Yes I would certainly get your pass at Disney Springs before hand. You don't want to be standing in line waiting for tickets when every minute (and second for Rise of the Resistance!) counts.
Dropping off at Boardwalk around 8:50am would also seem a good idea. If then lets you walk in and...
That pavilion is in a tough spot right now. With no attraction, no meet and greet, no live entertainment and food that people tended to be wary of - and it is very easy to just walk by. I wouldn't be surprised to see Disney leave it largely closed until the park is back to something like normal.
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