The long-awaited moment has finally arrived as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has opened at Disneyland Park! This is certainly the most unique experience Disney has ever created and, for the foreseeable future, one of the most complicated to actually ride. Allow me to break down the most important things you need to know as well as some commonly asked questions to help you better plan for your upcoming journey with the Resistance! This page will be updated as new questions are asked so please don't hesitate to ask.
What Kind of Attraction is Rise of the Resistance?
Think Star Tours meets Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters with a dash of Indiana Jones and the slightest of hints of Guardians of the Galaxy. It's one-of-a-kind, thrilling but not like a coaster with something that almost everyone will enjoy. There is a slight drop involved but it's nothing very intense.
How Do You Get in Line?
Eventually Rise of the Resistance (ROTR) will utilize the same stand-by and FastPass Return lines as any other Disneyland attraction, but as of its opening and for the near future you MUST join a boarding group in order to access ROTR.
How Do You Join a Boarding Group?
Guests can join boarding groups either by kiosks near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland or via the Disneyland app (preferred method). Boarding groups are available each morning beginning at Disneyland's posted opening time. Once available, head to the distribution kiosks or open the Disneyland app and follow the prompts from the home screen to select those in your group and join a boarding group. Here are some important things to consider about this system:
- All members of your party must have entered Disneyland Park in order to join a boarding group. Arrive early to ensure you are inside the gates before park opening.
- Make sure all group members' tickets are linked to a single account in the Disneyland app prior to park opening. If they are not listed as members of the same party there is no guarantee you will be admitted to the same boarding group if you get one at all.
- You may only be a part of one boarding group at a time.
- Once initial boarding groups are filled, guests will be assigned to "backup boarding groups" which are called only if there is time available after all other groups have been called.
Do Boarding Groups Count as a FastPass?
No. Although the process to get a boarding group is very similar to getting a FastPass via MaxPass, it doesn't count as one. You may join a boarding group and then immediately make a FastPass selection.
I Have a Boarding Group. Now What?
Sit back and relax! Once you have a boarding group there is nothing more to do except wait and enjoy other attractions and shows. There is absolutely no need to sit and wait in front of the entrance waiting for your number to be called. You will receive a push notification on your phone when your boarding group is called. At that time you will have a 2 hour window to return to the entrance of ROTR with your park admission ready to be scanned. Remember that there is NO GUARANTEE that boarding groups will be called, even if you are not assigned to a backup group.
How Long is the Ride?
If you count from the first briefing room to the end (which I do) then approximately 20 minutes. It may be longer depending on many factors out of any guest's control.
I'm Not the Biggest Star Wars Fan, Should I Still Ride?
Absolutely! One of the great things about ROTR is that it was designed in such a way that big Star Wars buffs find lots of easter eggs and are put in situations they've always dreamed of but it doesn't require an intimate knowledge of the franchise to understand what's going on and be entertained. The only ones I would suggest stay away from ROTR are those who are opposed to Star Wars because - well, obviously.