Rise of the Resistance BOARDING GROUPS Superthread Part 1 *No Ride Spoilers Please* *PLEASE READ POSTS 1-4*

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Mathmagicland

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I know people have said that they are understanding of reservations for Oga's and droid building and so on if you stop by and tell them you have a BG if there is a scheduling conflict... but what do you do about other reservations? I'm thinking Blue Bayou for example.
We are planning on booking WOC dessert party too, but since that is a specific time not much to do about that.
Anyone have any experience with other scheduling conflicts?
Someone posted earlier in this thread about a WOC conflict as their BG was called in the evening so total conflict and unable to ride that day. They went to DL CMs that day, showed the conflict, and I believe were given a pass to ride it the next day.
 

ironband74

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Exactly. For my DH it's more like 'try not to look at her like she's crazy' but I can see it in his eyes. Especially last night when I told him my worries about the BG.
I can relate.

DW: What are you listening to?

Me: A Disneyland Podcast.

DW: (Eyeroll)

[later that day]

DW: Whatcha readin?

Me: A Disneyland message board.

DW: (Eyeroll)

[still later that day]

DW: Whatcha lookin' at?

Me: The news.

DW: Really? What do you think about the situation in...

Me: I was lying. I was seeing what group is boarding on the Disneyland App.

DW: The first step is admitting you have a problem...
 

PairOfDice

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I can relate.

DW: What are you listening to?

Me: A Disneyland Podcast.

DW: (Eyeroll)

[later that day]

DW: Whatcha readin?

Me: A Disneyland message board.

DW: (Eyeroll)

[still later that day]

DW: Whatcha lookin' at?

Me: The news.

DW: Really? What do you think about the situation in...

Me: I was lying. I was seeing what group is boarding on the Disneyland App.

DW: The first step is admitting you have a problem...
Me: There's something I want to talk to you about.

DH: OK, what is it? *looks concerned*

Me: I'm still really concerned that we won't get a BG.

DH: sigh
 

smiley_face2

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I don’t think it’s as big of an issue as you’re suggesting.

Disney has been very wise in that their BG system doesn’t prioritize who’s in the park first, because you’re correct that many people don’t get into the park remotely in proportion to the time they arrived (more on that in a minute). Other than Sunday, Jan. 26, though, when the backup didn’t clear by park open, it hasn’t mattered. The fact that they’ve suspended photos at morning park entrance is HUGE and I credit them for that.

The planter placement makes it impossible for the lines to be truly orderly. On Sunday, my husband, daughter, and I got into three different lines to see how they behaved. The line I was in, near the right facing DL, won by a MILE. First, they opened the park gates off to the side (by the strollers), so tons of people fled over there. Then, the line I was in turned out to feed into a space between planters and actually was hitting FIVE turnstiles. Super lucky!

Then you’ve got families joining their group after fetching Starbucks, people meeting up after getting separated at security... it’s just a lot of movement, even with no one intentionally “cutting” or anything.

So I got into the park while they were still behind the monorail track... but it didn’t actually matter because we were all in by 7:40, plenty of time to get a BG. THIS is the key point. I was very concerned about the inequitable entrance procedures at DL prior to ROTR opening, but it just hasn’t been a problem. Thank goodness!
This makes me feel a lot better! We only get to be in Disneyland every couple of years now so we try to go at a time when crowds are not too bad but there are not too many rides closed for refurb. Makes it tricky! We are going this month, arrive on the 19th. We will be down there for 9 days, and are trying to pick which days to hit which park, taking into consideration park hours versus crowds and working around 2 different birthdays, and a trip to universal! Lol! When I saw the pics of the lines in the morning, I really paniced!! Would you say that the general crowds in the parks are still low, and that it is just so many people desperate to get in before actual opening, that makes it look bad? We have 1 magic morning with our tickets and will be doing that on our first day which is thursday. We will already be in fantasyland/tomorrowland at actual opening time so we think we will be able to get a bg that day for sure! 3 of us have the app and all tickets already loaded, in case one of us crashes or has a bad connection!
 

Peachy0118

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I can relate.

DW: What are you listening to?

Me: A Disneyland Podcast.

DW: (Eyeroll)

[later that day]

DW: Whatcha readin?

Me: A Disneyland message board.

