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I will be heading over to HWS on Tuesday Feb 11th as of right now its a 9am opening.
What time should I arrive to the park to make sure I'm there in time to grab a ROTR boarding pass ?
 

MM311

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I will be heading over to HWS on Tuesday Feb 11th as of right now its a 9am opening.
What time should I arrive to the park to make sure I'm there in time to grab a ROTR boarding pass ?
I was just about to ask the same question for the week of 3/1-3/7, I'm wondering if all these 9am openings will ultimately be pushed to 7am?
 

Weather_Lady

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I will be heading over to HWS on Tuesday Feb 11th as of right now its a 9am opening.
What time should I arrive to the park to make sure I'm there in time to grab a ROTR boarding pass ?
It's highly unlikely that the opening time will stay 9am, so check back regularly.

Whatever the opening time is, you just need to be inside the park a few minutes before it opens so you can be ready. Just to be safe, I'd plan to arrive (by arrive, I mean strolling into the bag check/admissions area) no later than 30 minutes before opening (45 if you have to go through bag check), just in case there's a long line or some holdups getting through the gates. At least, if you're like me, you'll choose the one line where everyone ahead of you has a problem with their finger scan, and if you switch to another, faster-moving line, the first person in that line will immediately encounter the same issues, while the line you just left will abruptly start moving.
 

Weather_Lady

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I was just about to ask the same question for the week of 3/1-3/7, I'm wondering if all these 9am openings will ultimately be pushed to 7am?
That's the theory. They'll be moved to 8am, if not 7am, but Disney may wait until just a few days beforehand to do it. Keep an eye on the changes they make to the February schedule as a good predictor of what they'll do for March.
 

UNCgolf

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I've realized this is a completely pointless discussion, because everyone is just in favor of something that's best for them. All the people in this thread who believe the current system is the most fair system believe that because it's the best system for them. If a different system was better for them, they'd think THAT was the most fair system. And the current system probably doesn't work well/isn't the best for all of the people who don't think it's the most fair system.

Not meant as an attack on anyone, by the way -- just human nature to think that way for most people.
 
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rowrbazzle

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I have done it eight times now, arriving at the park at times ranging from 430a back in December to 630a yesterday. There are plenty of families with kids of various ages (strollers included) that are rope dropping to get BGs.
I have three kids - 2, 4, and 7. I did one 5:00 arrival with the 7 year old. This was before Disney started holding groups until 7:00. We weren't about to try that with the little kids, though. We did one day with the whole group arriving at 6:45 after Disney switched to 7:00 passes. As others have said, it wasn't a whole lot different than a getting them up on a school day. Once was fine, maybe twice in a week.
 

disneygeek90

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Yes I think you are correct. My guess is ROTR will slowly transform how it is accessed depending on reliability and whatever Disney deems necessary to make available to resort guests. My best guess is some sort of "blended" FP+ access along w BG. I think the BG system has both its pluses and minuses. But if this ride was 100% reliable and never broke down (like MFSR) it would already be on FP
Universal waited years to move their HP attractions to Express Pass, and that's a paid pass. I think operations are just realizing that fast pass is not great for an attraction right at open. When people are waiting 2 hours for a glorified Barnstormer, I think that sent a red flag to Disney that they need to try something different with new attractions.

Edit: Seems like we might have hit our first downtime of the day at group 60.
 

UNCgolf

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I have three kids - 2, 4, and 7. I did one 5:00 arrival with the 7 year old. This was before Disney started holding groups until 7:00. We weren't about to try that with the little kids, though. We did one day with the whole group arriving at 6:45 after Disney switched to 7:00 passes. As others have said, it wasn't a whole lot different than a getting them up on a school day. Once was fine, maybe twice in a week.
Yeah, I think it works fine for some families and not so well for others -- it's certainly not an across the board designation; life is more nuanced than that. And of course every day is different with kids, you could plan on doing it one morning and then have that just not work out for various reasons.

Regardless, it doesn't matter. It's the system Disney has chosen and they likely aren't going to change it until they open RotR to FastPass/standby.
 

