Happy Wednesday all!! Hope you're all having a great week so far. We're still on that post Rise of the Resistance high, but we did a lot more at Disneyland last weekend and thought we should share it with you.
This update includes some new experiences we got to try during our visit and a look at this years Lunar new Year at Disney California Adventure.
Written by Gregg Condon
We always love being at Disneyland during sunrise, something magical about it.
Obviously our main goal for the day was to experience Rise of the Resistance, which we did!
Be sure to check out our tips for experiencing Rise of the Resistance that we posted the other day.
While waiting for our ride time, we got to experience some classic attractions, but not this one. It was pretty chilly.
We wrecked the halls with Jack one last time. Looking forward to OG Haunted Mansion being back soon.
We actually had an interesting experience on Pirates. As we were launching the CM's at the dock made the announcement that the ride was shutting down. We went through the ride, every boat behind us was empty. We didn't stop once, not even at the final lift.
When we got back to the entrance of the ride, it was completely empty. We have zero idea what was going on, but the ride was back open when we passed by later in the day.
We also spent some time in Batuu as our ride time for ROTR got closer.
We tried our first Breakfast Ronto Wrap. It was yummy.
We also tried this thing, it was, ok.
I got to hang out with Chewie!! We didn't see R2D2 unfortunately.
My OMG face before we even got into the "ride" part of Rise of the Resistance.
My review of Rise of the Resistance (no spoilers) in case you missed it the other day
After our experience on Rise of the Resistance, we needed to decompress at Lamplight.
And check out some Lunar New Year treats
Let's go try some food!!
Firecracker Three Cup Chicken Wings (my favorite thing we tried)
We had reservations to experience Oga's Cantina for the first time, so we headed back over to Disneyland and stopped at one of our all time favorite attractions. It's still great, even after all these years.
Back in Galaxy's Edge, Kylo Ren is looking for somebody.
I still can't get over how amazing it is to see the Millennium Falcon just sitting there.
Time for the Cantina!!
Took some video of our experience
This is such a cool touch
The Jet Juice
She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.
It was tingly for sure
Definitely unique, not sure we'd get it again. Not to be used for shooting Womprats.
As we had been up since the early morning hours (1:30am for me for some stupid reason), we decided to do one last attraction and head out. And we decided on It's a Small World.
Sunset over Matterhorn
We had to pick up a popcorn/fries bucket for a friend
And I had to do my best Flavor Flave impression
I will say, my one disappointment is the lack of Rise of the Resistance merchandise. I don't care for the regular shirt, at all (and it had a HUGE head hole).
I did like the Passholder design with the logo, but honestly, I don't want the Passholder there.
Need just a plain black shirt with the Rise of the Resistance logo on it. That's it.
Hopefully those are coming soon.
We said goodnight to Walt and Mickey and headed home.
It was a great night, and we're already making plans on heading back soon.
Now that we've used our Flex Pass 3 times I think we've got a pretty good handle on it, and we'll be doing a review of that particular pass soon. So stay tuned for that!!
Good Morning Park Journey readers, we hope you had an enjoyable weekend and that those of you that happen to be off today are enjoying another day off.
We had an amazing weekend, not only did we spend Saturday at Disneyland, we were among the chosen few to get on Rise of the Resistance via the boarding group process. And if that wasn't enough, the 49ers won on Sunday!!
But I digress, we wanted to share some tips to help you make the most of your Rise of the Resistance experience, and hopefully improve your odds of experiencing this amazing attraction.
Before we move on, this article contains NO spoilers. So feel free to read on.
Written by Gregg Condon
Tip One: You do NOT need to camp out
Seriously, there is zero need to do this. We got to Toy Story lot at 5:30am for an 8:00am opening, and that was even too early. You only have to be in the park by 8:00am. That said ...
Tip Two: Arrive at the turnstiles 1-hour prior to park opening
This is just to make sure you don't get nervous about getting in. We want to make sure this process is as stress free as possible. You never know when there may be a system issue, you pick a bad line, you have a ticket issue, etc.
Tip Three: Find an area before 8am with not a lot of people
When we got into the park (about an hour and 15 minutes before the park opened) everybody headed straight to Starbucks. Forget that. We went to Jolly Holiday, found a short line and sat and relaxed.
