When it comes to opening Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Disneyland is taking its lead from Walt Disney World. After a few adjustments in the procedure, Disney’s Hollywood Studios now has a mostly fair and relatively simple method to get in the virtual queue for the attraction. Disneyland will adopt a very similar policy when the second major attraction opens in its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
First you will need to make sure you have a smart phone with the official Disneyland mobile app installed and your account information for everyone in your party added to it. Since Wifi will probably be overloaded, make sure you have strong cell service too.
How to enter the virtual queue.
When the attraction opens on January 17, you’ll want to arrive early enough to make it into Disneyland for rope-drop. Then when the park hours officially begin you can check in on your app and join the Virtual Queue. You’ll be assigned a boarding pass number and will get an alert on your phone or check one of the display boards located around the resort for which boarding group is being allowed boarding next.
To join look in the Disneyland app for a dedicated module, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group, available from the main page. If you don’t see it, do a quick upgrade on the app.
Here’s how it will work according to Disney’s published rules:
- Request to join a boarding group to ride the attraction, once you have entered Disneyland park. The virtual queue will not be available until published park opening hours.
- Boarding groups will be sent a push notification when it is their turn to enter the attraction queue and you can monitor status of boarding groups from the app.
- There also will be the ability to join a boarding group from select locations inside Disneyland park, if you are not using the app. The boarding group is tied to admission that will be scanned upon entry of the attraction.
- Signage throughout the park will also display boarding group status.
- Admission into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be subject to capacity, and having an assigned boarding group will not guarantee entrance to the attraction.
What to do while you wait
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has lot of other experiences that aren’t the two main apps. You can use the Disneyland app to book reservations for a few of them. These include building your own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop, assembling a custom astromech droid unit at Droid Depot, or enjoying an out-of-this-world beverage at Oga’s Cantina. Reservation are available up to 60 days in advance and book up quickly
Are you heading to Disneyland to enjoy Rise of the Resistance during its first few weeks over operations? What are your plans?