What time should I arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios? The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors surrounding when and how Disney's Hollywood Studios plans to open on the day of your visit. For the foreseeable future, the park will be required to open at a time that is likely earlier than its announced opening due to security reasons. On the day of our visit, we arrived at 5:30am for an announced 8:00am park opening. By the time we were through security, there was already a decent number of guests waiting. The park ended up opening early at 6:30am due to the crowd levels. On designated days when Disney assigns Extra Magic Hours for guests staying on property, the need to be this early to the park may not be as high, but we will discuss that more later. Should I use Disney Transportation? While there have been some reports of resort busses running earlier than scheduled for Hollywood Studios, if you want to guarantee your early arrival, I would recommend driving or utilizing a rideshare service to get to the park. I found no issues obtaining a rideshare at 5:10 am from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge except for the fact that Minnie Vans were not running at this early hour. What is a Boarding Group, and how do I obtain one? Disney has elected to utilize a virtual queue system called boarding groups to manage the early crowds expected for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Boarding Groups will allow you to enjoy the rest of the park or head to other areas of Walt Disney World while waiting to ride. This process is very similar to booking a Fastpass+ selection on the My Disney Experience mobile application, but with a few quirks:
- Once you have entered Disney's Hollywood Studios, access the My Disney Experience mobile application and scroll until you see a prompt for "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - Access by Boarding Group".
- Entering this page will allow you to reserve a boarding group for you and any family and friends linked to your travel party in the application.
- Boarding groups should open at the same time the park does, so have your My Disney Experience application up on your phone and ready to go when entering the park.
- Please note that your entire party must be present and have scanned into the park to join your boarding group. It can take up to 5 minutes for the application to recognize that this has occurred. Be patient, and if encountering issues, try to log out and back in before seeing a member of the Guest Experience Team to resolve any problem.
This entire experience may sound frustrating, but if you are determined to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in the coming months, it is a small price to pay for the outcome. Come to the park patient and willing to wait to accomplish your mission, and you will be rewarded handsomely. Have additional questions about the boarding group process for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? Head over to DISboards for updated reports of the rides operation and boarding group information!