Beginning September 23, Disney has confirmed that boarding groups will no longer be employed for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and the attraction will now use a conventional standby queue. It’s worth noting that Disney is referring to this as a “pause,” but hasn’t said when the virtual queue will be available again.
The Disney Parks Blog announced the change, stating:
“From bright suns to rising moons, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge continues to call travelers to the magic of Batuu, especially with the excitement of Walt Disney World Resort’s 18-month anniversary celebration getting closer and closer. As we ramp up to “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring our 50th anniversary, we’re continuing to enhance experiences thanks to the feedback from our guests.
We know our guests love choice and flexibility when planning their time in a theme park—which is why, starting Sept. 23, we will pause the use of virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios may experience this incredible attraction using a traditional standby queue for the first time since it opened in 2019.
Virtual queues continue to be helpful with attraction access, merchandise launches, grand openings and more, and guests should continue to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest on how we’re using virtual queues across Walt Disney World Resort including its potential use at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at a later date, or from time to time.”
It should be mentioned that virtual queues may be implemented at the attraction at some point in the future.
Guests have long grumbled about the infamously difficult-to-get boarding groups required for Rise of the Resistance. This news came just a week after the attraction installed “Virtual” line signage.
Hopefully, this points to “bright[er] suns” ahead for guests who wish to take part in this adventure in the galaxy far, far away.