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Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

by Tad on February 15, 2024 27 Los Angeles

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland - PinterestWhat if I told you there was a ride that really makes you feel like you're in a "Star Wars" movie? You can find this ride far, far away at the edge of the galaxy. The good news is that it's not really that far because it's at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland. The adventure begins in a Resistance hiding spot deep in the forest and caves on the planet of Batuu. Welcome to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland.

You'll need some tips for riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland without waiting in a long line. We have updated strategies to get you to the secret base.

If you're a "Star Wars" fan, you don't want to miss this immersive ride! Even if you're not a huge "Star Wars" fan, your mind will be blown. Popularity comes at a cost, and that cost is a long wait time. But we can help you find the shortest wait of the day! Here are our tips for skipping the lines for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland.

How to Find the Shortest Wait for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland - Stormtroopers in Rise of the Resistance

Before we get started, we need to say that this very complicated ride — utilizing four different ride systems — is highly volatile (not unlike the First Order), and it can break down. We call this ride the plan wrecker because it's so unpredictable and can really disrupt the Force (or our carefully laid-out plans for the day). But it's toadally worth the effort it takes to ride it. You just have to roll with it.

So listen up, recruits! You'll want to be as flexible as possible and be ready to act if things don't go as planned. Keep ALL these options in mind just in case your first method of choice does not work out. May the Force be with you always.

Hop in Line at Park Opening

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland-People line up near Frontierland at rope drop

One of the shortest wait times of the day is when the ride first opens, but you will need to follow orders to do this properly.

Arrive at Disneyland turnstiles at least 30-45 minutes before park opening (you'll have better luck if you are there an hour early and are one of the first people in the park). At the Hub, join the crowd forming near the Frontierland entrance ropes. Follow the instructions of your cast member leaders. At rope drop, they will send all recruits to the ride. It's usually through the Frontierland entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You are not supposed to run but people definitely run (be careful if the ground is wet).

Trust us ... if you head through Adventure Land, over the Pirates bridge to the (now open) Critter Country entrance, you need to be at the front of the crowd and very fast. Why? Since most people head through Frontierland, if a growing line extends outside the ride, you'll have to pass the ride entrance and search for the end of the line that extends toward Droid Depot. Actual details are subject to change, but be sure to follow the cast members and you will be fine.

Pay Attention to the Day of the Week

But all that being said, some days are better than others to try to Rope Drop Rise as a regular parkgoer. As you'll learn about next, the Disneyland Resort on-site hotel guests get to enter areas of Disneyland Park early on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They have the advantage in terms of getting to Batuu the fastest from Fantasyland, but only on those days. So, we say to try Rope Dropping to Rise of the Resistance on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning. Why? Because most hotel guests will be in Disney California Adventure those days, so fewer people will be rushing to Rise of the Resistance at park opening.

Early Entry Tips for On-Site Hotel Guests

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland-Early Entry guests line up in Fantasyland

Rise of the Resistance is not open during Early Entry. However, people with Early Entry benefits have a shorter walk than others do. If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel and are in the park during Early Entry on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you can line up in Fantasyland near the gate to Frontierland to head to Rise at rope drop. It's located to the right of Red Rose Taverne, by the restrooms. At rope drop you can head through either entrance of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to get to Rise. The Frontierland (second) entrance, near Big Thunder Mountain, is the most popular and closest to the ride. Walkers from Fantasyland will hit the land entrance before or about the same time as the first rope drop runners coming through Frontierland but ahead of most of the crowd.

The Downside of Rope Drop

So here's the potential issue with the rope-drop plan: Sometimes the ride does not open right away. That happened to us on more than one occasion. We rushed all the way to the ride to find out that it was not open, and they were not letting us get in line. Boo!

If it is open but you are not at the front of the crowd, you may still have a long wait. We love the first hour of park opening when we can ride multiple other rides during the least crowded time of the day. We don't want to waste that time waiting for one ride to open up. We'd rather skip the lines for three or four rides early in the day and then come back and wait for Rise of the Resistance about an hour or two after park opening. Or we wait until later at night. That's why we prefer the next tip, riding at the end of the ride's opening hours.

