Step-By-Step Guide For How To Get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of Disney’s latest, and perhaps greatest, attractions.

Not only is it a literal dream come true for any Star Wars fan, but it’s a technological marvel employing four different ride systems, incredible audio-animatronics, projection mapping, life-size sets, and more. In fact, many guests claim that Rise of the Resistance is way more than a ride, it’s an experience.

But here’s the thing. You can’t just go ride Rise of the Resistance. There’s not even a standby queue! Instead, the only way you can ride, unless your name is George Lucas or Bob Chapek, is to get a Boarding Group.

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What is a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group?

A Boarding Group is your spot in a virtual queue and is acquired through the My Disney Experience app. The process to get a Boarding Group can be confusing, and seconds count because of high demand.

So to make this simple, I’ve created a step-by-step guide for how to get a coveted Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group, along with some need-to-know info to make sure you get to experience that galaxy far, far away.

Let’s start with the tools you need in order to get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group.

What You Need to Get a Boarding Group:

  1. The My Disney Experience App
  2. Valid Park Admission
  3. A Park Pass for Hollywood Studios on That Day
  4. Updated Family & Friends List on the My Disney Experience App

And perhaps most importantly, there are some rules for getting a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group that you NEED to know.

Rules For Getting a Boarding Group:

Rule #1: Boarding Groups are only available to book TWICE per day. 

The first chance for booking is at 7:00 a.m.

For a while, Disney required guests to be inside the park to secure a boarding pass. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case for those attempting to book a group at 7:00 a.m. You can book through the app from your hotel room, home, car, or wherever!

The second chance is at 1:00 p.m., but only AFTER you’ve entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Rule #2: You can only get one Boarding Group per day

Guests are limited to one boarding group per day, meaning if you secured a group at 7:00 a.m., you can’t get another at 1:00 p.m.

Rule #3: If your Boarding Group includes your family and friends, they must also have valid park admission and a Park Pass Reservation for that day. 

Not only is the person booking a boarding group required to have a park admission and a Park Pass reservation for that day, but those you plan to ride with are required to as well.

Step-By-Step Guides for Getting a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

Since Disney first introduced this process for obtaining a boarding group, everyone has a theory or technique for how to increase the odds of getting a coveted Boarding Group. For instance, some say use Disney WiFi while others say have it disabled. Some say every member in your group should try for a boarding group to increase their chances (a theory I personally subscribe too), while others believe the opposite. Some people run speed tests in the park and recommend moving away from crowds when it’s time to book. We even ran in-park tests on WiFi versus cell service. There’s a lot of strategies, but here’s the basic step-by-step procedure.

Step-By-Step Guide To Get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

1. Open the My Disney Experience App before 7:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Click the hamburger menu (three bars) in the lower right corner to bring up the tile menu, and click Virtual Queues.

 

2. A new page should appear with a heading displaying “My Queues.” Press the button for “Join Virtual Queue.”

 

3. The next page should read “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” and have the time listed when the next queue opens. Stay on this page and be prepared to pull it down to refresh when it’s 2-3 seconds before 7:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

4. Once you’ve refreshed the screen at the appropriate time, click the “Join” button.

5. Scroll to the bottom of the Create Your Party page, and click Join. In general, everyone who is eligible for a boarding group should be pre-selected, so just grab a boarding group for everyone who is selected instead of wasting valuable seconds selecting or de-selecting people. If there are issues with people in your boarding group that you need to add or remove people after the fact, it is much easier to talk with a Guest Experience cast member to make adjustments if you have a boarding group than if you do not have a boarding group.

6.  Cross your fingers and hope that you have snagged a boarding group. If you have  this is what you will see.

 

Boarding Group

 

You may also see the estimated time for when you and your group will be called to ride!

If you don’t see a boarding group confirmation page, you may get a message that all boarding groups are full.

Estimated boarding group times are just that — an estimation. Expect that time to vary throughout the day. However, the app will let you know when it’s your time to head to the attraction entrance and validate your return time with a Cast Member.

Tips:

Boarding Groups are typically booked up within seconds. If Rise of the Resistance is a must-do for your day at the park, be ready to book as soon as it’s time!

Experience a technical issue? Did the app fail to recognize that you’re in the park? Take a screenshot and politely explain the situation to a member at Guest Services.

