News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening reports and using Boarding Groups at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Jimdalva

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Can you comment if they were running 2 or 1 transports at dispatch?
They ran 2 transports, and I think everything was working, but being my first time, who knows.
Also Smugglers Run Never ran All Day.
Once again thanks to all here who enabled me to get a Boarding Group.
It was sad to see a family with 3 or 4 kids looking unhappy because Dad failed to get a BG. Add to that No Smugglers, and those Star Wars fans were very disappointed.
It will be years before I return and try and ride Smugglers. Until then Im Out. Good Bye.
 

RSoxNo1

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I hope the takeaway here is that additional capacity is built into the Paris version. I'm not sure that there's an easy way to do that stateside other than the actual troubleshooting of the attraction. It is my understanding that the attraction has rarely, if ever approached it's intended capacity Pre-COVID.

The hindrances to modifying capacity would likely be the elevator bays. If the vehicle size could be increased it may be immaterial if you can't modify the elevator bays. That's where France could potentially address the problem before construction.
 

AL2000HS

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I hope the takeaway here is that additional capacity is built into the Paris version. I'm not sure that there's an easy way to do that stateside other than the actual troubleshooting of the attraction. It is my understanding that the attraction has rarely, if ever approached it's intended capacity Pre-COVID.

The hindrances to modifying capacity would likely be the elevator bays. If the vehicle size could be increased it may be immaterial if you can't modify the elevator bays. That's where France could potentially address the problem before construction.
I don't remember if I read this some where or if it was just wishful thinking from wdi in talking with them in ca that paris might not get the lifts/drops.
They can increase efficiency with more people just that the scenes and lifts/drops would need to be bigger and it's already massive as is.
Problem with fl and ca is they haven't been able to run all their vehicles yet. Timing is not working out well when more vehicles get added. I don't know about fl but ca the highest we ran was 32 out of 36 but we usually average 30.
 

DisneyCane

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Given the state of the BG frenzy, I think a few things need to change. First, it shouldn't be fastest fingers/connections gets the BG. It should be a random lottery. Second, I think they need to pre-assign the lottery process so you know before showing up at DHS whether you will get a ride. Perhaps by say 5PM the day before, you have to enter your party in the lottery and you'll be notified if you receive a BG and what BG you received by say 6PM the day before. Third, for those staying onsite, perhaps with at least an 3-4 night stay, you are should be guaranteed a BG and you can sorta list your days of preference in advance and Disney will assign one to you. This way, you know when you go to DHS, that you will get a ride.

Or just scrap the whole concept altogether and go stand-by only and how long you are willing to wait determines who rides. The problem here is how to prevent people from continually showing up earlier and earlier. I will say, though, as someone with young children, I do not favor this alternative, but at least you can't argue with the equity of such a system.
The issue with a day before lottery is that if you know that you didn't get a BG, there is a decent chance of people cancelling their park reservation. I could see people (especially Disney resort guests that usually have reservations available at the other parks) reserving DHS for every day (taking capacity) and then cancelling and switching to another park as soon as they know they can't ride RotR the next day.

I don't think they should go all standby but I think they should keep some percentage (10% maybe) of capacity for standby. Then there should be a minimum standby wait (2.5 hours?). Basically, allow the line to form but don't take anybody from standby until 12:30 PM. Essentially, there should be a way that somebody who can't get a boarding group but is willing to wait will get to ride, even if they have to wait half of the day or longer. Anybody that gets a boarding group should be barred from the standby line.
 

dizneycrazy09

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Can someone point me to the post(s) with the best process for securing a boarding group? I was great with it precovid, but this morning is the first time back in HS since. Any new pieces of advice (cold open versus refresh, etc?)
 

PolynesianPrincess

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The issue with a day before lottery is that if you know that you didn't get a BG, there is a decent chance of people cancelling their park reservation. I could see people (especially Disney resort guests that usually have reservations available at the other parks) reserving DHS for every day (taking capacity) and then cancelling and switching to another park as soon as they know they can't ride RotR the next day.

I don't think they should go all standby but I think they should keep some percentage (10% maybe) of capacity for standby. Then there should be a minimum standby wait (2.5 hours?). Basically, allow the line to form but don't take anybody from standby until 12:30 PM. Essentially, there should be a way that somebody who can't get a boarding group but is willing to wait will get to ride, even if they have to wait half of the day or longer. Anybody that gets a boarding group should be barred from the standby line.

I feel like if they did a lottery and you don't show up, you should be banned from entering again. If you're there on a trip, you can't enter it again for the remainder of your stay and if you're an AP you can't enter again for so many days, like 30-60 days. I feel like a lottery would be good in the sense that maybe it would ease some of the park opening crowds since you won't have to be there at 10am to try for a BG. But again, you do mention everyone booking DHS for the chance to ride and then cancelling if they don't get one. That would definitely be rough on guests who want to go but can't get a ressie for the day because of people taking all the spots in hopes for a BG.
 

DCBaker

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Can someone point me to the post(s) with the best process for securing a boarding group? I was great with it precovid, but this morning is the first time back in HS since. Any new pieces of advice (cold open versus refresh, etc?)

Just hit the page at 10am sharp (or start refreshing a few seconds before).

This is what I do -

Not really - just refreshing. I sit on the "My Queues" page and then when the clock is at 9:59:55, I'll count down 5 seconds and click "Join Virtual Queue", which brings up the next page with a blue Join button if you timed it correctly.

You can also just sit on the "Join Virtual Queue" page and swipe down to refresh.


This is what @KevinPage does.

I always sit on the main page (w/ the AT AT’s) and click JOIN right at 10am.
 

Mike730

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Can someone point me to the post(s) with the best process for securing a boarding group? I was great with it precovid, but this morning is the first time back in HS since. Any new pieces of advice (cold open versus refresh, etc?)
Listen to @DCBaker. Also, as previously mentioned, anyone on your friends list that has tapped into the park should be auto selected on the next page. Just check real quick and get to the last page ASAP.
 

UNCgolf

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On a side note, I love your screen name. I did not get into that story until after I missed the theatrical release (when I played the Sierra video game). We visited WDW a year or two later and asked a poor CM in a Kodak photography store if they had it on VHS, or when it might be coming out. I still remember him calling a bunch of numbers to find out this information. I was like 9, I knew no better. I still feel for him, trying (vainly! - it wouldn't receive a release until 1998). Still enjoyed eating at Gurgi's.

You should check out the book series (if you haven't). It's one of the best children's/young adult fantasy series ever written. Disney is apparently working on developing the books into a series of movies, which will hopefully follow them a bit more closely than the Black Cauldron movie did.
 

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