The hub was filled with people, but 5 minutes before park opened they released all of these people into the park.
So we decided to just stay where we were and it worked out.
Tip Four: Build your boarding group party before the park opens
We can't stress this enough. Download the Disneyland App. Make sure all of your groups tickets are linked on the app. On everybody's app. The more people you have trying to get a boarding group the better your chances are.
Tip Five: DO NOT wait for the "Join Boarding Group"
button to turn orange
We think this was the biggest mistake people made. Instead of waiting for the page to refresh, click "My Status" as shown below. Another page will open and allow you to join a group from there.
Many people actually tried to re-start the app because the Join Boarding Group button didn't refresh. And by then, it's too late.
Once one person in your group gets a spot, you all have a spot and the app will lock everybody else out.
Tip Six: You have 2 a two hour window to ride
once your group is called
There's no need to hang out in front of the ride, or worry that you're going to miss it. You have a 2-hour ride window, so go enjoy the parks. If you have a group from 1-30 chances are your group will be called within the first 4 hours of park opening (as long as the ride does not break down). So I'd stay inside Disneyland. Groups past that, feel free to do whatever.
Tip Seven: Reserve about 60-90 minutes for the
entire ride experience
Just because you have a boarding group doesn't mean you are going to get to ride in 5 minutes. We had group 27 on Saturday and we got in to ride about 11:15 (after the ride shut down for about an hour at around 10:15, when our group was originally called). We were done about 12:10.
The queue wait time was probably 30-40 minutes and the entire experience from beginning to end is about 20-25 minutes.
But we have heard of the queue being close to an hour prior to boarding.
Tip Eight: Have SO much fun
Seriously ya'll, this is an experience like no other. Our group of 5 were completely blown away, from beginning to end. There are jaw-dropping moments everywhere.
So what did I think of the ride? You can see my non-spoiler review below.
We hope these tips help you to make the most out of your experience. We've now experienced one day and seen 3 days of the process, so we are pretty sure these tips will be beneficial.
If you've experienced Rise of the Resistance and have any additional tips, feel free to share them below!!
We'll have a general park update posted later today including Lunar New Year fun.
This morning, Renée braved the crowds and the weather at Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience the all new Rise of the Resistance that just opened in Galaxy's Edge.
How did she fare? And more importantly, what are the changes you need to be made aware of if you want to experience Rise of the Resistance any time soon?
Written by Renée Girard
It’s currently 5:25am and I’m here with just a few others at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
CMs are saying that park will open at 7am and that we may be entering the park before then but cannot join the virtual queue for RotR till 7am. Has that always been the case? From what I’ve seen, people have joined the virtual queue before 7?
30 minutes later at 5:55am and the line behind me is huge.
Cast Compliment to all the cast members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are up and working before the sun is up and managing the insane crowds. May The Force be with you this holiday season.
6:35am, it’s raining. Gates are open!
6:48am and I’m in the park but can’t join a boarding group yet. And Starbucks has quite the line!
6:53am. Nothing to do but wait and keep check for boarding groups to open, go shopping, or get Starbucks.
People are not happy that they got here early and can’t get a boarding pass yet. We’ll see how the app handles everyone trying to get one at 7am.
While I wait for my boarding group... let’s ride!
No boarding groups have been called for RotR yet, so wait times for other rides are starting to climb.
“How about some boarding passes?”.
Even with boarding groups opening at 7am, they are still gone before 8am.
Not a bad score for so early in the morning!
Breakfast at Oga’s and then it’s time to join the resistance.
My group got called about 8:30am while I was at Oga’s.
I’m going in! No spoilers, I promise!
The queue has a Flight of Passage feel to me so far. Pretty sure the key word here is immersive.
Heading in to get our assignment from BB8 and Rey.
Just got off Rise of the Resistance. Absolutely incredible! There wasn’t any down time at all while I was in there. Lives up to all of the hype.
I’m exhausted and going to nap now but once again, Rise of the Resistance is amazing. If the virtual queue bookings are going to continue to open at 7, I’d still get there early - they were already gone before 8. I was off the ride just before 10. Totally worth it.