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.
Today we've got a great update from Disney's Animal Kingdom as Renée went to check out the awesome and expanded Holiday Offerings at the park.
This looks like a truly fun and unique way to enjoy the holidays.
You can find more information about what's happening at DAK here.
Written by Renée Girard
Quick visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom this afternoon in the rain. As with all parks and resorts all over WDW property, the holiday decorations look great!
Love the addition of the Merry Menagerie this year. The animals are adorable!
Enjoying the live music from the performers too!
Feliz Na’vidad from Pandora.
Ah, Na’vi River Journey - the Smuggler’s Run of Pandora.
Dinoland has more Christmas lights up than it ever has before.
The Tree of Life Awakenings added a wintery touch to their showings, and it’s lovely and a perfect way to end the evening at DAK.
Boo to you and a Happy Halloween Season!!
It's time for the first of many Halloween updates over the next two months. This year we're starting off with the always fun Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.
Enjoy, and Boo to you and you and you and you ... Happy Halloween!
Written by Renée Girard
We’re still not cool enough to Universal Orlando’s HHN media night (don’t worry, we still love them and will visit this month!). But tonight we’ll continue the early Halloween celebration at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Good news everyone, Starbucks is open!
Space Mountain in complete darkness is so fun!!
I enjoy Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, and it’s pretty cool that they made it a treat trail where you can also sit and watch their comedy acts.
I can’t believe it, you guys - Joffrey’s coffee is open too!! I gotta admit, their cold brew is delicious.
Elvis Stitch is meeting guests in the former Stitch’s Great Escape queue.
I’m still a huge fan of HalloWishes, but the Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks are quite enjoyable too.
I don’t know if I’ll get to try all of the specialty treats, but as of right now, I definitely recommend the pumpkin cheesecake.
The Haunted Mansion is extra spooky on MNSSHP nights.
The Boo to You parade is still my favorite thing about the event. Love the addition of the bride, but I’m not so sure about the new Incredibles and Toy Story floats. But it’s all good, and that song will be stuck in your head all night!
Another successful evening of Not So Scary fun! Goodnight!