With Rise of the Resistance opening recently, many guests have questions about boarding groups and how it all works. Kenny has detailed the procedure here. But where do guests utilizing the Disability Access Service (DAS) Pass fit in?
Getting a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance used to mean showing up to Hollywood studios in the predawn hours. This post has been updated at the bottom to include current information about using the DAS pass for Rise of the Resistance. Skip to DAS on Rise updated 8/29/21 to see how DAS works along with a boarding group (currently only in use for Remy, but may return for Rise). See DAS with Individual Lightning Lane section for using DAS with ILLS
Using DAS under the Old Process
Disney’s answer has been that guests utilizing a DAS pass still need to arrive early and obtain a boarding group the way Kenny describes. Then, once a guest’s boarding group is called, the DAS pass will allow that guest and their party to enter the currently unused FastPass line to avoid the 30-70 minute wait in the queue. They do not need to obtain a return time as with other rides.
Many guests, including myself and my son, have limitations that preclude us from arriving in the pre-dawn hours and standing in a huge crowd to obtain a boarding pass. If we have a DAS pass, there’s a reason, and we are no more able to follow the procedure for obtaining a boarding pass than we are able to wait in standard queues for all the other rides.
Asking Guest Services for Guidance
I followed my instincts and politely emailed guest services (firstname.lastname@example.org) with my concerns. It took over a week for them to respond, which is atypical for inquiries sent to the email address. I emailed them on December 13, they called back on December 21.
They happened to call while my husband was at Hollywood Studios for his boarding group, which was just bad luck. I had said in my email that due to restrictions on mine and my son’s part, we would not be able to experience the attraction but would send my husband alone to get a boarding group and then do it.
The guest services person on the phone told me that he can, in fact, add me to the boarding group that he obtains once I arrive at the park. This was in contrast to what he had been told in person at Guest Services in the park that day.
The phone agent at first indicated that it was a “new policy” but seemed to backtrack on that in follow up e-mails.
The agent gave me a case number, which I was to give to the guest services team in the park. My husband agreed to go on another morning during our trip to obtain another group for himself with the intention of adding me later in the day.
It Worked Out in the End
On December 23, he was able to arrive at the park around 6:45 a.m. and obtain a boarding group. Once the My Disney Experience app said they were getting close to the boarding group, we headed over to Hollywood Studios to speak to guest services in the park.
With that case number, they were able to see that we had been told he could add me to his boarding group. It took some maneuvering on their part, but it worked.
Next, we had to speak to the Cast Members outside Rise of the Resistance. They could see that he had a boarding group, and they could see that I had a boarding group. It probably took them around 5 minutes to sort it all out. We also needed rider swap because our son was too afraid to ride it.
Finally, I was able to walk right up to the FastPass+ line and enter the deserted queue. After I rode, we swapped and he was able to ride this amazing attraction for his second time this trip!
Update: One of our readers shared a more direct line to the disability team! You can call (407) 560-2547 or email email@example.com. Thanks, Jackie!
Overcoming Reluctance to Use the DAS
I put off utilizing the DAS pass for some time, despite myself having Multiple Sclerosis and my son having Autism, ADHD and Anxiety. I finally gave in when they opened Toy Story Land as there is basically no respite from the heat.
Disney responded to my kind email about Toy Story Land with a phone call instructing me to obtain a DAS pass. I now encourage other guests with invisible disabilities to obtain one as well. It is there for us; it is for people who need it.
A Southwest airlines agent once told me that if people for whom the accommodations exist don’t use them for fear of being scrutinized, the only people using them will be ones trying to cheat the system. I still never ask to pre-board, but it made me reconsider my reluctance on the DAS and similar accommodations that I feel I actually need.
I hope this helps guests who are hesitant about using the DAS and have questions on using DAS along with the ROTR boarding groups. Prior to your trip, ask Disney what they recommend you do, and just see what they say. Please keep in mind that they made an exception for me, and my results are not typical.
DAS Procedure on ROTR Updated 8/29/21
I (Rebecca) noticed that this article still gets hits most months, so I wanted to provide a current policy section. I will update as needed when more information comes out or if anything changes!
As of this update 10/20/21 Rise is not currently utilizing Boarding Groups. The information in this section will help you understand how DAS works with Boarding Groups, and can apply to Remy as well!
Obtaining a Boarding Pass
You can breathe a sigh of relief that we no longer have to brave the pre-dawn crowds!
In order to try for a boarding group, everyone you want to ride needs a valid ticket AND a park pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios for that day.
Now, to get a boarding pass for ROTR, simply open the My Disney Experience app on your phone just before 7a.m. and try to join! Check out Donna’s helpful guide here.
This can be done from your bed! What a time to be alive.
Using Disability Access Service on ROTR/REMY
Once your boarding group gets called, simply scan in with everyone else outside the ride.
Let them know you use a DAS pass, and they will direct you to the (mostly) empty queue used for Rider Swap and DAS, and soon to be used for Paid Individual Lightning Lane.
That’s it! You’re about to see the pre-show! Unlike other attractions, you do not need to get a DAS return time for Rise. Your boarding group being called is your return time.
Using DAS with ILLS
You should not need to utilize Disability Access Service with the Individual Lightning Lane purchase.
When you purchase the Individual Lightning Lane (ILLS) for the top 2 rides at any of the 4 parks, your purchase includes access to the Lightning Lane. So you won’t need DAS to enter the Lightning Lane.
If you opt for the unpaid boarding group for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (or Rise of the Resistance should they reinstate boarding groups) you can use your DAS once your Boarding Group is called. See section above.
More Disability Information
Here’s some recently released information about the new process for getting your Disability Access Service (if you like) before you even arrive! You will soon be able to book return times from the app, as guests with disabilities have requested for years!
Do you use the DAS pass while at Disney for a disability? What do you think about the boarding group issue? Let us know in the comments, and let’s continue the discussion in our Facebook group!
-Rebecca W Davis