• On Jan 9, 2020
    Chad from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m coming 1/24-26 (Friday-Sunday). What is the best strategy to get on Rise of the Resistance? What time do you need to line up? Is Sunday better than Saturday? I’ll be staying at the Riviera Resort. Will the skyliner operate that early?

    Bright Suns, Chad!

    We are thrilled to see that you are planning a visit to Batuu. Having visited just a few weeks ago, I am happy to provide some advice. 

    If you have not done so already, check the park hours for the dates of your visit. I encourage you to arrive about 30 minutes prior to opening so that you can clear security before opening time. Be sure that you have downloaded the My Disney Experience Mobile App. On one day, we were able to join a boarding group by 7:01 a.m. (park opened at 7:00 a.m.), we joined boarding group 38, and were able to ride the attraction by 10:00 a.m. On another day, the mobile app did not register three of my family members as in the park, despite their multiple attempts to scan in again at the entrance, so we had to enlist the help of a Cast Member. She was able to put us in boarding group 101 by 7:15 a.m. We were able to ride by about 8:30 p.m. On both days, we saw Cast Members stationed along Hollywood Boulevard, so I would advise you to locate one or two Cast Members who can assist with the boarding group process before trying to join a boarding group just in case you need assistance.

    Given the popularity of this attraction and the crowds we witnessed prior to park opening on multiple days, I cannot say that one day is better than another is. It was crowded but manageable and we loved the excitement! Although we did see the Disney Skyliner operating early on the mornings we went to join a boarding group, the posted operating time was 7:30 a.m. during our visit, so I would also have a backup transportation plan. Remember that you may use Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft. Just be sure that the operating hours correspond to the time you would like to arrive. We have also used ride-sharing services with Lyft and Uber to get to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Also, consider your other attraction plans for the day. On one day we went directly to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and had breakfast at Hollywood & Vine after joining a boarding group but before experiencing Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. On another day, we joined our boarding group and then went back to our resort and did other activities before returning to the park later that evening. 

    Chad, our Resistance forces need all available support. I trust you have downloaded the Star Wars: Datapad on Play Disney Parks Mobile App so that you can hack into droids or translate galactic languages. Be prepared to face the First Order. Our forces anxiously await your arrival.

    Good journey,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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