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PHOTOS: Hotel Guest Early Entry at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Debuts, How to Ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”, guests of participating hotels are able to enter all four Walt Disney World theme parks 30 minutes early every day. We were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the first day of early entry this morning to see what boarding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance would be like.

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Cast Members at the park entrance directed hotel guests inside the park. To verify you have a hotel reservation, your MagicBand or card will be scanned before you reach the entrance.

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We arrived at about 8:20 AM. Non-hotel guests were held at the turnstiles to the right.

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We entered the park right away with no wait.

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The following attractions are available during early entry:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ™
  • Toy Story Mania!
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Cast Members directed guests to the right for most attractions, and to the left for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Of course, most guests headed to the left.

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A crowd formed on the way to Batuu. We were held here until 8:30am.

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Star Tours was also open.

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By 8:39 AM, it seemed we were officially in line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as we had stopped moving.

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Cast Members then funneled guests into a proper line.

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The line went to the right into a section of backstage.

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We then re-entered Grand Avenue and headed into Batuu.

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The line continued to wind its way through Galaxy’s Edge.

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Cast Members were also available to direct guests to Savi’s Workshop for handbuilt lightsabers.

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We reached the standby entrance at 8:59 AM, where a 60-minute wait was posted. While in line, we continued to check the My Disney Experience app, which eventually listed Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as having a 165 minute wait. Other attractions varied from 5 to 50 minutes.

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We reached the first pre-show room at 9:30 AM, just over an hour after entering Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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We were off Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at 9:48 AM.

In total, we spent about an hour waiting once rope drop actually happened, which isn’t bad, but Rise of the Resistance has been posting a 50 minute wait in the evening with reports that guests have waited less than that. It may be better to wait it out than to fight this mob in the morning.

Check out our post about early entry to Magic Kingdom. Are you excited to experience early theme park entry? Let us know in the comments.

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Charles Elias Disney II
Charles Elias Disney II
24 days ago

The thing which pees off Disney Family Members the most. End of Line which should be used for TRON. My cousin-in-law Ron Miller was the Producer of TRON. Line Ends Here is much better and holds up Disney Image. End of Line is not Disney Image if it is not used for TRON!

Rise Fan
Rise Fan
24 days ago

“…Rise of the Resistance has been posting a 50 minute wait in the evening with reports that guests have waited less than that. It may be better to wait it out than to fight this mob in the morning.“

That’s good info. Thanks for the tip!

Susan Lee
Susan Lee
23 days ago

I miss the virtual queue already lol