One person in your group can secure the boarding group for everyone. Not every individual riding, such as your kids, needs to go through this process. However, more people in your group trying for a Boarding Group slot when the time opens up increases your chances that someone will be successful getting one. Everyone who can make the attempt should.

Make sure you’re signed into the My Disney Experience app and have connected your park tickets to your account before trying for a Boarding Group. You also need to make sure you’ve added your friends and family riding with you to your Family & Friends list ahead of time.

Don’t skip the chance to try for a Boarding Group at 7:00 a.m. thinking that you can count on the 1:00 p.m. window. If the ride breaks down or has issues (which it often does), those who had boarding groups that morning will have the ride times pushed back. This means your chances of riding are slimmer in comparison.

How quickly can boarding groups go? Here’s Steve and Brian both trying to get a boarding group on the same day from their phones.

Do you have any tips or strategies for booking a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge? Let us know in the comments!

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

33 thoughts on “Step-By-Step Guide For How To Get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

  • April 10, 2021 at 8:20 pm
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    I would like to know if Steve and Brian were using WIFI or cellular data, and if it is the same company. I could see Steve’s loading took longer than Brian’s since the initial clicks.

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    • April 10, 2021 at 10:36 pm
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      Look on their notification bar at the top. One on the right is on WiFi and one on left is cellular. No matter how fast your 5g is you want to run on WiFi for less chances of the bandwidth being sucked up by others using those towers and hitting that same url/link. That’s what happened to the one on the left. A refresh at 6.59.59 should instantly give you the join button and go right thru it. You have a maybe 10 second window so if that first refresh isn’t quick you are gonna have to wait til 1pm to try again. They were still doing the virtual queue in the park when I was there and got it both times being on the Disney wifi in the back corner of galaxies edge where you get the blue and green milk. There was an access point there with only 8 devices on that one and I was the only non-disney device. Guy next to me was using att 5g and did not get a group and I got group 3 first try. I used my smart watch to watch the exact seconds and at 59.59 of the hour refreshed and had no problems. How this helps someone secure. This ride is by far the best ride experience ever.

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      • April 11, 2021 at 8:05 pm
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        Left is Wifi and right is 4G, isn’t it? At least that’s what I think I see.

      • July 28, 2021 at 6:08 am
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        I agree! I was able to ride last year 2020 in March before closures. Went back in 2021 and could not get a group time at all! Super sad but glad I have experienced it at all! Amazing! Can’t stress that enough! We actually rode twice cuz the ride broke down mid way, and we got a return time to ride again!

  • April 10, 2021 at 11:35 pm
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    Good tips:) And it’s also recommended to force close all apps running in the background of your device prior to trying.

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    • May 15, 2021 at 6:51 am
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      “force” close. ha ha ha….use the force Luke!

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      • May 17, 2021 at 1:32 pm
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        Do you recommend being in the screen refreshing, or being in the screen prior? I’ve heard both.

  • April 11, 2021 at 6:48 am
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    Other important tips that were not mentioned in the article:
    *You can practice before your trip without having a Park Reservation
    *Sign out and log back in to MDE ahead of time
    *Use a standalone device displaying the world clock/time.gov in seconds
    *If you have a good cell signal, use your mobile data (I got BG 1 from YC lobby on mobile data)
    *The method shown here is the SWIPE-JOIN-JOIN method from the “Join Virtual Queue” page
    *Another proven method is starting from the Home Screen and hitting Join at 6:59:59
    (This is the JOIN-JOIN-JOIN method, which I also used)

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    • May 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm
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      When practicing from home, how do I know I would have made it into the que? I have practiced a couple times and get to the screen where it asks me if everyone is in the park and prompts me to remove guests (myself) in order to continue.

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    • July 19, 2021 at 10:53 am
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      When practicing before the actual day of your reservation how would I know that my attempt would have been successful or not on the actual day? I’ve practiced 2 times now and i get the notice that all boarding groups are full but since I don’t have an actual reservation during my practice run I assume it would always say this? Thank you.

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      • July 19, 2021 at 11:12 am
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        That red bar means you would have failed.

        You want to look for the “just a moment” message to be successful.

    • July 21, 2021 at 7:21 am
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      Tried to get a boarding group today 7/21/21, no luck. Was on before 7, refreshed, clicked join and all the passes we’re gone! Two, three seconds max.

