Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass Hacks for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge

Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass Hacks for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge

Need to know the Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass Hacks for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge? Yes, you do. If you want to ride Rise of the Resistance at Walt Disney World or Disneyland you’re going to need a strategy to get through the gates before the park opens, load the app at the exact right time, select your travel party and get in a boarding group BEFORE the app crashes. You’ll be competing with hundreds of other people at the same time, in the same place, to get your boarding pass. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you get a pass and actually get on the ride!

When does Hollywood Studios Open?

For the rest of 2020, Hollywood Studios opens at 10am, which means no more early morning waiting in line! So that’s a bonus. But still expect competition for boarding passes nonetheless.

Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass Times at Hollywood Studios Updated July 23, 2020

To get boarding passes, now that the parks are open again, the Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass system and Virtual Queue have CHANGED! Instead of opening only at 7am, the Boarding Passes now drop at 10am and 2pm. With these separate distribution times guests will have more opportunities to grab a pass. For the 10am time slot, know that while the park potentially open at 9:30, so you can go in and grab your best wi-fi spot, you still won’t be able to access the queue until 10am. 

How Fast Does the Rise of Resistance Board Pass Fill Up?

In about 1 minute…. Yes, you read that right. Within ONE minute the queue is full. This is why the strategies here are SO IMPORTANT. Because sometimes its just about getting your fingers to move fast enough. Other times it’s about where you’re standing in HS, or how “new” your phone is. There are lots of variables to take into account here. Now with 2 separate distribution times at 10 and 2pm at least there are multiple attempts you can make throughout your day. 

Prepare your Phone Ahead of Time

A day or two before you plan on trying for a Rise of Resistance Boarding Pass you have to prep your phone. 

  • Make sure it’s updated to the latest IOS or software
  • Offload unnecessary apps that run in the background. You can always re-load them later.
  • Double Check Settings on your Walt Disney World app. 
    • Make sure your Disney app is set to use data when available go to Settings-Cellular-Disney App-Toggle on.
    • Make sure your Disney Notifications are on. Go to Settings- Notifications-Disney App-Toggle on.
  • TURN OFF your wi-fi. Wi-fi will be too slow to get you a boarding pass.
  • Give your phone a clean Turn Off and Turn On again after you make these changes. This forces a good reset of all the working parts that could gunk up the works. 
  • The Phone that is the NEWEST phone in your group will have the best chance of loading the boarding pass. 

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Learn the My Disney Experience App

Everyone in your travel party will need a Disney Account, with tickets attached. Double check your “Family and Friends” section of the app to make sure everyone is added, everyone has tickets… and there is no one unnecessary attached to your account. The more people you have in the app, means more scrolling when you get to the screen to choose your boarding group. This takes time and could slow down the process, losing you the pass. 

Get Familiar with the Rise of the Resistance Process Ahead of Time

Again a day or two before you’re in the parks, it’s helpful to get familiar with how the app will work. Open the Disney World App. Under the section that says “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance-Access by Boarding Group”, click Find Out More. Once on this screen, you will see an option to check My Status or Join Boarding Group. Essentially when the time comes you will click the Join Boarding Group button, but if that’s grayed out clicking My Status also brings you to a boarding group button.

How to Get to the Parks Guaranteed

Your next step, after the phone is prepped and accounts are double checked is to arrange travel.

If visiting Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios plan to uber or lyft ( but not a Minnie van as these will most likely be booked). DO NOT depend on Disney Transportation to get you there on time or early enough. Schedule your ride the night before. If you wait till morning, all drivers may be booked.

If visiting Disneyland plan to stay at a hotel in walking distance and walk over early. Do not depend on the bus system in Anaheim. If you are not in walking distance then plan for an uber or lyft. 

Be at the Park Gates Early

Your goal is to be through the turnstiles at park opening. That means that you and everyone in your travel party must be “scanned in with your MagicBand” before opening. Opening is 10am at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios, though always check park hours before you go. As opening hours have been changing to accommodate the crowds. 

Gates are currently opening at 9:30 am at the earliest. But again we’ve seen these times change as needed. So just get there early. To bypass waiting in security, go without a bag. The only thing you really need is a phone.

Through the Gates and Where to Stand…

Once through the park gates find a spot to stand. Your goal is to find somewhere with fewer trees, fewer buildings and fewer people than anywhere else.

At Hollywood Studios, it was easy to find a suitable location right at the front of the park, since everyone was racing to either Slinky dog Dash in Toy Story Land or Millennium Falcon in Galaxy’s Edge. But… this is not the time to worry about rope dropping your favorite ride. Find an uncrowded spot and stand there. 

