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How to Ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance With Lower Waits

The top ride in Walt Disney World is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This ride takes Guests into the Star Wars movies like never before.  Because of the amazing ride features, Guests flock to this ride making wait times long throughout the day.

If riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a top priority for you during your perfect day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we have a few ways to ride this ride with lower wait times.

We hope that sharing these tips will help you experience this ride without long wait times during your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Arrive Early

Our first tip for riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance requires you to set the alarm.  If you want to beat a lot of the crowd, hit the Park early.  Many Guests don’t want to be up early so by getting there early in the morning you can be ahead of the major crowds.

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel or a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, take advantage of the early entry that is offered.  This allows Guests of these Resorts to enter the Theme Park a half hour prior to the official list Theme Park opening.

By taking advantage of this time, you can head right to the ride and be the first in line.  Even if you aren’t at the front of the pack, chances are that the morning will see shorter lines than the middle of the day.

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Stay Late

A lot like arriving early, staying late is another excellent way to experience this ride with lower wait times.  Since a lot of families will head out as the day starts to wrap up, you can see lower wait times for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance towards the end of the night.

A secret that many Guests don’t know is that you can get in line for a ride up until the listed Park closing time and still be able to ride.  That means if you hop in line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at 9pm and the wait is still 45 minutes, you will still be able to ride even though the rest of the Park is closed.

For those Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, starting April 13th they can take advantage of extending evening hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This will give Guests an extra two hours after the Park closes to regular Park Guests.

This is a fantastic way to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with lower wait times.

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Individual Attraction Selection

If you want to have more of a guarantee of a shorter line, consider looking into purchasing Individual Attraction Selection.  This is part of the new Disney Genie that was added to My Disney Experience in October 2021.

We have details on how to purchase IAS HERE, but in general Guests can pay to skip the standby lines on specific attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.  For those wanting to use this option they can purchase an IAS at $15/person.

By purchasing an IAS for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Guests can use the Lighting Lane and therefore save time in line.

Depending on your touring plans for your trip as well as who is traveling with you, IAS might be your best option for riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with a lower wait.

Disability Access Service (DAS)

For those Guests that utilize Disney’s disability access service (DAS), they can use this service to schedule time to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance during their day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This ride is not allowed as an advanced selection when setting up DAS ahead of time with Cast Members, but you are able to request a return time via the My Disney Experience app once you are in the Park.

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VIP Tour

For those that have extra money for special experiences while in Walt Disney World, they could look into a VIP tour.  These tours allow Guests to tour the four Theme Parks however they like along with a Cast Member as a guide.

This experience is the cheap option however as pricing for private VIP tours range from $425 to $850 per hour with a requirement of seven hours.  This doesn’t include your Theme Park Ticket or Park Hopper.

VIP tours are fantastic overall; however, most of us don’t have the opportunity to experience this because of the cost.

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Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser

Our final suggestion for how to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a new option starting this month and that is to book a stay on the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser.

This new immersive stay in the galaxy makes a stop at Batuu during the second day on board.  Guests of the Starcruiser are given the opportunity to ride both Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as well as Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run by using the Lightning Lanes.

This is a nice option as you don’t have to book a specific time but instead can ride when it fits into your day at Batuu.

The only issue with this option is the cost.  A stay on board the Starcruiser is not cheap.  For a family of four the cost is just shy of $6,000.  That is a hefty price tag for two days and just being able to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you are a huge Star Wars fan, this might be a great option for your family for something special and unique.

We hope that these tips on how to ride Walt Disney World’s most popular ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be helpful for you as you plan your day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Find more tips for touring Disney’s Hollywood Studios HERE as we look at how to experience the other top rides in the Park such as Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

We also have our suggestions for what rides to skip and what rides not to miss HERE!

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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