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UPDATE! Hack Your Way To a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

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Rise of the Resistance is the hot E-Ticket attraction at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. But here’s the thing: things at Disney are always changing. Starting September 23, 2021 Walt Disney World will no longer use the boarding group process. Until Genie+ and Lightning Lane are a thing, it’s standby city, baby! But Disneyland’s Rise of the Resistance will still be utilizing the boarding group process at this time. We have some crucial tips & hacks to get you in the best position to nab that coveted Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group at Disneyland. ps- these hacks and tips can also be used for for WEB Slingers boarding groups as well. 

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Shhh… here are the secret tips to getting a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance. The Empire demands your silence!

Hack Your Way To a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

Alright, Resistance Fighters. This is the data you’ve been looking for.

Here are the secret hacks to get a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance.

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How To Ride Rise of the Resistance Podcast Episode

The No-Guilt Disney Podcast team talks you through getting on Rise of the Resistance: at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

Take a listen- this information is accurate as of 1.29.2020

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Tips To Grab a Boarding Group For Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

  • Turn off Wifi. For most locations, WiFi will slow you down. Unless your phone is showing 1 or 2 bars, turn off Blutooth and WiFi for this process. Close all background apps on your phone as well; let your phone know the only thing that matters is getting a Rise of the Resistance boarding group.
  • You have two chances to get a boarding group: 7am and noon. You do not have to be in the park for the 7am attempt, but you DO need to have checked into one of the Disneyland parks for the noon option. Noon seems to be easier to come by than a morning boarding group.
  • Confirm your boarding group party up to an hour before. In the app, navigate to the virtual queue and confirm who will be in your party that day. Remove anyone who is connected with you via the app, but does not plan on riding that day. Please note: everyone in your party will need a themepark reservation for Disneyland Park if you are trying for the 7am option.

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  • Set an alarm on your phone for 6:58am. Trust me, that’s all you need. Once the alarm goes off, open your Disneyland app and navigate to the virtual queue page. Click Join Virtual Queue. It will be too soon to get your Rise of the Resistance boarding group, but you will be in the right place. You’ll see the “Confirm Your Party” button. This goes away when the virtual queue is open.
  • Refresh Refresh Refresh! Drag your finger down the screen to refresh your virtual queue page. Do this repeatedly until the time changes to 7am and the Join Queue button is highlighted. Here’s an example from Rise of the Resistance. Note the blue highlighted section between the park names and the word Attractions. That is the time Disney is using, so that’s the time you are waiting on to turn to 7:00 or 12:00.
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  • When you see Join Virtual Queue replace Confirm Your Party, SMASH that button! That will (fingers crossed) be the final step to hacking your way to a Rise of the Resistance boarding group.
  • Check your boarding group number & estimated return time. The app will notify you when the ride is ready for your return, and you have 1 hour to join the physical line. HOWEVER: don’t wait! This is important. These rides can go down (and do!) often- and due to their complexity, it can take hours for Rise to come back online. So don’t hesitate: if your group has been called, go ahead and get join the Resistance!
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    Extra Tips For Grabbing a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

    1. Some sites suggest using the USNO Master Clock to determine the EXACT time, but we found that was completely unnecessary.

    The only time that matters is Disney’s time, and using the refresh drag down plan worked every morning and afternoon for us.

    2. Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue Tip: The newest phone typically wins! If you have more than one cell phone in your group, have EVERYONE try at the same time.

    3. If you don’t get into the first queue, go ahead and set an alarm on your phone for 11:58 and try again for the afternoon! And if you have park hoppers, go ahead and try to get Web Slingers in the second boarding group window.

    You can successfully get on both rides on the same day, but you do need to get on Rise before the noon window opens.

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    4. If the attraction is closed when your boarding group has been called, don’t panic! But do go ahead and take a screenshot of your boarding group number.

    Once the attraction re-opens (and no, Disney does not notify you, you will have to check the app for the update) you will be allowed to enter the line.

    5. If you are late, also don’t panic! The Cast Members won’t let you ride early, but they may feel some sympathy if you show up late.

    We showed up over an hour after our boarding group was called due to a dinner reservation and they allowed us to ride without a problem.

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    Friday 25th of September 2020

    Hey there, I actually got boarding pass and then the app shutdown and when I brought back up no boarding pass and when I went to a guest relations she told me oh well I would have to try again at 2pm and of course no luck. Guest relations is not always helpful.


    Thursday 5th of March 2020

    My son and 3 friends are going on their senior trip. Does one person need to be “the parent” type person and add the other 3 to THEIR app, so they can get them all together? OR does one person just say how many people are going to be riding and you don’t have to specify WHO those people are?

    Patty Holliday

    Thursday 5th of March 2020

    All three will need to be linked together on the app. OR each can try to get their own- but they might end up in different boarding groups. If that happens, they might be able to get it moved to one group at the Blue Guest Experience umbrellas around the parks.

    I'd actually have them all three link up together, and then when inside the park, each of them try to get the boarding group on their own phones. One of them will end up being the "fast" one!

    Pam Frost

    Friday 31st of January 2020

    Thanks for this awesome info Patty! I’ll be going with my family in April and I want to try this! I’m scared to walk out of the park though!


    Tuesday 21st of January 2020

    Do all members of your group have to tap in before opening or could my husband go and get a boarding pass for all 5 of us?

    Patty Holliday

    Tuesday 21st of January 2020

    Yes- everyone has to tap into the park before they are eligible for Boarding Groups!


    Wednesday 15th of January 2020

    We arrived via the boat from Yacht Club area around 6:30am Marathon weekend, made it in the park before opening, and stood in the crowd for Slinky Dog, and all 4 of us tried the app at the same time. We all have iPhone 11s, but for whatever reason my daughter got in first and snagged us Boarding Group 16. We were on Rise of the Resistance by 8am. I agree, it is crucial to be in the park BEFORE the park officially opens.

    Danyale Persick

    Friday 14th of February 2020

    That's awesome!! Were all four of you guys logged into the same My Disney Experience account or did you each have your own MDE account?

    Patty Holliday

    Wednesday 15th of January 2020

    It's so crazy! I thought maybe it was the age of the phone or even the wireless company --- but maybe it's just pure luck!