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How to Ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland
January 20, 2020
Author: Kimberly Fidler
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It’s finally here! Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is now open in Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort! Our team was there opening day to experience the attraction and get all of the information on how to ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland.
 

Rise of Resistance Ride Exterior

 

How to Ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

As of January 17, 2020, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is officially open to guests at the Disneyland Resort. This attraction is the second and main attraction to open inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and it is a BIG deal. It’s the most immersive, most ambitious, and quite possibly the most thrilling attraction ever, anywhere in the entire world. But, if you want to ride it, there are a few things to know. We were there opening day and are ready to share everything you need to know about how you can ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland. 

Boarding Groups for Rise of the Resistance

The very first thing you need to know if you want to ride Rise of the Resistance is that the Disneyland Resort is implementing Boarding Groups for guests to be able to ride. A Boarding Group will hold your place in a virtual line so that you can explore the rest of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the rest of the Disneyland Resort while you await your ride time. As of right now, being part of a Boarding Group is the ONLY way you'll be able to ride.

Access by Boarding Group Only Sign

How do I get in a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance?

In order to get into a Boarding Group, you first must have theme park admission to Disneyland for the day. Once you're inside the Park, there are two ways to get into a Boarding Group: through the Disneyland app or through Guest Services.

In order to get into a Boarding Group either way, there are three things you must know.

  • First, you MUST be scanned into Disneyland Park (not Disney California Adventure Park) in order to get a Boarding Group.
  • Second, everyone in your party must be inside Disneyland. You cannot send someone in your group to get Boarding Groups for everyone.
  • And finally, we recommend being inside the park at least few minutes before it opens because as of right now, most Boarding Groups are assigned within a few minutes of park opening. So, let's get into how you do it!

Rey Projection on ride

Using the Disneyland App to Get a Boarding Group

The easiest and most likely way to get your place in a Boarding Group is through the official Disneyland Resort App. Just make sure the most recent version of the app is downloaded on your phone before you go. You'll also want to load each of your tickets onto the app and link them together before entering the park.

Once you enter Disneyland for the day, you’ll see an area on the home page specifically for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. You can click "Find Out More." From there, you'll see two buttons: "My Status" and "Join Boarding Group." As soon as the park is open for the day, you’ll be able to click "Join Boarding Group" for the opportunity to be assigned a Boarding Group. You’ll be alerted through the app when your Boarding Group is called. You’ll have two hours from the time your Boarding Group is called to ride the attraction. 

Closed Open Join App

How to Get a Boarding Group Without the App

If you don’t have the app, or don’t want to use your smartphone to get into a Boarding Group, you can get into one from anyone in Guest Services. You can find Guest Services at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. and at locations throughout the park. If you get your Boarding Group assignment through Guest Services, you can check the status of your group on electronic boards placed throughout the park. At this point, most of the Boarding Groups are taken within minutes of the park opening, so we highly recommend using the app to secure a Boarding Group. No matter how you get your reservation, be sure you keep an eye on posted return times, because you will NOT want to miss your time to ride.

How early can I get into a Boarding Group?

Boarding Groups will open as soon as the park officially opens to the general public. This is the posted opening time, not when they open the gates. For example, on opening day the official posted opening time was 8am. However, because people were lined up much earlier than that, Disneyland opened the gates and began letting guests in. The park still did not open until 8am, and Boarding Groups did not open up until 8am.  There is absolutely no benefit to arriving at the park hours early. Once Boarding Groups open, everyone has the same exact opportunity to snag one.

Storm Trooper line up on ride

That means that even if you have Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour, you will not be able to access the Boarding Group until the official park opening. It’s always a good idea to check the Disneyland app or website to confirm park hours, and it’s even more crucial if you’d like to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. We recommend getting to the Park approximately an hour prior to opening to make sure that you are through the front gates and can enter a Boarding Group as soon as Disneyland is open. 

I have my Boarding Group. Now what?