Chadisa

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OK, I realize this is just a variation of the "does everyone in my group need to be in the park at 7 am to get a BG" question but I haven't seen this potential wrinkle talked about yet (and if effects me lol)...

If we know for a fact we will be doing rider swap, and traditionally with FP the second adult doesn't actually need a FP for said attraction - does my wife and 4 yr old need to be with me and my two older kids at 7? Meaning, does my wife HAVE to be assigned a BG if we are doing rider swap and I have a BG?

I hope that made sense.

Right now the day we are in HS (2/13) is still showing opening at 9 but I think we all know that won't be the case come that day so I am planning for a 7 opening.
 

DCBaker

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OK, I realize this is just a variation of the "does everyone in my group need to be in the park at 7 am to get a BG" question but I haven't seen this potential wrinkle talked about yet (and if effects me lol)...

If we know for a fact we will be doing rider swap, and traditionally with FP the second adult doesn't actually need a FP for said attraction - does my wife and 4 yr old need to be with me and my two older kids at 7? Meaning, does my wife HAVE to be assigned a BG if we are doing rider swap and I have a BG?

I hope that made sense.

Right now the day we are in HS (2/13) is still showing opening at 9 but I think we all know that won't be the case come that day so I am planning for a 7 opening.
Both parents will need a boarding group if both will end up riding.
 

CastAStone

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I've realized this is a completely pointless discussion, because everyone is just in favor of something that's best for them. All the people in this thread who believe the current system is the most fair system believe that because it's the best system for them. If a different system was better for them, they'd think THAT was the most fair system. And the current system probably doesn't work well/isn't the best for all of the people who don't think it's the most fair system.

Not meant as an attack on anyone, by the way -- just human nature to think that way for most people.
yup.
 

jt04

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Yes I think you are correct. My guess is ROTR will slowly transform how it is accessed depending on reliability and whatever Disney deems necessary to make available to resort guests. My best guess is some sort of "blended" FP+ access along w BG. I think the BG system has both its pluses and minuses. But if this ride was 100% reliable and never broke down (like MFSR) it would already be on FP
Good to see you have caught on. You are on to something IMO.
 

DANDAMAN1

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Reading all this worries me. I'm going in June. Hope things are a lot smoother by then. Arriving at park before 6am for a CHANCE to get a boarding group that may or may NOT be called that day, is not ideal for me. I got ONE DAY to try and ride RotR. If I don't get on, trip will be wasted.
 

disneygeek90

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Back up at group 64. Well above the pace of recent days.
Reading all this worries me. I'm going in June. Hope things are a lot smoother by then. Arriving at park before 6am for a CHANCE to get a boarding group that may or may NOT be called that day, is not ideal for me. I got ONE DAY to try and ride RotR. If I don't get on, trip will be wasted.
There's no need to get there before 6am, and that's assuming they are still opening at 7.
 

SplashZander

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I've realized this is a completely pointless discussion, because everyone is just in favor of something that's best for them. All the people in this thread who believe the current system is the most fair system believe that because it's the best system for them. If a different system was better for them, they'd think THAT was the most fair system. And the current system probably doesn't work well/isn't the best for all of the people who don't think it's the most fair system.

Not meant as an attack on anyone, by the way -- just human nature to think that way for most people.
Actually no, I spent a week at Walt Disney World with my immediate family, my 75-year-old disabled grandmother and her 64-year-old sister.

The best system for me would be an outright standby system that allows the disability return times even if there is an 8-hour wait. With this system, I could have easily ridden 2 or even 3 times through my grandma. I would classify this as a slight instance of exploitation but after riding it she proclaimed it to be the best ride she had ever ridden and immediately asked if we could do it again.

Instead of this, my 75-year-old disabled grandmother decided she wanted to join the rest of her family in waking up at 5:45 to ride the new Star Wars ride despite never having watched a Star Wars movie.

Despite the boarding group system not being the most convenient for myself, BY A LONG SHOT, it is very easy to see it is the most fair and beneficial system for the majority of individuals.
 
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