What It’s Like to Ride Rise of the Resistance WITHOUT a Boarding Group in Disney World

Not too long ago, Disney announced that fans would soon be able to hop on one of Disney World’s most popular rides — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — without a Boarding Group.

Rise of the Resistance

Well now that day has arrived! Starting today, September 23rd, Disney has paused the use of Boarding Groups at Rise of the Resistance. That means fans can just hop in the traditional standby line to ride this popular attraction. But, what does that standby experience look like and just how long are the lines today? Here’s what we’re seeing.

We arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios bright and early this morning to try and ride Rise of the Resistance WITHOUT a boarding group. To ride the attraction, you’ll first need to find the end of the line. That alone might be a bit of a task.

End of the Line

At one point, the line stretched nearly ALL the way back to 50s Prime Time Cafe.

Let’s just say, we weren’t the only ones trying to ride Rise of the Resistance today.

Things Are Busy

Despite the long length of the line, it moved fairly quickly this morning.

More of the Line

Here’s what things look like once you’re inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

During our experience today, Disney weaved guests in the line through parts of the standby Rise of the Resistance queue, back out and around the Muppet*Vision 3-D area, and then back into the standard Rise of the Resistance queue.

The Lines Weaves Throughout Various Spaces

So the length of the line can be a bit deceiving.

The Line

Be sure to look for markings on the floor in certain spaces, directing guests where to go.

Part of the Line

A huge thanks to one of our readers, @emfelker on Instagram, who sent us the photo below. Our reader noted that they arrived at the park at 7:45AM this morning, was able to enter Disney’sHollywood Studios at 8AM, was in line at 8:37AM, and was able to ride by 8:50AM. Awesome!

The Line

It seems arriving extremely early and hopping into the line just as you enter worked out well for our reader and might be a good strategy to utilize.

Part of the Line

As of around 10:20 AM (ET) the wait was around 150 minutes for the attraction.

©Disney

We stopped by again later in the day to see how long the line was and the wait time had gone down quite a bit! Around 3PM, signage listed the line as being 60 minutes and Cast Members that we spoke with said that it was likely even shorter.

Line was down to 60 minutes around 3PM

And, it was pretty clear that the crowds had died down because guests were able to head directly into the queue rather than twist through the extended line area that was used in the morning. So, it looks like waiting until later in the day to get in line might secure you a short wait!

The extended queue was empty!

Note that while the virtual queue (boarding group system) has been temporarily paused at the moment, Disney has noted that it may return in the future or may pop up from time to time, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for updates on that. Be sure to check your My Disney Experience app ahead of and throughout your trip for updates.

We’ll keep an eye out for more updates and let you know what we find. Stay tuned for more information.

Will you try to ride Rise of the Resistance without a boarding group? Tell us in the comments!

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4 Replies to “What It’s Like to Ride Rise of the Resistance WITHOUT a Boarding Group in Disney World”

  1. Are you kidding, more than $100 to get in and 2-3 hours standing in line. Looks like the new Disney CEO has abandoned Walt’s original intention to have a “park” for everyone and is going to make a fortune on the less fortunate.

  2. Confuses me that Boarding Groups used to fill within seconds yet after canceling them the ride could apparently accommodate everyone. All I can guess is that people are willing to try for a Boarding Group but not to stand in line for an hour or two. But this explanation fails to explain how people stood for that long in standby for FOP for so long.