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Virtual Queue at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opens with Advertised Park Hours

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We’re happier than a womp rat in a sand storm about the response we’ve been getting for our newest attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. It’s clear guests visiting Black Spire Outpost are enjoying the opportunity to help the Resistance in their fight against the First Order.

As more and more guests ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we’ve been testing new ideas to make the overall experience the best it can be. We’ve been learning so much and are focused on continuing to make the process of getting into the park and onto the attraction even better every day and want to ensure all of our guests know what to expect when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Here’s what to know:

  • Virtual queue will be available at the published park opening time. We may welcome guests onto Hollywood Boulevard prior to opening the rest of the park, and limited nearby locations will be open for your convenience. This includes Trolley Car Café where you can pick up a beverage for your own personal “jump to lightspeed,” and if you need to grab a few galactic gifts, Keystone Clothiers will be available.
  • At the park’s published opening time, the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens along with offerings throughout the rest of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests must be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to access virtual queue in the My Disney Experience app.

Due to the incredible popularity of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we will continue to distribute backup boarding groups after the initial planned groups have been filled. Backup boarding groups will only be called if all of the initial planned boarding groups have been called back and there is capacity for more riders that evening. If we are able to accommodate boarding groups that evening, guests will be notified through the My Disney Experience app by a push notification (if enabled). 

For anyone with questions or needing a hand with the virtual queue, the members of the Guest Experience Team are available throughout the park to assist. And while people wait for their turn to rise up with the Resistance, there’s plenty to do around Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here are a few of our recommendations! 

Now is the time to join the cause. Visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Ignite the spark! Light the fire!

As a reminder, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will debut at Disneyland park on January 17, 2020.


  • My question is will this apply later on when morning Extra Magic Hours come back? Or will you have to wait until the park officially opens for everyone like it is now. I’m assuming it’ll still be how it is now, but I’m just wondering.

  • I was at the park at 6:37 am this morning, through the turnstiles just before 7:00 and at 7:01 I had boarding group 17. My notification to join my boarding group came at 7:26. I like the changes, much better than having to be at the park before 5:00 am and waiting an hour or more to get into the park.

  • Well done done, Disney. I’m a Disneyland AP. In little less then a month, I hope the expierence here goes a smooth a it has in FL.

  • They changed the BG process, now they can’t be booked until park opening. If you get there at 6am or a 7:59am (for a 8:00 park opening) you have the exact same chance of getting a BG now.

  • Personally this whole “virtual” line is ridiculous. You literally have to be at hollywood studios at 6am to get a boarding pass and they’re all gone. My husband and i were there last night and didn’t even get a chance to get a boarding pass. Before that we’ve tried many time but we find out they’re all gone for the day. I rather wait in a 8 hour line than wait months to ride this.

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