a Standby queue?
No, at the current time, Rise of the Resistance does not offer a standard standby queue. That means that there is no posted wait time, and you cannot simply get in line at any time you choose. At this time, the only way to ride Rise of the Resistance is with a Virtual Boarding Pass.
How do I retrieve a Virtual Boarding Pass for Rise of the Resistance?
To begin, you must have a Disney online account with valid park admission tickets for all members of your party attached to it. Install the latest version of the My Disney Experience (in Walt Disney World) or Disneyland mobile app on your smartphone, enable push notifications, and log into your account. At the park’s published opening time, the ride’s virtual queue will become available. At that point, you can tap “join a group” and add other members of your party to your group.
Can someone get a Virtual Boarding Pass without entering the park?
No. All members of your party must have scanned their valid admission at the park entrance before they are eligible for a Virtual Boarding Pass. However, once you have entered the park, you are able to exit and still join a boarding group.
What is the best way of using the Disney app to get a Virtual Boarding Pass?
Once inside the park, make sure your My Disney Experience or Disneyland app is properly signed in, then close it and all other apps on your phone. Re-open Disney’s app a few seconds before park opening, and tap “Find Out More” under “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — Access By Boarding Group.” If “Join Boarding Group” is illuminated, tap it and select (or deselect) the members of your party who are present. If “Join Boarding Group” is grey, tap “My Status” and then tap “Join Boarding Group.” If it is still unavailable, pull down on the “My Status” screen to refresh, or go back to the main screen and try again. As a last resort, close the app and restart it.
Should I use Disney’s WiFi or my cellular data to get a Virtual Boarding Pass?
Theoretically, Disney’s own free WiFi service should have the fastest direct connection to Mickey’s mainframes, but in our experience the network is easily overwhelmed when thousands of guests hit refresh at the same time. As long as you have a strong cell signal, the general consensus is that using your smartphone provider’s data service is your best best.
Can more than one member of my party try to get a Virtual Boarding Pass?
Yes! Each member of your party should have their own log-in for the app, and connect ahead of time to the other members of your party using the Friends & Family feature (in My Disney Experience) or by scanning tickets (at Disneyland). Then, everyone can try to join a boarding group at opening; the first person to get in can select the other members, and everyone else will get a “not so fast” message once the group number is confirmed.
Where is the best place to get a Virtual Boarding Pass?
Once you’ve entered the park, you can join the mob to rope-drop your first attraction of the day. But if your priority is is getting a Rise of the Resistance Virtual Boarding Pass, you’ll want to find an uncrowded area in order to improve your odds of solid reception. Touring Plans did some testing, and found Animation Courtyard to be the best spot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Disneyland, Critter Country is typically the least crowded area. Remember that you can exit the park after scanning in; Anaheim’s Downtown Disneyland or the Skyliner route to Epcot are both great places to pull a Virtual Boarding Pass, as long as you’re able to re-enter the park within the window once your group is called.
Can I get a Virtual Boarding Pass without a smartphone?
At Walt Disney World, if you do not have access to a smartphone, see a Cast Member at a blue “Guest Experience” kiosk for assistance.
A Disneyland, boarding passes can be retrieved by scanning a physical ticket at kiosks in Critter Country (near Splash Mountain) or Tomorrowland (near Space Mountain). Be warned that unless you are very close to the front of the kiosk’s queue at opening, all boarding groups may be gone before you can scan. You can learn more about getting a Virtual Boarding Pass for the ride at Disneyland park here.
How do I use my Rise of the Resistance Virtual Boarding Pass?
When the ride is operating, virtual boarding groups will be called in order at a rate that’s determined by how well the attraction is running (roughly 10-12 per hour). When your group is called, you’ll receive a notification on your phone, and be given a one-hour time limit (sometimes 2 hours) in which to return. Approach the attraction entrance to have your MagicBand or ticket scanned, and you’ll be permitted to enter the queue, where you should wait around 30 minutes or less before reaching the first preshow.
What is a Backup Boarding Group?
Once the initial batch of Virtual Boarding Groups are claimed– which can happen within seconds of the park opening — Disney switches to distributing Backup Boarding Groups, which may be available for several minutes or longer. Backup Boarding Groups will only be called if all of the initial planned Boarding Groups have been called and there is time for more riders. Joining a Backup Boarding Group does not guarantee access to the attraction. If you join a Backup Boarding Group, you’ll receive a push notification if your Boarding Group is called, the same as the regular Virtual Boarding Groups. This information will also be available in the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps.
