Rise of the Resistance has been a super popular ride at Walt Disney World since it opened in 2019!
But, instead of waiting in line for hours, Disney used a virtual queue system with boarding passes, so you could book your pass and then come back when it was your turn to go on the ride. Getting boarding passes was a challenge in itself though, because they got scooped up very fast once they were made available! We gave you tips on maximizing your chances of getting a pass, but now, all of that is about to go out the window, because Rise of the Resistance is going to switch to a normal standby line soon!
Yep, you read that right. Starting September 23rd, you will now wait in a physical line to go on Rise of the Resistance.
We are really curious to see what those wait times are going to look like, but there is another way you’ll be able to get on Rise without using the normal line: Individual Attraction Selection.
Individual Attraction Selection is coming soon as part of the new Disney Genie system through My Disney Experience. Basically, you will be able to pay individually to skip the line at certain high demand attractions, like Rise of the Resistance, using the new Lightning Lane.
This is different than Genie+, which includes over 40 rides at Disney World and is paid for separately. We do not know the current cost of individual rides through Individual Attraction Selection yet, but paying for Genie+ will NOT give you access to them.
So, what does this mean now that Rise of the Resistance is no longer using a virtual queue? Well, for starters, you won’t have to wake up at 7AM and decide between trying to secure a boarding pass for free or basically paying for one.
Now, you will only need to get up that early if you want to BUY a pass to skip the line. Remember, Individual Attraction Selections become available to Disney hotel guests at 7AM and to other guests at park open. Otherwise, you can just show up to the ride and get in line.
This also means boarding passes for Individual Attraction Selection will not be taken out of the current boarding pass supply. So, there won’t be less boarding passes to go around for free or for paying guests because they will now only be available to people paying to skip the line at Rise.
With this new change, it might incentivize more people to pay to skip the line at Rise rather than waiting for hours. Let’s face it, this will probably now be the longest wait time in Disney World, and Disney knows not everyone will want to wait — some people would rather just pay to get on the ride!
So, now your only two options to get on Rise of the Resistance is to pay for a pass to skip the line or physically wait in line. We’re sure rope drop at Hollywood Studios will be even crazier now!
Disney did say they were “pausing” the virtual queue system at Rise of the Resistance, so this doesn’t sound like it will be permanent. We’ll keep you updated, so stay tuned to All Ears for more.
What do you think about this new change to Rise of the Resistance? Let us know in the comments!