The very best thing about being in a Boarding Group is that you can do whatever you want while the virtual queue holds your place in line! If you have a lower Boarding Group number (up to around 20-ish), you'll probably want to hang around pretty close to the attraction. Ride Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, grab a Ronto Wrap, or wander through the shops at Black Spire Outpost. If you have a higher number and a Park Hopper, head over to Disney California Adventure Park for brunch at Lamplight Lounge. Grab a FastPass, use Disney's MaxPass Service if you have it, or just use the stand-by queues at your favorite rides. The day is yours!

While you're enjoying your day, you can check the status of the Boarding Groups through the app and on signs throughout Disneyland Park throughout the day. You can also sign up for push notifications, which we highly recommend. That way, when it's your turn to board you'll get an alert on your phone. 

Boarding Status dual pictures on app and at park sign

It should also be noted that being in a Boarding Group doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to ride. There may be times when Disneyland doesn’t get to all of the assigned Boarding Groups. However, Disney wants to be sure that everyone has the most enjoyable experience ever. When Boarding Groups are assigned for the day, the app will show what groups are planning to be called that day. If you are in those numbers, you have a very high probability of riding. Any number higher, is possible. And keep in mind, Disney is doing the very best they can to make sure as many people as possible are able to enjoy the attraction and have a good experience.

What happens if there are no Boarding Groups left?

There is a chance that all Boarding Groups may be filled for the day, but that doesn’t mean all is lost. Disneyland will issue Backup Boarding Groups, which will give guests the opportunity to ride if there is space available in previously assigned Boarding Groups. This could happen when people don’t make their Boarding Group time, or if the ride is simply operating quicker than anticipated. At this point, most Backup Boarding Groups are the higher boarding group numbers and they are being assigned within the first few minutes of park opening. The other nice thing about the Boarding Group system is that you know within a very short period of time whether or not you get one. That frees up the rest of your day to do whatever you want without wondering.

No boarding groups left sign

Is there a Standby Line or FastPass access for Rise of the Resistance?

One truly unique thing about Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland is that FastPass access is not available, and there is no standby line. That means the only way you’ll be able to ride this new attraction is by being in a Boarding Group. The nice thing about Boarding Groups is that you'll know immediately whether or not you get one. If you don't, you're free to go on with the rest of your day and enjoy everything else that the Disneyland Resort has to offer.

Other Tips for Riding Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

Because of the unpredictable nature of whether or not you'll get a Boarding Group, we have a few tips to broaden your odds.

  • Get a multi-day ticket. The more park days you have, the more opportunities you'll have to get a Boarding Group. Our top recommendation is our Extra Day Free ticket which gives you five days for the price of a 4-day ticket.
  • Get a Park Hopper. Never has Park Hopping been more valuable. For those who really want to ride Rise of the Resistance, we recommend going to Disneyland first each day and trying for a Boarding Group. Then, you can still spend the rest of your day at Disney California Adventure Park.

Pixar Pier Sign and crowd

  • Get there early. But not too early. Give yourself enough time to be to the park about an hour prior to opening. That should give you enough time to get through security and the ticket booths. But it shouldn't be too early that you're wandering around Main Street, U.S.A. with nothing to do.
  • Have a positive attitude. Remember that nothing is guaranteed. Rides can go down, entertainment can be canceled because of weather, AND you can STILL have a great time. Your Disneyland vacation truly is what you make it, and we hope you make it the best ever!

More Star Wars at Disneyland

Whether you are able to ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland or not, there are still so many ways to celebrate your love of all things Star Wars! Here are some of our favorite must-see Star Wars experiences at the Disneyland Resort both inside and outside of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge:

  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue - Now featuring scenes from Rise of Skywalker for a limited time
  • Star Wars Launch Bay - Meet your favorite characters and see props from the films
  • Path of the Jedi - Now playing in Tomorrowland Theater
  • Space Mountain - OK - not exactly Star Wars at the moment, but you can still cruise through space!
  • Black Spire Outpost - Shop for an out-of-this-world souvenir.
  • Droid Depot - Build your own droid, then play with him/her in specially marked areas in Batuu.

Droid purple head

  • Food - Sample all the cuisine - including Blue Milk and Green Milk, and my personal favorite, Rontos Roasters.
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run - Ride again and again to play each role; pilot, gunner and engineer.

