RUMOR: Virtual Queue Coming to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom
With crowding becoming an increasing problem at the parks, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it seems Disney is looking to expand virtual queues across the Walt Disney World theme parks. Currently, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the only attraction that utilizes the “Boarding Group” virtual queue procedure, but there are two more on the docket.
According to WDWMagic, the two attractions poised for a Virtual Queue are Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom.
At Smugglers Run, considering that the Boarding Group process is well known at its neighboring attraction inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it makes sense to make Virtual Queue a standard within the land. Smugglers Run has seen excessive lines due to new social distancing guidelines, requiring Cast Members to queue guests backstage.
And over at the Magic Kingdom, while Jungle Cruise seems like an odd addition for virtual queue, it’s one of the rides with the smallest capacity, exacerbated by new health and safety protocols. The attraction also sees long lines throughout the day, making it a prime candidate for a virtual queue.
Of course, Rise of the Resistance’s Boarding Group procedures have been a source of frustration for guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios since it was implemented, with slots for the virtual queue getting booked up in seconds every day at the two distribution times. How they’ll implement features to make entering a virtual queue more accessible and easier for all guests is still to be seen.
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