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  • On Feb 23, 2020
    Ranodda from WA Asked

    I am staying at the Disneyland Hotel and want to enter the park via the monorail. Can I get a Rise of the Resistance boarding group when at the monorail station since our tickets will have already been activated for that day?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Ranodda! 

    You’re as welcome as can be to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. And you are as welcome as can be to Disneyland Resort. When you enter through the Downtown Disney District Station of the Disneyland Monorail, you are officially entering into Disneyland Park. So, yes, you are technically eligible to join an available Boarding Group to have an opportunity to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

    Tony’s Tip: Entering the Disneyland Monorail’s Downtown Disney District Station also allows you to be eligible to begin making Disney FASTPASS selections if you have the Disney MaxPass service added on to your tickets. 

    With all that said, I’m still going to recommend that you plan to enter Disneyland Park through the Main Entrance turnstiles in the esplanade between Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. The reason is twofold. The operational hours for the Disneyland Monorail may or may not track the same hours of the park overall. And the capacity of the station may not be sufficient to accommodate the potential demand. 

    The Main Entrance has a much greater capacity and the ability to get more Guests into the park much quicker. With the extra walk from the Monorail station to the Main Entrance less than half a mile, my personal recommendation would be to enjoy the walk through the Downtown Disney District and plan on entering the park through the Main Entrance. 

    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been extremely popular since its opening in January 2020. And regular boarding groups are typically filled up within just a minute or two after the official park opening. However, your theme park tickets must have been scanned into the park before you are eligible to join a Boarding Group. If the entrance to the Monorail station were to open even just a minute or two after the rest of the park, your opportunity to join a regular Boarding Group may have passed already. 

    Fortunately, backup Boarding Groups have been available for several minutes after the park opening time the last several days. So there is still some opportunity available, even with a slightly later entrance to the park. Nevertheless, I still feel like the best opportunities for both regular Boarding Groups and backup Boarding Groups are available to Guests who choose to use the Main Entrance. 

    Thanks for coming by with your question, Ranodda. If you have any more questions about your visit to The Happiest Place on Earth, please stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel again soon.

    ~Tony
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