Booking Your Disneyland Vacation 

We are so excited that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is now open at Disneyland! And we are so excited for everything else happening at the Disneyland Resort this year. From celebrations like Lunar New Year and Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival to Avengers Campus opening in Disney California Adventure Park this summer and all of our favorite classic attractions in between, there is SO much to look forward to! If you're planning a trip, we'd love to be part of the process. Book your Disneyland vacation online, or call any of our vacation experts at 855-GET-AWAY. 

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Leilani - You're welcome; thanks for checking out our tips for riding Rise of the Resistance. We're glad to hear you had success with both the app and the paper options.


Interesting to learn about the Guest services tip. Thanks! Didn’t know that was an option. Unless that’s the same as the paper ticket option at the kiosks? I noticed that wasn’t mentioned. We tried 2 different days— got a group thru the app the first day thankfully. Then ok day 2 the app didn’t work for me but I had my husband try the paper ticket booth and got them there at the same rime I tried the app. Thankfully we had the backup paper ticket option! (Those are located across from a hungry Bear restaurant and another in Tomorrowland)


Teresa - Good question! Rider Switch/Child Swap works the same for Rise of the Resistance as it does for other rides. Up to three people can stay behind after a Cast Member scans their tickets. They'll then be able to experience ROTR when the rest of the party is done. Just be sure EVERYONE is in the Boarding Group so they're eligible to ride.


Do you know how they do child swap for this ride? We will be there in a week, so wish me luck on getting to ride it ??


Anonymous- Last year Disney released Oogie Boogie Bash dates in April. We'll be sure to let you know when we have them. Stay up to date with our social media channels and we'll keep you informed!


Does anyone know the dates for the Oogie Boogie Bash for fall in Calif. Adventure???


Mike- Thanks for sharing your experience. We're sorry to hear you were unable to get a Boarding Group to experience Rise of the Resistance this vacation.


Very poor system, you have to be first in the line at the gate every day to have a chance, if you are not through the gate with the whole party in the first minute, you will not get to ride, same thing every day. No ride here over all 5 days of pass. They should at least only allow one ride per multi day pass to give everyone a better chance to ride, not just the people who have no kids to get out the door at 5am and wait 2+ hours in line at the front gate every day.


Anonymous- We're sorry to hear about your experience!


I just went with my family yesterday and we were not quick enough to get a boarding group even though we were in the park at opening. The park was quite empty so this makes me think this attraction is not ready for primetime (it broke down twice during the day I was told by a cast member) even though Disney is advertising the heck out of it. Appears Disney did not learn their lesson from their missteps with their opening of Galaxy's Edge. We feel taken advantage of by the false advertising. We will not be returning anytime soon.


Anonymous- We're so sorry to hear you didn't get a Boarding Group during your vacation!


This has to b the most unfair thing I’ve ever seen. My family and traveled from Northern California and only had two days at the park. What a waste! We couldn’t do the ride.

It’s sad because we only come to the park every few years and probably won’t b back for a few more years as our income won’t allow it.

This is a very poor system.


Marina- We love this tip! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We're happy to hear that it all worked out for you and everyone got to experience the ride.


Another tip we learned the hard way (we got to ride it on the 21st!) Is when you are trying to book the boarding group, only have one member from tour party book from their app, we had 2 people.on the app and one person in line for paper tickets and our boarding groups were all split up. Each member of our party who tried to get tickets got some, but we were all separated even though our group was linked together in each of our apps. We still got to ride and it was FANTASTIC!!! but next time I'll just do it from one app. Also, boarding groups are selling out withing one minute of the park opening....so be prepared.


Another tip we learned the hard way (we got to ride it on the 21st!) Is when you are trying to book the boarding group, only have one member from tour party book from their app, we had 2 people.on the app and one person in line for paper tickets and our boarding groups were all split up. Each member of our party who tried to get tickets got some, but we were all separated even though our group was linked together in each of our apps. We still got to ride and it was FANTASTIC!!! but next time I'll just do it from one app. Also, boarding groups are selling out withing one minute of the park opening....so be prepared.


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