Back in October, Disney made an important change to the initial virtual "boarding group" distribution time at 7:00 AM, which allows guests to secure boarding group times on the day of their park reservation, regardless of where they are. Boarding groups can be accessed from Disney resort hotel, or wherever else nearby a guest might be at that time. You can read more about how that works here.
And though this early morning boarding group will now be available to all guests regardless of where they are, the "second chance" virtual queue that previously opened at 2:00 PM daily for anyone who wasn’t already able to join a boarding group earlier in the day will now be opening an hour earlier, at 1:00 PM beginning next week on December 20, 2020. As was the case previously, this second chance boarding group will still be location-locked, and guests must be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to access this additional virtual queue opportunity.
In addition to the change in boarding group drop times Disney has also clarified that when Park Hopper hours become available on Jan. 1, 2021, Guests visiting from another theme park will not be able to request to join the virtual queue for this attraction.
This new policy for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance's virtual queue will hopefully relieve a lot of the early afternoon pressure at this park and reduce guests coming into the park late in the afternoon specifically to try for a boarding group for this attraction only, especially if they've already been to another Disney park. Of course, Disney may change this policy in the future if there are any hiccups, and we'll let you know if that happens!