Hop in Line Just Before the Ride Closes for the Day

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland - Transmission from ReyAre you arriving late or staying until the evening? Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland has shorter hours than most other Disneyland attractions. Check the app or Disneyland site for the hours on the day of your visit. Let's say the ride closes at 9 p.m. Then hop in line just before 9 p.m. We tried it one night. The app said the ride closed at 9 p.m. and had a 60-minute wait. We hopped in line at 8:43 p.m. and were at the door for the first pre-show experience 17 minutes later at 9 p.m. We exited the ride at 9:22 p.m. so our combined wait time and ride experience came in under 40 minutes, which is significantly less than the posted wait time of 60 minutes to ride.

What can go wrong with this plan? The ride could break down at the end and you lose your chance to ride it. Something else in the park could delay you from making it in time, so if you go this route, give yourself a safe window of time to get there in the last hour. You might miss fireworks or other nighttime shows.

On a Saturday night when the ride closed at 10 p.m., we hopped in line at 9:42, waited 30 minutes and just as we were about to board, the ride went down. No ride for us, as they cleared the line and the ride did not reopen (being after hours). But we did get a multiple experiences pass, so we rode Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run instead. But this is why we only recommend the end-of-the-night plan for guests who have already ridden Rise of the Resistance.

Early Closures

Watch out for early closing times for this ride during some Disneyland After Dark party nights. Sometimes both this ride and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge are closed for special events that take place outside of party hours. The land is open for Star Wars Nite. However, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is subject to availability, which may vary and is not guaranteed, throughout the event. Its availability can vary for other After Dark Nites. Check the ride's hours in the app or online for a particular night. The bottom line is not to purchase an After Dark event with the expectation of getting to ride Rise with a short wait. If it hoppens, great!

Look for Surprise Extended Hours

A couple of nights when we visited, we were surprised by the ride's extended hours. Earlier in the evening, the ride was listed as closing at 9 p.m. We checked the Disneyland app at 9:01 p.m. to see if the ride was listed as closed, and it turns out the app showed that the ride was open until 10 p.m. We asked a cast member who told us the closing time can get extended. Don't count on that, but if you missed riding the ride during the day and think it's closed, it's worth checking again. Or maybe you want to ride a second time. You might get lucky! And since other people aren't planning on riding that late, the line should be manageable. These days, the ride is usually open until 10 p.m., with exceptions when the park closes earlier than usual.

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland-Mickey float in Magic Happens ParadeWhat can go wrong with this plan? Obviously, the ride closes at its expected time. Do not count on the ride staying open later. But if it does, seize the opportunity to ride with a short wait.

Ride During the Parade

While we can see wait times reach 90 minutes throughout the day, during the parade the wait times may drop to 50 minutes. They'll shoot back up after the parade watchers head to the ride. So take the hopportunity to ride while the parade is still running for one of the shortest waits of the day. Most days there are two parade showtimes (often 3:00 or 3:30 and 5:30 or 6:30 p.m.), giving you a chance to see the parade and ride Rise during the other parade.

Hop in Line Just After the Ride Reopens After a Closure

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland - Person in ears on ride

Since Rise is subject to breakdowns, some people will leave the line when the ride breaks down, shortening the wait for others once it comes back up. You never know when it will come up, but being down for an hour is common. If you hoppen to be in the area as the ride reopens, hop in line.

This is harder to predict, of course. Also, there could be a surge of people accessing the Lightning Lane, which can slow down the movement of the standby line. Keep in mind that wait times can be inflated. Our actual waits have usually been less than the posted wait time. However, a breakdown while you are in line can change that. Recently, even with a breakdown, our wait was shorter than posted, but that may be due to a lot of people ahead of us leaving the line.

Here's how to assess the line. If the line is not visible from the outside and mostly in the building, the line is pretty short. Even if it is weaving outside but still contained in the official outside queue area, it's manageable. But if the line leaves the official queue area and extends down the path toward Critter Country, it's likely more time than you want to spend waiting. Use a different strategy.

Buy Your Way in to Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland - Lightning Lane entrance

Here is the newest way to skip the line, but it will cost you. You can purchase an individual Lightning Lane (LL) selection for Rise of the Resistance in the Disneyland app. It's usually $26-30 per person. You'll receive a one-hour window during which you can use the Lightning Lane to skip the standby line. You can read up on individual Lightning Lanes in our guide to Genie+ at Disneyland.

