Walt Disney World has dropped a bombshell for those looking to ride the popular Rise of the Resistance attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…they’re “pausing” the use of the virtual queue as of September 23, 2021.
What will take its place? Disney Parks says they will make available the traditional standby queue that many other attractions use.
Of course, the new Disney Genie service is about to roll out at the parks, and one of the optional features is Genie+ which will allow guests to purchase arrival times at attractions to use in the new Lightning Lane.
My guess is this switch to the standby queue for Rise of the Resistance is in preparation for Genie+, especially with the huge crowds anticipated for the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary on October 1. This has not been confirmed by Disney Parks.
Curiously, at this time only Walt Disney World is going from virtual queue to standby. Disneyland’s Rise of the Resistance attraction will still be utilizing the virtual queue.
This will be the first time since the attraction opened on December 5, 2019 that it will have a standby queue. I have a feeling this won’t go over well with park guests even though some have been frustrated by the virtual queue.
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