As we continue to keep an eye on the trends and data coming out of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an interesting shift has been occuring as of late.
According to data collected from the My Disney Experience app for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney has been offering fewer of the “guaranteed” boarding groups since January 20th. We call them “guaranteed” because Disney has essentially committed to getting guests not in a backup boarding group onto the ride. If the guests aren’t able to ride on a specific day, Disney has been offering guests not in a backup boarding group with a 1-day ticket and a FastPass to get onto the attraction.
Here’s a look at data dating back to the beginning of the year. You can see the change taking place on January 20th. Before that date, there wasn’t a single backup boarding group below group 100. Since January 20th, only a single date has a backup boarding group starting higher than group 100.
UPDATE: We’ve updated the data, showing even fewer boarding groups being handed out the past three days. In the first two 8am opening dates, Disney has offered only 63 guaranteed boarding groups. That’s the fewest guaranteed boarding groups they’ve ever offered.
For more on the recent change to an 8am opening, check out our initial impressions and more from the first 8am opening of 2020.
A couple of factors could be at play here. It’s worth noting that just because Disney is offering less guaranteed groups, that doesn’t necessarily translate to less guests. While the boarding group data is known, what isn’t known is how many guests are put into each boarding group. It’s possible that Disney decided to add more guests to each boarding group, which would lead to the change in backup boarding group start numbers if the same amount of raw numbers of guests getting through the attraction remains the same.
Another angle Disney could be taking is offering less guaranteed boarding groups in an effort to reduce the need to offer recovery options to guests who might not be able to ride due to ongoing attraction instability and downtime. From what we can tell, Disney is still processing roughly the same amount of boarding groups per day since the change (about 140), so reducing recovery offerings could be the angle.
Either way, we still recommend getting to the park about 60 minutes prior to park opening to ensure that you’re able to get into Disney’s Hollywood Studios before park opening and secure a boarding group. For more tips and advice, check out our Rise of the Resistance boarding group guide.
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