DW: (Eyeroll)

[still later that day]

DW: Whatcha lookin' at?

Me: The news.

DW: Really? What do you think about the situation in...

Me: I was lying. I was seeing what group is boarding on the Disneyland App.

DW: The first step is admitting you have a problem...
So much yes.

I... I can stop anytime I want to.... if I wanted to... I just don't want to...

I say as I check the boards again.
 
  • Skyegirl1999

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    This makes me feel a lot better! We only get to be in Disneyland every couple of years now so we try to go at a time when crowds are not too bad but there are not too many rides closed for refurb. Makes it tricky! We are going this month, arrive on the 19th. We will be down there for 9 days, and are trying to pick which days to hit which park, taking into consideration park hours versus crowds and working around 2 different birthdays, and a trip to universal! Lol! When I saw the pics of the lines in the morning, I really paniced!! Would you say that the general crowds in the parks are still low, and that it is just so many people desperate to get in before actual opening, that makes it look bad? We have 1 magic morning with our tickets and will be doing that on our first day which is thursday. We will already be in fantasyland/tomorrowland at actual opening time so we think we will be able to get a bg that day for sure! 3 of us have the app and all tickets already loaded, in case one of us crashes or has a bad connection!
    The morning pictures look bad, and it's definitely chaotic and crazy-seeming... but you get in! They clear that line pretty quickly. It's a mass of people in a small space up until the park opens, but then once it opens and everyone spreads out, it's not that bad.

    While the early morning hours are for sure busier than normal, they're not really packed... on Sunday, we got our BG over in Tomorrowland, then we walked over and did Storybook Land on the first boat, Casey Jr. with no wait, Mr. Toad's with about a five-minute wait... it wasn't the, "wow, this is suuuuuuper empty!" feeling you can sometimes get on a random Sunday rope drop, but it was very manageable. I don't think the overall crowds at the park over the course of a day are busier because of ROTR, honestly.

    You still might hit busy days, especially because that Presidents' Day week can be BRUTAL - but I bet some of your days will be light. And DCA has looked pretty dreamy at rope drop since the masses are focused on DL.
     

    naoboo

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    Has anyone tried getting a BG inside Plaza Inn? My family has a character breakfast reservation there at 8:30am on a Magic Morning next week when normal park open is 9am. If cell reception there isn't great, I can duck out for a few minutes to go somewhere better.

    Also, how early do they let people in on MM days? I'm trying to figure when to arrive and have enough time to get through security and make it to our reservation on time.
     

    LizzyS

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    First, since you typically have a 2-hour window to return, it’s unlikely that you’d actually have to miss a reservation in order to ride.

    If you do, though (particularly if you get stuck in line for 90 minutes due to a breakdown, AHEM), it shouldn’t be an issue. Even apart from ROTR, historically DL will always honor reservations missed due to breakdowns or whatever. Just make sure you screenshot your BG so you can show someone what you had and I’m sure they’ll squeeze you in.
    I have 3 reservations on one of our DL days, too, and it's the only thing I'm worried about, tbh. I figure my Savi's reservation is the only non-flexible one (or cancellable without a penalty) as the other two are Oga's and Blue Bayou.
     

    Smrtalec33

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    I know people have said that they are understanding of reservations for Oga's and droid building and so on if you stop by and tell them you have a BG if there is a scheduling conflict... but what do you do about other reservations? I'm thinking Blue Bayou for example.
    We are planning on booking WOC dessert party too, but since that is a specific time not much to do about that.
    Anyone have any experience with other scheduling conflicts?
    We pulled group number 20 and had a plaza inn breakfast at 10:30. We went to the plaza inn around 930 and they took us pretty much right away. Cannot say whether this would have worked as well at a busier time.
     

    SOCALMouseMommy

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    I have 3 reservations on one of our DL days, too, and it's the only thing I'm worried about, tbh. I figure my Savi's reservation is the only non-flexible one (or cancellable without a penalty) as the other two are Oga's and Blue Bayou.
    They are not going to hassle you, even at Savi’s. The mood is very understanding and accommodating, particularly in Galaxy’s Edge but I suspect the same will be true for Blue Bayou. I would not stress about any of these things at all! I didn’t even tell Oga’s I was going to be late, showed up an hour after my reservation and they were 100% find me with it and I didn’t even have to wait.
     
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