Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group Failure Leads to Longer Wait Times at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Yesterday morning, Disney’s Hollywood Studios experienced a major disturbance in the Force. The star attraction of the park, Rise of the Resistance, failed to produce boarding groups at the 10:00 a.m. park opening. This led to the most eager of guests being unable to secure return times at park opening to ride what is the most anticipated attraction of the park. It is easy to imagine that this would increase wait times throughout the park. Not only that, but it could throw off the plans of many guests.

Line for Bag Screening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entrance

A Few Unexpected Closures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In addition to the unexpected lack of early morning availability for Rise of the Resistance yesterday morning, Tower of Terror experienced some unexpected downtime too. Thankfully our TouringPlans Lines App makes it possible to adjust your plans in real time, without having to use a Jedi mind trick. Our app uses real-time data to show expected wait times compared to Disney’s posted wait times. Recommendations on which attractions to experience when are updated throughout the day based on changing conditions.

Tower of Terror Downtime on August 30, 2020

Around 11:30 a.m. both Rise of The Resistance and Tower of Terror were unavailable. Here’s how wait times looked then. We’ve included the wait times that Disney posted as well as the expected wait times our Lines app calculated.

  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
    • Posted Wait Time 60 / Expected 50
  • Slinky Dog Coaster
    • Posted Wait Time 50 / Expected 39
  • Rock N’ Roller Coaster
    • Posted Wait Time 50 / Expected  41
  • Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run
    • Posted Wait Time 45 / Expected 37
  • All other attractions were 20 minutes or less

Now, let’s look at the Observed Wait Times from yesterday that are available on TouringPlans.com.

Millennium Falcon Observed Wait Times – August 30, 2020
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Observed Wait Times – August 30, 2020
Tower of Terror Observed Wait Times – August 30, 2020

With the morning’s disruptions it would become necessary to adjust plans based on real-time data. Our Lines app directs users how to adjust their plans to reduce their wait times. For example, on the current day, the Lines app would indicate to wait until later in the day for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway as the wait time always goes down. But Toy Story Mania was going to stay at 10 -15 minutes throughout the day and would be good to ride anytime. Furthermore, with the unexpected downtime of Tower of Terror, the wait time at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was higher than normal since it is right next to Tower — so our Lines app would recommend waiting until later in the day. The same is true for Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run as well.

It seems the outage for Rise of The Resistance Boarding Groups was due to a nationwide outage of a major internet provider. Other digital Disney services were disrupted too. The disruption led to distribution of boarding groups taking place at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  As boarding groups were distributed and guests could begin riding Rise of the Resistance, we saw wait times throughout the park decrease. Tower of Terror came back online as well.

Slinky Dog Expected Wait Time in Lines App – 1:40 p.m.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Expected Wait Time in Lines App – 1:40 p.m.

At 1:40 p.m. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway had a Posted Wait Time of 60 minutes, but our Lines app showed an Expected  Wait Time of 45 minutes.  Slinky Dog Coaster had a Posted Wait Time 40, but our Lines App showed an Expected Wait Time of 31. This is not a drastic change in wait times, but as the evening rolled in wait times decreased significantly.

By 5:30 p.m. the wait times across Disney’s Hollywood Studios were half of what they were during the morning and early afternoon.

  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
    • Posted Wait Time 35 / Expected 29
  • Slinky Dog Coaster
    • Posted Wait Time 30 / Expected 25
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
    • Posted Wait Time 15 / Expected  14
  • Tower of Terror
    • Posted Wait Time 13 / Expected 20
  • Toy Story Mania
    • Posted Wait Time 12 / Expected 20
  • All other attractions were 20 minutes or less
Physical Distancing at Toy Story Land
Tower of Terror Expected Wait Time in Lines App 5:30 p.m.
Runaway Railway Expected Wait Time in Lines App 5:30 p.m.

To give more context about how the unexpected lack of availability of Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups and the unexpected downtime of Tower of Terror impacted wait time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, let’s look at the past three Sundays.

Observed Wait Time Comparison – all Sundays in August 2020

Wait times were a little higher than the previous Sundays during the morning, and then they leveled out in the afternoon. Overall the loss of Rise of the Resistance and Tower of Terror did impact guests in the morning, but wait times improved significantly in the early evening. In a situation like we saw yesterday it would be very helpful to have our Lines app along with you so your day can be adjusted on the spot, allowing you to save lots of time.

When was the last time you were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Have you had a chance to experience Rise of the Resistance yet?

 

Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

One thought on “Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group Failure Leads to Longer Wait Times at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • August 31, 2020 at 5:48 pm
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    It happened again this morning. I assumed they just wildly overbooked the park. A technical failure is at least something they can presumably fix, but it’s pretty frustrating to have blown a reservation and a paid ticket for a guest on what ended up being a not-fun day.

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