What if I can’t get in a Boarding Group or Backup Boarding Group?
You may enjoy any of the other attractions in the park, including the rest of Galaxy’s Edge, but you will have to come back on another day in order to experience Rise of the Resistance. The attraction has not yet offered a standby option yet.
How early do I need to arrive to make sure I get a Virtual Boarding Pass?
You need to be inside the park before the official opening time if you want to ride, as boarding passes are distributed within minutes (or even seconds) after park open. If you enter the park after park open, you might be able to get a Backup Boarding Pass, which may or may not get called. On busy days, even some guests who made it inside the park before opening might still be shut out.
We recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes to an hour before opening to be sure you’re inside by the time Boarding Passes become available.
Can I get more than one Virtual Boarding Pass in a day?
No, this was possible during the first couple of days of operation, but at this time guests are restricted to one Virtual Boarding Pass for Rise of the Resistance per day.
Do I need a Virtual Boarding Pass to enter Galaxy’s Edge or ride Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run?
No, all guests may freely enter the Star Wars land and use the standby line for the Millennium Falcon ride. Savi’s Workshop, the Droid Depot, and Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge may require advance reservations. They can be made in the My Disney Experience or Disneyland app.
Can I leave the park once I have my Virtual Boarding Pass and return later?
Yes, as soon as you are assigned a boarding group number, you are free to exit and visit a different park, or even head back to your hotel for some more shut-eye. Just be certain to keep the volume up on your phone, since you’ll usually only have one or two hours to enter the attraction once you receive your return notification.
What happens if Rise of the Resistance breaks down?
As a cutting-edge attraction, Rise of the Resistance is subject to frequent “technical difficulties,” although downtimes have typically lasted less than an hour. If the attraction is not running, they will pause calling boarding groups, and resume at the same number upon reopening. Guests who have redeemed their boarding passes, but not yet boarded the ride will usually be allowed to remain in the queue, and Disney will sometimes treat them to complimentary snacks during the delay.
Guests who must be evacuated in the middle of the ride have received FastPasses to retry the ride as soon as it reopens that day, plus a bonus FastPass valid for any of the park’s other attractions.
If the attraction is unable to reopen, guests with Virtual Boarding Passes that had not yet been called when the ride ceased operating for the day have received a FastPass for the ride on a later day, and a free one-day park admission ticket. Guests with Backup Boarding Group numbers that are not called receive no compensation. (Compensation is cited only as an example and is not guaranteed.)
How does Extra Magic Hours affect Rise of the Resistance?
Rise of the Resistance does not operate for Walt Disney World resort guests during early-morning Extra Magic Hours, and virtual boarding passes are not available until regular park guests are allowed into the park. Extra Magic Hours is great for experiencing the park’s other thrill rides with shorter waits, but provides no significant advantage for riding Rise of the Resistance. None of the attractions in Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge participate in Magic Mornings.
Is Rise of the Resistance wheelchair accessible?
Rise of the Resistance is fully ADA compliant; however, uses of scooters and certain motorized wheelchairs may need to transfer to a provided manual wheelchair in order to navigate the queue and/or preshows. In addition, all wheelchair users must transfer into the ride vehicle’s bench seat and fasten the seatbelt. The ride vehicles’ doors open extra-wide to accommodate transfers, but be aware that you cannot roll into the vehicle, and there is a small step up from the floor when boarding.
How does Disability Access Service (DAS) work with Rise of the Resistance?
Guests with disabilities that make them unable to wait in lines who have valid DAS on their account must still retrieve a Virtual Boarding Pass for Rise of the Resistance, using the same method as all other guests. Once you have your boarding group number, go to the attraction entrance and get a Cast Member to sign you up for a DAS return time via your park ticket or MagicBand. You will still have to wait until your boarding group is called, but when you return to the ride you’ll be allowed to use the FastPass queue, expediting your entry into the first preshow.
So, is riding Rise of the Resistance worth all this trouble?
In a word, Yes! Many guests are saying that Rise of the Resistance is their favorite attraction at Walt Disney World, and possibly the best theme park ride anywhere. See what you think when you see it in person for yourself, or spoil yourself now and join the debate by watching our highlights video: