Planning a trip to Disneyland? Want to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure?
These are the two newest rides at Disneyland Resort and you must join a “virtual queue” in the official Disneyland app before you can ride.
The problem is that the virtual queues can fill FAST – in less than a minute. And you only have two chances each day.
My family would have been deeply disappointed to miss the newest rides on our July 2021 Disneyland trip. We worried about not getting into the virtual queues.
But good news! We were successful with the virtual queue 5 out of 5 times we tried it.
Here's what worked for us…
Download the official Disneyland app
The official Disneyland app has become an essential tool for visiting Disneyland. Download it as soon as you book your trip. Use it to join virtual queues, store your park tickets, make dining reservations, check wait times, and much more.
Set up the official Disneyland app
Go to the Tickets and Passes section of the app and link the ticket numbers for every person in your party. Do this before you leave home.
You can link the same tickets to multiple accounts. My husband and daughter and I linked tickets for the entire family to our individual accounts, which meant that all three of us could try to get into the virtual queue. When the first person was successful, the other two received notification that they were already in the queue.
At this time, you can only join each virtual queue once per day. On two days of our trip, we rode Rise of the Resistance in the morning and Web Slingers in the afternoon.
Rise of the Resistance is in Disneyland. Web Slingers is in Disney's California Adventure, which are separate parks. You must have a Park Hopper ticket if you want to ride both on the same day.
Set an alarm for 5 minutes before the queue opens
You'll probably be busy with other Disneyland things when the queue opens. Setting an alarm can keep you from missing the small virtual queue window.
At this time, the virtual queues for Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers open at 7:00 AM and 12:00 noon on the same day you will ride. So set alarms for 6:55 AM and 11:55 AM on every day of your trip. You cannot make reservations a day or a week in advance.
You do not have to be inside the park to join a virtual queue, but you must have a ticket and reservation for that park. Under the current reservation system, you cannot park hop until 1 PM, so don't try to get into Web Slingers (in California Adventure) in the morning if your reservation is for Disneyland that day.
Find the boarding group screen in the app
You can join a virtual queue boarding group from the home page or the menu in the official Disneyland app.
From the home screen of the Disneyland app:
- Click the three lines to see the menu
- Click on the Virtual Queues box
- Click on Join Boarding Group button
You should see a screen with two tabs for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Choose the park you want. The ride will be listed underneath.
Practice refreshing the page. Pull down on the name of the ride (under the tabs) to refresh the page.
With one minute to go, refresh and repeat
When your phone tells you there is one minute left before the virtual queue opens (6:59 or 11:59), start refreshing the screen over and over. Just don't refresh so fast that you miss the “Join” button when it appears.
Hopefully, getting in early and refreshing often will help you be one of the first to get the “Join” button on your screen. Click that button.
Make sure every member of your group has a checkmark next to their name. They will probably be checked already, so you won't have to do anything. Then click the next “Join” button.
At this point, you should see a confirmation screen telling you your boarding group number and an approximate wait time. When your group is called, you will have an hour to get there.
The wait time is a pretty good estimate, though our group was usually called earlier. One afternoon, it was over an hour later.
Wait times will be delayed if the ride breaks down. Joining a virtual queue does not guarantee that you will get to ride.
It also doesn't mean that you won't stand in a real line. We waited about 15-30 minutes in line after checking in at Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers. We waited 45+ minutes for our first ride on Web Slingers because the ride broke down while we were in line.
Are the rides good?
Yes! We loved both Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers. Rise of the Resistance is my new favorite Disneyland ride.
Here's what to expect.
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure is a ride that is appropriate for all ages. It's a lot like Toy Story Midway Mania, which is also in Disney California Adventure. Instead of using a gun to hit targets, you use your hands like web slingers to hit targets and try for a high score.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a multi-part attraction unlike anything else in Disneyland. My teen daughter said that if she were younger, she might have thought that Star Wars was 100% real after this ride. Kids must be at least 40 inches tall to ride because there are some thrilling elements.
We had a good experience with virtual queues and it will be interesting to see how Disneyland uses them in the future.
There's one thing that never changes at Disneyland – it pays to show up early and plan ahead. If you do this with virtual queues, I'm optimistic that your family will get to try the popular new rides every time.
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