Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been open for two days now, and predictably, this attraction has been a massive hit, drawing huge crowds to Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, what surprised us about the first few days of operation was how Disney has been changing their opening policies in an effort to deal with the large crowds of guests who show up at the park long before opening, wanting to guarantee themselves a spin on this new attraction. And after two days, here are some things that we've noticed that may help you if you want to experience this new attraction.
Get to the park as EARLY as possible, before opening
Right now, in order to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests need to check in via a virtual queue "boarding system" that allows them to reserve a place in line on their phone using the My Disney Experience app, and then return to the attraction once their boarding number is up (guests can see the current boarding number on their phones as well as on tip boards posted throughout the park).
However, because this system is first-come, first-serve, many guests have been arriving at the park several hours before opening (as early at 4:00 AM!) in order to make sure they can be the first in the park and reserve their virtual queue spot for this new ride.
In order to deal with these throngs of guests, Disney has been quietly opening the park around 6:00 AM, allowing guests to join a boarding group and even experience some attractions several hours before the park's regular 9:00 AM opening time. And though this may seem like it might not affect guests who arrive at regular park opening, unfortunately because Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is such a popular attraction, virtual queue spots have been "selling out" before the official park opening. So if you want to make sure you can experience this attraction, you'll definitely need to set your alarm, because if you plan to arrive at the park at the currently posted opening time, you might be too late!
It's worth noting that beginning December 9th, Disney has announced that Disney's Hollywood Studios will open earlier than normal at 8:00 AM every day (except for Sunday mornings when Extra Magic Hours are offered), which might mean the 6:00 AM surprise openings could be coming to an end as Disney could begin enforcing their new, earlier opening time. However, we'd still suggest that if you want to experience this attraction, to come as early as possible, even if the park isn't technically open so that you can secure your spot close to the front gates so you can get through the tapstiles and reserve your boarding pass ASAP.