However, nabbing a desirable boarding group via the internet is neither easy nor guaranteed. In fact, for this high-demand attraction, boarding groups are being snatched up in seconds, so if you rely only on the free virtual queue system, you run the danger of missing out on your chance to ride.

Guests with a reservation at Epcot on the day in question can join the virtual line through the My Disney Experience app at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Guests may join the virtual line from 7 a.m. anywhere, but must have visited Epcot by 1 p.m. to participate in the 1 p.m.-hour virtual queue. You can only secure a boarding group when the clock strikes 7 a.m., or 1 p.m., as all of the remaining virtual queue places are quickly taken up within seconds after that time limit expires

It may take some time in the real line, but not as much time as you might think. Snagging a place in the virtual queue does not guarantee that you will not wait in the physical line — but waiting for Cosmic Rewind is no hardship. Once you’ve joined the standby line via the virtual queue, your return date is guaranteed. While it varies, most people wait around 15 to 30 minutes before reaching the standby line.