BREAKING: Rise of the Resistance Will STOP Using Boarding Groups Soon in Disney World

One of the most popular rides in Disney World is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance!

It’s a very popular ride!

The technologically advanced attraction opened at Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios back in 2019, and has been using a boarding group system to load guests ever since. But now, Disney World plans to change that.

Disney shared today that “starting Sept. 23, we will pause the use of virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios may experience this incredible attraction using a traditional standby queue for the first time since it opened in 2019.”

Rise of the Resistance

In the announcement, Disney noted that the virtual queue has been very helpful for “attraction access, merchandise launches, grand openings and more” and that it will potentially return to Rise of the Resistance in the future. They also shared that it could be used from time to time, meaning that Hollywood Studios may only use the system when necessary.

Rise of the Resistance

But the loss of the virtual queue isn’t the only way that the boarding process for this attraction is changing. As part of the unveiling of the new Disney Genie+ system this fall, Rise of the Resistance is currently on the list of available Individual Attraction Selections. This means that guests can pay an individual fee to access this ride through the new Lightning Lane (what used to be the FastPass lane) and skip the standby wait.


So, for those planning their visits soon — the boarding group system will remain through September 22nd, then be replaced by the standby line. When Genie+ comes out (sometime this fall, no date announced yet), you can pay to have access to the Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane. It will not be included with the regular rides on Genie+ (which is $15 per ticket, per day), but purchased separately.

Rise of the Resistance pre-show room

We’ll make sure to check out the new standby line when it premieres next week, so stay tuned to AllEars for all the updates!

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8 Replies to “BREAKING: Rise of the Resistance Will STOP Using Boarding Groups Soon in Disney World”

  1. I seem to be the odd man out on this subject. After 4- trips since RoR opened, we have not been able to get on the ride yet, and yes, I am technologically literate. For those who have not been watching, RoR crowds have slowed enough that they have already been opening a walk up rider line most days in the late afternoon which indicates the shine for the new ride may be losing it’s luster. I think waiting in line is the way to go as it has been the standard since the parks opened. I will agree with everyone that paying, especially an individual ride premium, is too much on top of ticket prices. I’m be very interested to know what Disney management thinks about the demand level for the ride this soon after opening. I know it is still very busy, but I’m betting Disney didn’t think it would even slightly slow down this soon.

  2. Being able to join a Virtual Que from off site has been wonderful. I’m so disappointed Disney is taking it away. Just another way to screw up a good thing.

  3. Yes, make the standby line unbearable, so people will say “I don’t care what it cost, just let me skip the line!” I really don’t think Disney will fail. Universal and other theme parks haven’t. After all, Disney is now just another ordinary amusement park, an expensive one of course.

  4. This is an odd development to say the least. It sounds much more like an experiment and that this new policy could shift at any time.

    The good news is that a long line will likely deter many from trying to ride. Even though this is widely considered the best ride in all of Disney World, I believe the popularity was inflated by boarding groups and not having to wait in a long line.

    The bad news is that people are going to have to get to the park super early now. The whole purpose of going to the 7 a.m. opening window for boarding groups was so that people weren’t getting to the parks so early and causing a large crowd before sunrise.

    The worst news is for people like me who stay offsite. With resorts guests getting a 30 minute head start everyday at every park, I will likely have to pay the upwards of $25 per person to guarantee my party a ride.

    1. Will Disney’s greed ever stop. I have been going to Disney for over 30 years but I am so done with nickel and diming every little thing.

      Thank you for the memories. Time to say good bye. I am gonna be richer without you.

      1. I am hoping this new pay to ride system is an epic fail, and Disney reverts back to original paper fastpasses, I do remember not long along that Disney had a program to pay early access in MK to ride certain rides in the morning, it was expensive and didn’t last long. Hoping this is the same, Disney magic is just lost on me right now, just not the same Disney experience as before.