Here’s how to get the shortest wait for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance without paying extra for Lighting Lane access.
First, you can hit Rise of the Resistance right at rope drop. Be sure to arrive at the front gates for Disneyland Park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park at least 30 minutes before park opening. Then, head straight to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to make Rise of the Resistance your first park of the day. Just know that a lot of other guests will have this same idea!
Our second strategy — and our go-to more often — is actually to head to Rise of the Resistance at the end of the day. This strategy hinges on entering the standby queue when the fewest guests are in the Lighting Lane. We recommend arriving at the Rise of the Resistance standby line either 30 minutes before park closing for Disney’s Hollywood Studios or 30 minutes before ride closing at Disneyland. (Check the theme park’s app for the attraction’s hours of operation on the day of your visit!) The line probably won’t be super short, but it will certainly offer a much lower wait time than you’ll see most of the day!
Also, keep in mind that you can buy individual Lighting Lane access for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The price will vary, but it is an option if you want to bypass the standby queue altogether!
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