Boarding Group distribution times for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are getting updated at Walt Disney World Resort. Starting on December 20th, Boarding Group distribution times will be at 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Previously the distribution times were at 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

To get a Boarding Group, guests will need a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios along with the My Disney Experience App. When Park Hopping returns in January, Boarding Groups will not be available to those who are making Disney’s Hollywood Studios their second stop of the day. Boarding Groups will only be available to those with Disney’s Hollywood Studios as their Disney Park Pass reservation starting point for the day.

Here is what Disney released on the update:

  • Calling all members of the Resistance! We are making a slight adjustment to the virtual queue process for one of the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World Resort, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
  • Beginning Sunday, Dec. 20, our distribution times for virtual queue enrollment will be 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Keep in mind, to access the 1 p.m. virtual queue opportunity Guests must have a valid ticket or pass, a Disney Park Pass Reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and be inside the park. Access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed.
  • As a reminder, only Guests with a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. When Park Hopper hours become available on Jan. 1, 2021, Guests visiting from another theme park will not be able to request to join the virtual queue. We encourage these Guests to explore other areas of the park, including in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where they may experience Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run among other offerings.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is an incredibly popular attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that utilizes Boarding Groups that are distributed at specific times with a lottery system. Recently, Disney updated the system so that people could attempt to get their Boarding Groups from outside of the park, provided they have a Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park Pass reservation. This is a good way to get the first shot at a Boarding Group in the morning. If that doesn’t work, starting December 20th, 1:00 is the second time.

The ability to get Boarding Groups from the hotel helps to alleviate the stress and traffic flow/crush ahead of Disney’s Hollywood Studios park opening as seen in the video before. The process with the app is still the same, however, so have that ready (as seen also in the video below) ahead of the Boarding Group distribution time.

What do you think of the updated times for getting Boarding Groups? Share your thoughts in the comments below!