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.
We arrived at about 8:20 AM. Non-hotel guests were held at the turnstiles to the right.
We entered the park right away with no wait.
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!
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.
A crowd formed on the way to Batuu. We were held here until 8:30am.
Star Tours was also open.
By 8:39 AM, it seemed we were officially in line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as we had stopped moving.
Cast Members then funneled guests into a proper line.
The line went to the right into a section of backstage.
We then re-entered Grand Avenue and headed into Batuu.
The line continued to wind its way through Galaxy’s Edge.
Cast Members were also available to direct guests to Savi’s Workshop for handbuilt lightsabers.
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.
We reached the first pre-show room at 9:30 AM, just over an hour after entering Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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.