PHOTOS - Virtual queue boarding groups deployed for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening day

Dec 05, 2019 in "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance"

Opening Day at Star Wars Rise of the Resistance
Posted: Thursday December 5, 2019 7:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has deployed its virtual queue boarding groups for today's opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Parking opened at around 4:30am, with guests quickly forming lines inside the park to travel to Batuu.

The first boarding groups entered the attraction at around 6:30am, and at the same time guests just arriving at the park were seeing boarding group estimates of "afternoon."

Using Boarding Groups

The first step is to make sure you download the My Disney Experience app if you don’t already have it. Once you enter the park, open the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge section and go to “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group.” Click on “Find Out More.” The next screen will share the current boarding status of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. If boarding groups are available, you may be able to tap “Join Boarding Group.” There will also be a display indicating which boarding group may now enter the attraction.

Additional information about virtual queue:

  • You must physically be inside the park to join a boarding group. 
  • If “Join a Boarding Group” is grayed out, that means the boarding groups are full for the day and are no longer available.
  • As long as your My Disney Experience account is linked to park tickets for you and the others in your group, you’ll be able to enroll everyone in the virtual queue at the same time.
  • Make sure push notifications are turned on for My Disney Experience so you will be alerted if your boarding group is called to return. 
  • You’ll have up to two hours from the time of the alert to go to the entrance of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, so there’s no need to rush right over.  
  • Please note that joining a boarding group does not guarantee the ability to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
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Hawg G9 hours ago

They do for FoP, which is many levels of worthiness below RotR.

UNCgolf10 hours ago

Anyone who doesn't get to ride is going to complain no matter what system they use. A randomized lottery is a better system overall and, as I said, far more equitable. The other systems they've tried give certain people an advantage over others; a random lottery puts everyone on equal footing. I honestly can't believe Disney didn't do that from the start.

DCBaker10 hours ago

145 is the last group of the night, called around 7pm (9 groups more than yesterday).

Demarke10 hours ago

I like the fastest finger; however, I think they should go back to requiring being in the park (not that that system doesn’t have a drawback or two as well). At least with that system it limited it to people who were actually all definitely going to the park and to those motivated enough to get to the park a little early for it and avoided people potentially claiming park reservations and deciding whether to go or change their plans to do something else (or stay home in the case of locals) after the draw.

DCBaker10 hours ago

Is that roughly averaging out to 50 guests per group?

disneygeek9011 hours ago

That’s fine, but you know the family that gets bad luck and shut out all 3 days during their trip will complain about that too.

lentesta11 hours ago

For what it's worth, our counts at DL ROTR average out to around 1,500 guests per hour.

UNCgolf11 hours ago

Randomized lottery. Makes 100000x more sense than what they're currently doing and is far more equitable to all guests.

disneygeek9011 hours ago

So... what do you suggest? If they go to standby, I don't see that little kid wanting to stand in a 3 hour line either.

Hawg G11 hours ago

that has zero to do with local APers riding over and over, and little kids/families/whoever on a one day in 5 years trip to DHS. Disney is spending money to advertise the ride, then letting those well aware of the ride without the advertising to fill the extremely limited spaces. Those that were drawn in from the advertising are getting no boarding groups. They are treating their customers paying top dollar horrifically, although many of those customers don't even realize it.

MisterPenguin14 hours ago

That was pretty much the indication of your last posted count, too. Seems like this is a sure thing at this point.

lentesta14 hours ago

We counted 1,493 guests exiting ROTR today between 10:39 AM and 11:39 AM. There were either 14 or 15 BGs called, so somewhere between 100 and 107 people per BG. I'm going to say 100. We also counted 988 guests between 12:23 PM and 1:23 PM. There seems to be around 7 BGs called, so that was in the middle of an operational issue where the BG count didn't increase for a while. My guess is some of those 988 were in BGs right before the issue, so again, I think around 100 guests/BG is a decent ballpark.

rustincohle15 hours ago

Limiting locals' rides on it seems unnecessary IMO, but I could see on-site guests of a certain number of days getting one guaranteed pass to go on, seems like it would fit with the direction Disney are trending in. Could limit it to use before 1PM so that the second boarding group drop could have a more accurate guess at numbers.

UNCgolf15 hours ago

None of this would be an issue if Disney just did the sensible thing with a randomized lottery. Sign up the day/night before, and then get a notification if you were selected for a BG the next morning.