Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland will launch its second headliner attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, on Jan. 17, 2020. The attraction already opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, so word is out about the groundbreaking ultimate Star Wars experience. So how can you make sure you get a chance to ride if you’re visiting Disneyland after it opens?
It has been confirmed by the OC Register, that Disneyland will use a virtual queue with boarding passes similar to what is currently in use at Hollywood Studios. In order to secure a boarding pass, which holds your place in the virtual queue, you’ll need to be inside the gates of Disneyland and use the Disneyland app to check in to the virtual queue.
After that, keep your eye on your push notifications to know when it’s your boarding group’s time to report to the Resistance Camp in Galaxy’s Edge and enter the standby queue for Rise of The Resistance.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering. Aboard the innovative attraction guests ride a full-size transport shuttle on a special mission to meet General Leia Organa. Alas, things go wrong and you and your fellow resistance fighters are captured by a Star Destroyer and end up in the middle of a climactic battle between the dark side of the First Order and the light side of the Resistance, including help from Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and BB-8.
Rise of the Resistance elevates the bar for all Disney attraction and offers guests 20-30 minutes of exciting Star Wars adventure that will blur the lines between fantasy and reality on a scale never seen before in a Disney theme park.
Note that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. Additionally, Disney Fastpass or MaxPass are not yet available at either attraction. For now, the only way to get a ride is to arrive early enough to secure a boarding pass.
How early will that be? At Hollywood Studios people were lining up as early as 4am and Disney actually started opening the park as early as 6am. As of now, guests are let into the center of DHS before park opening, but the virtual queue doesn’t open until the park does, then you have to have fast fingers to get an early boarding group for you and your party.
Disneyland is currently scheduled to open at 8am on the 17-20th. We expect them to follow a similar procedure.
The one difference between the opening at Hollywood Studios and Disneyland is the Anaheim version will have had a few days of cast member previews before opening to the public. Hopefully, this will help them work out some of the operational quirks and be running near full capacity before the ride opens to the public on the 17th.
That said, I expect all the boarding passes to be gone before rope-drop for at least the first week or so at Disneyland. So plan to arrive early if you want to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.