When Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened at Disneyland Park in January 2020, Disney knew that the ride was going to be a massive hit. In anticipation of all the Guests that would want to ride the new attraction, Disney created a virtual queue that would give Guests a boarding group, abandoning its traditional standby queue. The virtual queue would open twice per day, once at 7 a.m. and again at noon, and boarding groups would be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Disney was right and Rise of the Resistance was a huge hit. Guests would line up well before the Park opened in an attempt to get a coveted boarding group. Unfortunately, the ride was only open for a couple of months before the pandemic forced the theme park to shut down. After more than a year, Disney announced that not only would the theme park be reopening, but being in the Park at 7 a.m. to access a Rise of the Resistance boarding group would no longer be required. Any Guest with a Disneyland Park reservation would be able to try to get a boarding group from wherever they were at that time.
Now, Disney has made another change to the Rise of the Resistance queue and has moved back to the traditional standby queue. The move came as many Guests expect Disney to announce the launch of Disney Genie and Genie+ at the Southern California theme park. The Rise standby queue had been eliminated at Disney World just before Genie+ was launched there as well.
November 22 marked the first day of the standby queue for Rise of the Resistance and fans proved that the ride is as popular as it has ever been. The Park opened at 8 a.m. and by 8:30, the wait was over 2 1/2 hours, with the line stretching all the way through Batuu, Frontierland, and ending at Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland.
At one point, the Disneyland mobile app stated that the wait time for Rise of the Resistance was 240 minutes or 4 hours. However, as the day went on, the wait went down and was as low as 70 minutes at about 3:15 p.m. So, if you are visiting the Parks and planning on riding Rise of the Resistance, it may be best to not head there first thing in the morning and wait until the middle of the afternoon.
It is important to remember that Disney still reserves the right to bring back the virtual queue if they feel the crowd levels are getting a little too high. With the holiday season in full swing, it is possible that on days like Thanksgiving and Christmas, the virtual queue may be utilized as these are traditionally some of the busiest days at the theme park. For the most up-to-date information on the virtual queue, be sure to check the Disneyland app.