I was bound and determined to “luck into” a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance during my recent trip to Walt Disney World. Knowing that it’s a lottery and completely random, I knew my chances of getting a boarding group were not 100% by any means. Still, I wanted to give it my best effort. Here are the steps I took to secure a boarding group. I hope this plan will help you as well.
My travel party and I rose early and got ready. I ordered a Lyft to pick us up at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at 6:30 A.M. We went directly to the park, were checked at the security checkpoint and then joined the massive crowd of people waiting to get into the park. This was around 6:55 AM.
At approximately 7:20 A.M. the turnstiles opened and guests started forming actual lines to enter the park. We got into the park about 7:30 and headed down Sunset Boulevard toward what would be our first ride, Rock N Roller Coaster. A big group group of guests had assembled at that rope area; some of us waiting for Rock N Roller Coaster and some waiting for Tower of Terror.
At 10 minutes before park opening, an announcement came over the loudspeaker that boarding groups would be open when the park opened. I took my phone off of Wi-Fi and had my app ready. A minute before the park opened another announcement told us that in one minute the park would be opening and we would be able to try for a boarding group.
At the stroke of 8:00 A.M. I clicked on the link to ‘join boarding group.’ I selected each of the names in my friends and family list that were in the park with me (this is a requirement) and hit ‘join.’ I got group number 57.
We were so elated!!
It is truly random, as the person to my left got group 28 and the person to my right got group 101. I didn’t care as long as we got a group number that was low enough that we knew we would likely be able to ride that day. To say we were all very excited about that is an enormous understatement!
We rode RNR, Slinky Dog Dash (which was a 2 hour wait) and Toy Story Mania while we waited for our boarding group to be called. Our boarding group was called at approximately 12:30 PM. Within 10 minutes we were heading to the ride.
We checked in with the cast member at the line entrance and began our journey in the standby line. The queue was very interesting and looked very authentic for the experience we were preparing to have. At 1:06 PM the ride went down. We stayed in line. Thankfully, there was a concrete bench right where we were stalled, so we were able to sit down. About 10 minutes later, a castmember came through with a large container of bottled waters. He handed them out to guests who had been stuck in the line. A couple minutes after that, another castmember came through with a large container of bags of chips for us as well. At 1:24, the ride was back up and the line was going again. We were into the first phase of the ride before we knew it.
Rise of the Resistance is truly unlike any other ride at Walt Disney World. I do have a live video on my Facebook page but there is a spoiler alert as it shows the rider’s POV through all phases of the ride. If you do want to know all about the ride, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to share any information you might need or want to know.
Suffice it to say that it was 1000% worth getting up early for and I am SO thankful that I was able to ride it. It is so immersive and fun! It’s just like being inside a Star Wars movie. This is now at the top of my list for our Fall trip as well. I can’t wait to share this experience with the rest of my family. I surely hope you to get to experience it soon too! When will you be riding it?
- Height Requirement: 40″ (102cm) or taller
- Good for: Kids, tweens, teens and adults
- Thrill ride, small drops, dark, loud
Safety, Accessibility and Guest Policies
Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
- Supervise children at all times.
Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
- Persons who do not meet the minimum height requirement of 40 inches (102 cm) may not ride.
WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
My personal vertigo scale: 0