Continuing our coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we wanted to provide a bit more insight into when you can expect to board Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance based on your boarding group number.
We’ve previously offered coverage about topics like the new rope drop procedure, we’ve written up our own guide on how you can secure a boarding group on your next trip, and we’ve offered multiple posts on the weekly park hour changes and adjustments made by Disney. Today, we wanted to answer a different question: When will my Rise of the Resistance boarding group get called?
It’s a question running through many guests minds, and with a required 6am or earlier alarm time, it’s likely that you’ll want to rest a bit or even head back to the hotel while you wait for your boarding group to be called. With Disney recently changing the boarding group return time windows, this data might be helpful to determine how much relaxation time you could have before needing to return to the park.
With nearly two months of data collected so far at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we have a pretty good idea of what you can expect in terms of when your boarding group will be called back to ride. Of course, we have to put a bit of an asterisk on the data with regards to ride downtime. While the numbers below do include ride downtime, we’ve recently seen a 7-hour downtime at Walt Disney World and, more recently, a 3-hour record downtime at Disneyland. Downtime happens, but these numbers should provide you with a rough estimate of when you can expect your boarding group to be called.
Some of the notable trends are a typically slow start with regards to groups per hour. Another thing to note is a typically slower groups per hour at the end of the day too. Do note that while we have data until 10pm (and later in some cases), the park typically closes at 8pm or 9pm. Make sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the park hours on the date you plan on visiting. Typically the last hour or so of park operation sees a stall in groups as Disney decides what the last group of the day will be. The last group of the day is typically decided between 1 and 2 hours before the park closes, with recent trends towards a cap at boarding groups closer to 1 hour before park close. With all of that said, here is a look at the average boarding group return times by hour of the day.
- 7am: Boarding Group 20
- 8am: Boarding Group 25
- 9am: Boarding Group 35
- 10am : Boarding Group 40
- 11am: Boarding Group 50
- 12pm: Boarding Group 60
- 1pm: Boarding Group 70
- 2pm: Boarding Group 77
- 3pm: Boarding Group 85
- 4pm: Boarding Group 100
- 5pm: Boarding Group 114
- 6pm: Boarding Group 125
- 7pm: Boarding Group 130
- 8pm: Boarding Group 132
- 9pm: Boarding Group 135
- 10pm: Boarding Group 146
As you can see, the boarding groups average about 9 or 10 groups per hour, so you can even do the math to reverse engineer your planned return time on any given day using that metric.
Of course, if you want to see what boarding group is being called at any given moment, you can check the My Disney Experience app or any of the strategically placed digital signs throughout the park.
For continuing coverage and tips on how to make the most of your Rise of the Resistance experience, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com!