Individual Lightning Lane sections are offered as first available. But if you're park hopping and starting in Disney California Adventure, you can still purchase Rise of the Resistance in the morning. You have to watch the ride under the Tip Board to see what time is available. You can only purchase once the distribution time reaches 11 a.m. or later.

What could go wrong? As you may have guessed, this ride could break down in your reservation window. So what hoppens? If the ride breaks down and you aren't able to use your Lightning Lane selection as scheduled, you'll see a change to your plan in the app. The time constraints get lifted and you can use your individual Lightning Lane selection any time that day until the ride closes for the night. That part is convenient. If there is a breakdown and you are unable to ride before you need to leave the park that day, your unused individual Lightning Lane reservations will be automatically refunded to your credit card in two to five days.

When this ride breaks down and you have an individual Lightning Lane for it, the purchase limitation of two individual Lightning Lane selections per person per day is lifted, allowing you to purchase a third ride if you wanted to (saying a third option existed). So if you were looking to purchase an individual Lightning Lane for Radiator Springs Racers and another ride that offered an individual Lightning Lane, you could purchase both of them instead of just one of them. Without a Rise breakdown, you would have to choose just one of them to buy. However, at this time only the two rides offer individual Lightning Lane.

Other Potential Ways to Access the Line

There is another way to access the line that applies to limited guests.

Insider Tips for Riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland - Return time

Disability Access Service (DAS)

If you have someone in your group who has disabilities that prevent them from waiting in a standard queue, you may qualify to use the Disneyland Disability Access Service. Our DAS post has all the details on how to sign up. If you use DAS, you can get a return time for Rise of the Resistance. You will still wait to ride, but you can wait in an alternate location. Your return time does not expire until the ride closes for the day or you use it, whichever comes first. You can only reserve this ride after entering the park that day. It is not an available choice for DAS Advance (two rides you may reserve before you arrive).

Are you excited to potentially ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland? Prepare to have your mind blown! You'll want a multi-day ticket for multiple chances to join. Good news! Your favorite froggy friends have discount multi-day Disneyland Resort tickets and hotel bookings to save you some green.

Related: Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland 

Related: How to Use Disneyland's Virtual Queue System

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Dec 11, 2023 at 6:57 a.m. Evelyn Says...

Does this ride have a Single Rider Lane/Queue?

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Dec 11, 2023 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evelyn!

Rise of the Resistance does not have a Single Rider lane (however, elsewhere in Batuu, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run does!).

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 11, 2022 at 8:09 a.m. Deb Says...

Can you choose a specific time for Genie+ Lightning Lane rides?

Or are all the times available for a ride go live all at once at 8am once the park opens?

Thanks.

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Oct 13, 2022 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb!

Generally, you'll just only see the next available time window, and these times are available on a rolling basis once the park opens.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 12, 2021 at 8:46 p.m. Nina Says...

What time does the 12pm slot closes? I’m planning to go in the afternoon to avoid the sun.

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Sep 13, 2021 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nina!

Generally, the 12 p.m. slots are all filled within a minute or so (often within a few seconds at busy times). Hope this helps!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 27, 2021 at 10:34 p.m. Melissa Says...

Thanks for the info. Quick question: While I'm practicing, I am able to select the first blue "join virtual cue" button no matter day or time. On the actual day of my reservation, will that button not be live (selectable) until the 7am and 12 pm times?

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Aug 30, 2021 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

The blue "Join" button will only appear at 7 a.m. or 12 p.m., no matter which day you try. Hope this helps!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 1, 2021 at 2:31 a.m. Nyna Says...

Are boarding groups assigned as soon as 12pm? I was wondering if I tried for a boarding pass for web slingers at 12 but I was at Disneyland Park, would I be able to board if I cant switch parks until 1? Depending if I got a early boarding pass?

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Aug 2, 2021 at 5:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nyna!

If you try at noon but are in the opposite park with a park hopper ticket, you'll still be able to make it! Even if you were called right away, you have an hour window from being called to return to the ride :) We haven't heard of this being a problem so far, but if you run into any issues, be sure to speak with a cast member at the ride entrance - they'll be hoppy to help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2021 at 2:09 p.m. David C Says...

