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Though Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been open for several months now, demand for this attraction is not slowing down, with throngs of guests flooding Disney's Hollywood Studios every day to try and experience this new ride. Making matters worse is Disney has basically done away with early morning openings at Disney's Hollywood Studios due to sweeping cuts, which has made getting on to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance even more tricky, as there are more guests than ever all competing for a spot on this blockbuster attraction. 

With all of these changes in mind, lets take a look at how to get on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in February 2020. 

 Expect Regular boarding groups to be gone in 60 seconds, backup boarding groups in five minutes

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Back in January 1, 2020, when Disney's Hollywood Studios was opening at 7:00 AM, the majority of regular boarding passes were gone by 7:10 AM, and "backup" boarding groups lasting until around 9:00 AM, two hours after the park officially opens. However, with the park now opening an hour later, there are more guests than ever trying to naba spot on this attraction, and regular boarding groups are almost always gone within the first minute of the park opening, with backup groups (which do not guarantee a ride and are only called if there is enough queue space at the end of the day) now gone in around five minutes. 

Because of this new trend, here's our suggestion for making sure you are able to experience this attraction when you visit Disney's Hollywood Studios:

  • Make sure you are in the park and through security by 7:30 AM
  • Turn off the in-park wi-fi and close all apps (including My Disney Experience) around 7:45 AM
  • Open JUST the My Disney Experience app at 7:57 AM so it can load, and then stay on the home screen. You'll need to scroll and tap the home screen a few times if it loads quickly so your phone doesn't go to sleep before 8:00 AM.
  • At EXACTLY 8:00 AM on the dot (it's helpful if you have a watch that counts down the seconds for this step) select “Find Out More” You should see “Join Group” on the next screen, select it and then choose your party as quickly as you can to get your boarding group. 
  • If you don't see “Join Group” on the screen exactly at 8:00 AM, immediately select “Check Status” and then you should see “Join Boarding Group” on the next screen, and then from there you can select your party and get your boarding group. 
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Though this sounds like a lot of steps, this is the most reliable way we've found to get on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with the 8:00 AM park openings, and though its basically luck of the draw if you get Boarding Group 6 or 60, we've had no trouble getting a guaranteed boarding group using this method. However, once you secure you're boarding group, there are some additional steps you need to take to ensure you get to experience this attraction. 



Thanks for this great advice! We caught the 7am bus from Port Orleans Riverside this morning and were inside the park by 7:30am. We followed your instructions exactly... turned off WiFi, pushed the button at 8am on the dot and got Group 13! Less than a minute later, the people at the table next to us were in group 100. Our group was called around 8:30 and we’re still in the queue at 9:20 because the ride broke down, but other than that we’re good to go. Thanks again!

So pleased it worked for you and really hope you enjoyed the ride. Thanks for reading Theme Park Tourist and kind regards.

We loved the ride. Totally worth the early morning effort!

I just got a boarding group this morning sitting in my bedroom...in Minnesota!!! Group 13. I was just trying to test it out. I've got pictures to prove it...don't know what to do.

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