      There has to be a better way. I know Disney, been going for years. What about the people who are going for the first time and have no idea what to do, how to do it or when to do it? I have a few more days to try, wish me luck!

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      • July 21, 2021 at 7:43 am
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        Don’t forget to try again at 1pm today. Pro tip: Having more than one person attempt will increase your odds. Good luck!

  • April 11, 2021 at 5:38 pm
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    Any tips on how to get a HS park pass? There are currently none available for our trip dates.

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  • April 18, 2021 at 4:41 pm
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    Both look like they are on WiFi, but Steve has only 3/4 Wifi bars and Brian has Wifi. They are both using Wifi and you can see the upload/download indicators on both when they pull to refresh.

    (Interestingly, Steve has 3-4/5 cellular and Brian as 1/5.)

    Question is, is the stronger Wifi signal the reason why Brian’s refresh seems to go so much faster? Secondary question, where are they standing when they are doing this?

    Seems like it still pays to find a place with a strong wifi connection. Can anyone confirm this?

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  • April 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm
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    Both look like they are on WiFi, but Steve has only 3/4 Wifi bars and Brian has 4/4 Wifi. They are both using Wifi and you can see the upload/download indicators on both when they pull to refresh.

    (Interestingly, Steve has 3-4/5 cellular and Brian as 1/5.)

    Question is, is the stronger Wifi signal the reason why Brian’s refresh seems to go so much faster? Secondary question, where are they standing when they are doing this?

    Seems like it still pays to find a place with a strong wifi connection. Can anyone confirm this?

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  • April 24, 2021 at 7:06 am
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    Got group 63 today thanks to all your tips!!! Always following touring plans!!!

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  • May 5, 2021 at 11:40 am
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    I can not get the app. Can I still get it going through the my disney experiance web page, and how do I do it from there.

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  • May 14, 2021 at 4:15 pm
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    Hi! Is there any concern with trying to get a boarding group with a party size of 11?

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    • May 14, 2021 at 5:26 pm
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      Hi Beth-

      I’ve not heard of anyone attempting to get reservations for a boarding group that big. My main concern would be the time it takes to click 10 checkboxes to add other people to my group. It’s possible that all of the boarding groups would be gone by the time that’s done (especially if the system doesn’t like it for some reason).

      Is it possible for you to divide that group into two, and have several adults try to get boarding groups for each of those two groups? I’m told that as long as some of you get a boarding group, Disney can add the rest of you to that boarding group.

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    • May 14, 2021 at 6:24 pm
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      We were able to get 12- sort of:) All 12 of us were linked on My Disney Experience. Once we got confirmation that we had a boarding group, only 7 of us were listed. Went to guest services and they added the remaining 5. Hope that helps- good luck!

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      • May 15, 2021 at 12:56 pm
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        Thank you for the tips!!! We will have multiple people trying so fingers crossed!!!!

  • May 14, 2021 at 6:23 pm
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    We were able to get 12- sort of:) All 12 of us were linked on My Disney Experience. Once we got confirmation that we had a boarding group, only 7 of us were listed. Went to guest services and they added the remaining 5. Hope that helps- good luck!

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  • June 26, 2021 at 9:40 am
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    It’s literally a joke trying to get a spot at 7:00. At precisely 7:00 i was in and hit join and got in and within 1 second had hit the button for all of us to join and by no later than. 7:00:02 all groups were full. It’s absurd. Won’t be back to Hollywood studios. Without rise of the resistance it’s not worth it. Will just go to universal next time.

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  • July 8, 2021 at 11:41 am
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    How far in advance of your trip can you attempt to get a boarding group? Staying off property. We are only going for one day this time around so I’m hoping to get extremely lucky. lol

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    • July 8, 2021 at 11:53 am
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      Hi Jenny-

      You have to do it at exactly 7 AM on the day of your visit to the park.

      Len

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    • July 8, 2021 at 12:01 pm
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      You can practice from any location. See my link for other tips and you won’t need any luck!

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  • July 11, 2021 at 11:37 am
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    What if I get a boarding time when I have a dining reservation or I just can’t make it right away because i’m in line for something? Can you join any time after your boarding group is called?

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    • July 11, 2021 at 1:01 pm
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      Currently at HS, you can arrive to ROTR anytime (even hours) after your BG is called so don’t worry about if you are late because of other reservations.

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