It is hard to get too excited about some of the elements of the reopening of Walt Disney World. Low crowds and the removal of FastPass+ are the obvious highlights. Despite the various safety restrictions, park reservations, closed attractions, and limited hours, the ability to not have to make detailed vacation plans does have significant appeal. One of the benefits I expected during reopening was if there were reduced crowds and no advanced ride reservations, you would be able to walk on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Unfortunately, the daily lottery of getting a place to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will continue during the reopening of Hollywood Studios. Virtual Queues are returning, but there will be slight changes.
Guests will now have an opportunity at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4 p.m. to request to join the virtual queue. The three booking windows Disney is hoping will stop the rush of guests arriving early to check the virtual queue. Disney has stressed that a “virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience; Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance”. We expect this will inevitably mean most guests will continue to arrive at the park as early as possible to try and grab the 10 a.m. slot.
Guests must have the updated version of My Disney Experience will be used to join the virtual queue. Also, make sure push notifications are turned on for My Disney Experience so you will be alerted if your group is called to return. Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopens to guests on July 15th.
All other attractions at Walt Disney World will continue to use the Standby line during the reopening period. We think it is disappointing that Disney has been unable to guarantee guests a ride on Rise of the Resistance during the reopening period.