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Rise of the Resistance Only has 46 Boarding Groups Today

Rise of the Resistance Only has 46 Boarding Groups Today

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Rise of the Resistance only has 46 guaranteed boarding groups today, February 19. This is the lowest number we have seen in the two months the attraction has been open.

We all know 99% of the people visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios on any given day are only there for one thing: to ride the park’s newest attraction, Rise of the Resistance. This is the most technologically advanced and immersive attraction Disney Imagineers have ever created.

Boarding Groups

The only way guests can ride Rise of the Resistance is by obtaining a boarding pass to join the virtual queue. There are no FastPasses or even standby options yet, unlike Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. This is the other attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and beginning today, it will offer FastPass+ service!

With thousands of people all after one thing, the process of obtaining a boarding pass is quite stressful. Kenny has put together a complete guide to obtaining a boarding pass, which can be found HERE. He details everything you need to know!

Regular boarding passes are snatched up within seconds of park opening, and backup boarding groups are gone within minutes.

Complete Guide to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups

We have seen a trend over the last couple of weeks: Disney has been guaranteeing fewer and fewer boarding groups. When the attraction first opened, we saw boarding groups in the 100s. We have seen backup boarding groups in the 60s and 70s, but today it has hit an all-time low.

There are only 46 boarding groups today! Any group 47 and over is backup, and guests in a backup group are not guaranteed to ride.

At 10:30 a.m. they are loading groups 20 to 36. Hopefully, they will move through all guaranteed boarding groups today and will be able to board the backup groups.

Why are there fewer boarding groups?

It’s unclear why exactly Disney has been handing out fewer groups. We know that the ride has been notorious for breaking down, leaving guests unable to board for hours at a time. One day, the attraction did not even open for 7 hours!

They may be trying to avoid handing out too many complimentary park tickets or return FastPasses to guests who had guaranteed boarding groups but didn’t get to experience the attraction.

It could also be that they are reducing the number of boarding groups but increasing the number of guests in a group. It’s never been revealed just how many people are in a boarding group.

Whatever the reason is, the process has become even more stress-inducing for the thousands of guests trying to obtain a boarding pass. May the force be with you!

What’s been your experience obtaining a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance? Share with us on facebook! We love to see reader reports!


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Wednesday 26th of February 2020

I don't think you can beat the system. I think it really is the luck of the draw (fast phone, fast fingers, whatever). You were also there on a weekday in January with a 7 am opening time, which probably helped. The crowds were likely lighter than they have been recently with 8 am opening time. Our experience in January was better than our February one.


Monday 24th of February 2020

We were there on 2/20, did Uber to HS by 615. Line to turnstyles was relatively short and got into the park and down to Slinky Dog by 715. Opened app and started to refresh at 759 and got boarding group 54, 63 and above were backup groups. Rope dropped Slinky Dog and our group was called back at 1128. Got onto Smugglers Run just before park close with only 30 minute wait. I agree not knowing if you will be lucky enough to get a boarding group is stressful.

Kevin Baker

Thursday 20th of February 2020

My family and I were there on January 27. We took a Lyft to HS and got there by 6:20 for a 7:00 opening. We were in the park by 6:40. My wife kept refreshing the app as it got close to 7:00 and I kept my app closed and didn't open it until 7:00. She was able to get boarding group 20 by refreshing right at 7:00. We rode Smuggler's Run and then our group was called and we went to RotR. Unfortunately, my son got sick in the que for RotR (24 hr stomach bug) and we had to leave. They gave a fastpass for anytime on the next day. We came back two days later and did the same procedure. Lyft to the park. Arrive by 6:15. In the park by 6:30. This time I got a Boarding Group of 16 by waiting to open the app until 7:00. We rode SR and then went right to RotR. We didn't have trouble either day getting a BG and riding. Did we beat the system or were we just lucky?


Thursday 20th of February 2020

I went in December. Took my son who has a medical issue and not knowing about the boarding groups (my fault). I tried to get him on. It’s physically impossible for him to get there early to get a pass They said hopefully next visit he can ride. It def was a bummer. He was excited for months


Thursday 20th of February 2020


Wednesday 19th of February 2020

Then they might have people showing up at 2am to get in line. The way they are currently doing it is what works best.

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