Disney has finally confirmed what we told you three weeks ago – that a Virtual Queue will be used to manage access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While Disney has yet to write about the virtual queue system on their own blog or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge informational webpage, they did begin to hand out fliers to guests staying at Disney resorts, informing them of the system.
The flier confirmed that the virtual queue will load by “Boarding Group” when the land reaches capacity, just like in Disneyland. The land will receive an “open” status when the park opens to guests and then close to a virtual queue only system as crowd levels demand. Guests will be able to check the land status either by opening up the My Disney Experience app, or by checking one of the Boarding Group display boards that we spotted on our recent visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here’s how Disney describes the virtual queue process in the in-room fliers.
- Ensure that you have the latest version of the My Disney Experience app downloaded. Enable push notifications to be notified when it is your turn to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
- Launch the app and look for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge status and access
- If the land is open, proceed directly to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge via the entrance on Grand Avenue. If access for the land is via Boarding Group Only, then select to join the boarding group.
- Receive a push notification when your group is called. You can also check the digital status boards throughout the park.
On thing to note is that if you have an Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s Workshop reservation, you will be allowed to enter the land one hour prior to your reservation regardless of the land status.
Overall, it’s a simple process that will allow guests to spend their time doing other things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios rather than wait in a line in the hot Central Florida sun. The only question that remains: is how long will the virtual queue be in use for before crowd levels drop and it is no longer necessary to have controlled access into the land?
While there was no virtual queue for Pandora – The World of Avatar, the first few days of operation did use a line and controlled access into the land. More recently, Disneyland used controlled access for their opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge only for a few hours on opening day before it was no longer needed. For updated information about the virtual queue, logistics and planning, and more from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day and beyond, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com!
For more of our coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, check out our first impressions of the land from our Annual Passholder preview at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For even more, check out our reviews of the various experiences and eats below:
- Oga’s Cantina Review
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Review
- Ronto Roasters Review
- Kat Saka’s Kettle Review
- Savi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsaber Review
- Fully immersive 360 VR Smugglers Run queue and ride