When to Open the App

Believe it or not you’re going to open the Disney App at exactly at park opening time. This is when the app reloads. If you have the app open ahead of time you will have to close the app completely and then reopen it. 

  • Use your clock timer on another phone to count it down to 10am (WDW) when park opening happens.
  • The second the clock hits 10am (WDW) Open the Disney App. 
  • On the main page of the app, click the Find Out More button under the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group section
  • Click Join Boarding Group
  • Select your Travel Party from your Friends and Family List
  • Click Join Boarding Group
  • Hold your breath in the hopes that you’ll get a spot!

Getting the Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass

If you’ve followed all the tips here, you should be successful with getting a boarding pass to this Galaxy’s Edge ride. One of the best parts of getting the pass is the mass eruptions of joy from all the people that are successful in getting the passes too in that same moment, early in the morning. 

For context, we were successful with getting a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios on our last trip.

Prior to the parks closure when Hollywood Studios hours were earlier, we did all the tips here, tons of phone fixes, took an Uber, went without bags, showed up at 6:15 am, and used a timer. At 7:00 am on the dot we loaded the app, selected our party, and clicked join boarding group before 7:01 am. At 7:02 we were awarded Boarding Group 45. The app crashed at 7:03 am. While there were many happy people who got the boarding passes, there were many, many people that did not. Of course cast members and the guest experience team members are on hand if something goes wrong, but for the most part, they can’t just hand out boarding passes. So be aware. At present the strategy here is the best one we’re working with.

Does everyone in my family, and the kids, have to be in the parks to get a pass?

Yes. Everyone needs to physically scan in with their magic bands and be inside the park in order for the app to access a pass. 

Should we use multiple phones to try and get the boarding pass for our group?

No. While everyone can try to load the app to see which phone loads it fastest, when you get to the “select travel party” screen, only one person in your party can do that and complete the process. 

Can we get a boarding pass later in the day?

Yes. If you miss the 10am Boarding Pass call, you can retry at 1pm and at 4pm. Truthfully, we RECOMMEND trying to get into the 10am boarding pass first. and then if you can’t try again at the 1pm and 4pm slots. Practice makes perfect here. And if you’re unable to get into one, you have two more chances! They also assign “backup groups” for those unsuccessful in getting in within the first few minutes of the boarding groups being open. 

When Will My Boarding Group be Called?

This varies in both Hollywood Studios and Disneyland and across days depending on crowds. Since Disney is still testing this whole process there’s no way to tell when you will be called- which is why it is CRITICAL to have your Disney app notifications turned on like we share in the steps above. For context, on the day we got our boarding pass to Rise of the Resistance, our boarding group #45 was called 10:30 am. But in Disneyland on the same day, a friend of ours who had boarding pass #28 got called in at 6:30 pm, the ride broke, and finally got to ride around 8:45 pm. So it’s not consistent and at present there is no way to tell when your number will be called ahead of time. 

What’s the Best Thing to Do once you Get your Boarding Pass?

With the Boarding Pass system in place right now and us having to be up sooooo early and in the parks, we chose to leave Hollywood Studios that morning and walk to the Boardwalk for breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.  While we didn’t know what time our boarding group was going to be called, you can see in the app which boarding groups are “loading” and since we could tell the groups were moving fast that morning chose to grab food instead of going back to the resort or the parks. 

Can I rope drop my favorite ride while waiting to get in a boarding group? 

While you can do whatever you want, this is NOT recommended. Your first and only priority on the day you’re getting your Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass, is to get into a boarding group. This is made more difficult if you’re in crowds of people all waiting to get on a ride. It’s even harder if that ride is behind loads of trees or tucked in the corner of the park. Sure, it may seem like a good strategy to maximize your morning, but we recommend to wait until you have the boarding pass in your app before doing so. 

Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass Hacks

Hopefully this gives you a complete look at what it will take to get a Boarding Pass for Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World now have this ride and boarding systems in place. If you have more tips or questions on the Disney boarding passes for this ride, let us know!!! We’re hoping to make sure every Disney Vacationer knows about the system so they’re not caught off guard. 

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2 thoughts on “Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass Hacks for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge”

  • So cool! I just recently got into Star Wars, and was curious how they’d be approaching the Rise Of The Resistance boarding passes. I remember skipping over Galaxy’s Edge last time I went because I wasn’t interested in it (crazy, I know!). Super excited to be able to experience it the next time I go, and even more excited to see that there’s multiple chances for boarding passes now, rather than those giant crowds in the morning of people trying to book their passes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hey Caitlyn, Thank you! And yes we were thrilled to see more openings for pass attempts too. It really is a cool ride and totally worth the trouble. Have fun with your new found love of Star Wars!!!

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