Hi,

Great post! If we have two families going, can I link the other family’s tix to my account (and vice versa) to maximize our chances of getting a boarding group number for Star Wars?

Thanks!

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Aug 2, 2021 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Yes, it's toadally possible to link tickets together for your entire party.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 19, 2021 at 4:38 p.m. Em Says...

I’m upset Disney didn’t publish these changes. We went before Covid when you had to be INSIDE THE PARK. We didn’t realize they changed the rules and now we are at the park in July 2021, and didn’t know . Wish I had found your article sooner !

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Jul 19, 2021 at 3:55 p.m. Gabby Says...

Hello! Do you know how many tickets can be linked to the app? I have a party of 8 and was wondering if we could link all of our tickets to get the same boarding group. Thank you!

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Jul 20, 2021 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gabby!

15 is the max, so you should be good to go!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 17, 2021 at 2:38 p.m. Elaine Says...

Just to confirm! I have multiple tickets for different trips. The board group will automatically select the park tickets that have reservations for that day? If not I like your idea to open a new account.

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Jul 20, 2021 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine!

That's correct - the app will only select the tickets that are valid that day. Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 12, 2021 at 6:43 p.m. Kedra Says...

Hello! You said we can have a boarding group pass for Rise and Indiana Jones at the same time. Do you obtain the Indiana Jones pass the same way or do you need to be in the park? How does obtaining a pass for that ride work?

Thanks for your help!

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Jul 12, 2021 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kedra!

Since physical distancing restrictions were lifted and capacity increased last month, Indiana Jones Adventure has not been using its virtual queue. But if it were to come back at any point, you'd need to be inside the park in order to join.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 9, 2021 at 5:44 p.m. Susan Says...

How do I eliminate the legacy passport link to my app. I want to only have my ticket linked to my account so I can get onto the queue faster without unclicking the legacy link before I join the queue.

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Jul 9, 2021 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

When everything works as it should, you should not have to unclick your Legacy Pass because the party should automatically populate with only the valid park tickets that day. But for some unlucky frogs, the Legacy Pass does get selected, and the only way to find out if you have that glitch is when you try joining a Boarding Group (for most people, it is not a problem, but we know it's a bummer if that happens). We have figured out a workaround that worked for us. We created a new Disneyland account with a different email and link just the valid park tickets but not the Legacy Pass. We log into that account before joining. Then if successful, we switch back to our original account to use for discounts and mobile ordering in the park. We have our park tickets linked to both accounts, so we can see our Boarding Groups in the original account (because they are linked). You cannot delete your Legacy Pass from your original account without the help of a cast member, but you want to keep it in there for discounts since they no longer accept your physical card. Good luck!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 6, 2021 at 10:07 p.m. Cindy Says...

What happens if I get into the 7am boarding pass queue, but miss my actual boarding pass time? With traffic, parking, walking (no tram). It's possible to not get into the park before the boarding group is called.

Can I use the unused pass and try again at 12pm?

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Jun 7, 2021 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

If you miss your time, we'd recommend taking a screenshot of your Boarding Group and code, and then ask nicely if you can ride once you arrive. While there is no guarantee that the cast members would let you through, we've heard that some have gotten lucky by being polite and explaining what happened. Keep in mind you would not be able to join the virtual queue again, so it's best to try to arrive as early as you can!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 14, 2021 at 6:44 p.m. Nina Says...

Thanks for the pro-tips. I believe my tickets for my party of two are linked on the app, but I tested it on Indiana Jones ride (clicked "Join") but on the next screen the two tickets are not auto-selected (I have to manually check "select all") then click Join at the bottom. is there a way to default "Select All" or everyone has to manually take this step?

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Jun 15, 2021 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nina!

If you're practicing at home in advance, your party is not automatically selected since the tickets are not valid that day, but you should be auto-selected once you visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2021 at 4:22 a.m. Scott a Mckee Says...

Can more than one person apply for a boarding pass for Rise at once to increase our chances? We all have all of our tickets linked to our Disney app. Disneyland by the way :)

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Jun 1, 2021 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

We wouldn't try attempting on different phones with the same account in case you run into any glitches, but if you have different phones and different accounts that are linked together, we have tried that to increase our odds (the second person just stops trying if the other person gets a Boarding Group first).

Stay cool!

Tad

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