For the second day in a row, Rise of the Resistance boarding groups have been completely distributed within seconds of going live. This is a concerning trend right now, making it harder than ever to secure a boarding group to ride Disney’s newest attraction. It’s worth noting that we are referring to the regular boarding groups, not backup boarding groups as they shouldn’t be relied upon.
As you may know by now, a boarding group is required to ride the attraction, with Disney offering no standby queue since the ride opened in early December. By requiring a boarding group, guests are not able to just show up at the park throughout the day and wait in line.
The virtual queue system is a controversial enough system, but Disney complicated the matter in mid-December by letting hundreds of guests (if not more) into the park 30 minutes before the virtual queue opened, effectively creating a free for all for the virtual queue distribution that doesn’t respect a first come, first served system like every other rope drop for a ride at their theme parks. For more on the process and our opinion of the changes, check out our post (HERE).
By allowing guests to enter the park (a requirement for securing a boarding group), that meant hundreds of guests (if not thousands) are all refreshing the app at the same time for a limited amount of boarding groups. With hundreds (thousands?) of guests inside the park and snagging boarding groups at the same time, they can be completely distributed pretty quickly. In the past, we’ve seen them last for 10-15 minutes at a minimum before Disney started distributing backup boarding groups (more info). The past two days, however, have seen the boarding groups completely distributed within seconds. Yesterday, guests observed the boarding groups distributed within 60-90 seconds. Today, we were in the park and saw the boarding groups distributed within 90 seconds.
As of right now, our Rise of the Resistance boarding group guide is still up to date, asking you to show up 60-90 minutes before scheduled park open. From there, it’s a shot in the dark right now, with the boarding group distribution system acting more like a lottery than anything else.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest coverage of Rise of the Resistance and much more from around the Disney Parks.