No More Boarding Groups: Rise of the Resistance Standby Line is Coming

by | Sep 17, 2021 | Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog, WDW News

Rise of the Resistance standby line drops on September 23 in time for the 50th Anniversary

Get up at 7:00 AM, sit up in the resort bed, rub your bleary eyes and commence opening the My Disney Experience app.

This is how many of us woke up on our Hollywood Studios park day to score Rise of the Resistance Boarding Passes. Here at WDW Magazine, we wrote whole strategy blogs about it.

Well, like all of our FastPass+ knowledge (thanks, Genie+) our Boarding Pass know-how is obsolete.

Rise of the Resistance Standby Line

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Disney Parks announced that starting September 16th, Boarding Passes will no longer be a part of your Hollywood Studios day.

This means that the Standby and Lightning Lane lines will be ready to go in time for the 50th Anniversary celebration.

This, of course, will impact how you plan your Hollywood Studios day. Those who counted on getting boarding passes for an upcoming trip will now need to strategize when they will attempt to board the ride.

Standy Tip: According to Dad’s Guide Crowd Calendar for September, crowds are lighter during the weekdays due to kids being back in school. So if you’re planning on getting in line for Rise of the Resistance, shoot for Monday through Friday to avoid a long line
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Of course, there’s always rope drop to lock in your chances for an E-Ticket ride…

Rise of the Resistance Rope Drop?

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Photo by Timothy Moore

Rise of the Resistance rope drop will be a thing!

Get your fast-walking shoes on, because with a standby queue comes rope-drop crowds like we currently see for Frozen Ever After at EPCOT and Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom.

We will be sending an unsuspecting reporter to rope drop Rise of the Resistance as soon as the standby line goes live on September 23, so we’ll have a full guide on your best strategy.

Will Rise of the Resistance Be on Genie+?

Rise of the Resistance Genie+ Service Inclusion for Lightning Lanes

We can only speculate the full role of Genie+ on your Rise of the Resistance experience, and around here, we don’t entertain rumors.

We have compiled a list of FastPass+ rides that will likely convert to Lightning Lanes, and at D23, Josh D’Amaro confirmed Rise of the Resistance as an ala carte option: “Now there’s another option on top of the virtual queue so if Rise of the Resistance is the reason you’re at Disneyland or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there will be an option for you to purchase Rise of the Resistance.”

Here at WDW Magazine, we work closely with our contacts at Disney Parks to bring you the absolute facts. Sign up for our daily news updates to find out as soon as we do!

I, for one, am thankful, but then again, I haven’t stood in the standby line yet. Will I be longing for those rough mornings peering at my phone? Or will I be happily queuing up for the Rise of the Resistance standby line whenever I like?

Only time shall tell, but give me enough popcorn and I’ll be fine.

Written by Rain Blanken

Written by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...