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  • On Feb 4, 2020
    Dana from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! Heading to WDW in 16 days! 3 families(6 adults, 3 kids). I’ve been many times but the other families are 1st timers. My goal, of course, is to get RotR boarding passes. Any tips? How long would a Lyft take from the contemporary to HS? Thanks! Dana

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Dana!

    I see that you are planning joining the Resistance in a battle against the First Order. Well done!

    Leading your extended family on your expedition of Walt Disney World is a noble endeavor, indeed, and your goal of experiencing Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance should be your top priority. You are at Jedi Master level here, Dana.

    There is so much to accomplish at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, an All-New Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, so starting your day there early is a wise plan. Planet Batuu is unlike any environment you've experienced thus far.

    To help make your mission successful, prior to arrival, be sure that everyone has downloaded the My Disney Experience mobile app, and that all are linked on your Family & Friends Lists via your My Disney Experience accounts. Remove anyone from your Family & Friend list who is not traveling with you on this trip, making selecting your members (much like selecting FastPass+) more streamlined at that crucial time.

    Next, keep an eye on Park Hours, which are subject to change. When we toured, we arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios about an hour and 45 minutes prior to Park Open, and were well ahead of much of the later crowd. You will be allowed to enter the park 30 minutes prior to the official opening, and then gather along Hollywood Boulevard, waiting for your opportunity to join the Resistance.

    More than one person should open the My Disney Experience app once inside, as sometimes a phone issue may cause a delay at a crucial moment. (Backup Plan!) At the exact time the park opens, select "Find Out More" on the app's home screen, right below "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - Access by Boarding Group". If there are any Boarding Groups available, you will be able to select "Join Boarding Group". At that point, select everyone in your party and submit. (Whoever gets through that process first should select "submit".) May the Force be with you.

    Transporting from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Disney's Hollywood Studios takes about 11 minutes by car. Be sure to add in the time it will take for your ride to arrive, and call those cars early. (For a party of 9, you'll need 2.) If available, consider using your Lyft app to request the Minnie Van Service. The Cast Member driving you will be sure to have answers to questions about your upcoming adventure.

    I wish you well on your mission, Dana! As you plan, be sure to send us more questions. Most of us are with the Resistance...and we love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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