(UPDATED 8/2/19): We’re going to share with you everything you need to know about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride, which is being billed as the most ambitious, most epic attraction ever to come to a theme park. We’re going to share all the details about this amazing ride including: ride vehicle, a walk-through of the attraction, capacity, and length (we’re hearing close to a 28-minute experience!)
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Overview:
- Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
- Status: Opening December 5, 2019 (Disney World); January 17, 2019 (Disneyland)
- Ride Type: Simulator, Trackless
- Thrill Level: Medium
- FastPass: Yes (eventually)
- Ride Length: 20+ Minutes
- Height Requirement: 40 inches
- Capacity: TBD
What is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance?
The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction coming to Galaxy’s Edge is already the attraction I’m most looking forward to that’s coming to Disney World in 2019, but after hearing the latest details about it, it has me over-the-edge excited!! Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is going to be so immersive that it will be a more than 20-minute long experience from start to finish!
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is on a scale like nothing else you’ve ever seen in a theme park attraction. It’s rumored to have 18 show areas and 5 ride system types in all bringing guests through the biggest attraction show building they’ve ever created.
To give you an idea though about how detailed this interior is going to be, reportedly there will be 305 state-of-the-art animatronic figures, including the aforementioned Droids, with 100 of the figures being Stormtroopers. That would put it on par with “It’s a Small World” for one of the attractions with the most amount of animatronics ever.
This of course is just one of the 2 attractions in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The other is called Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. Here guests will step onboard the iconic Millennium Falcon and take control of the ship, actually flying it and working together as a team to complete the mission given.
You can read more details about the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run here and how guests will actually board the space ship after seeing the full-sized one outside.
There are conflicting reports on the exact ride length of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, but one thing is for sure…this thing is long!
According to Alicia Stella of Theme Park Stop the actual ride-time of the Rise of the Resistance attraction is going to be 4 1/2 minutes, but the experience itself is going to be so grand that it will take a full 28 minutes to get through it all! This is music to my ears and seeing that the line to get on this thing could be in the 6+ range when it first opens, it will feel more rewarding with the experience being this long!
Since those comments Disney Imagineers have come out and said that it won’t be quite 28 minutes long as we previously thought, but they left it open where the actual number probably isn’t quite so far off from that. It’s for sure in the 20+ minute range. We’ll update you as soon as the actual time comes out.
At this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago we got a sneak peak at the ride vehicle for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance!
Guests were allowed to get inside the vehicle and try it out for themselves.
It’s 2 rows of 4 people for a total of 8 passengers. It even has a droid in the front who will be your guide throughout the adventure:
It uses trackless technology like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which means that the vehicle doesn’t have a visible path it will take, making it much more unpredictable. Expect lots of unexpected twists and turns with the potential of a different experience every time you ride it.
The main ride vehicle will be based on the trackless system similar to the Ratatouille attraction in Disneyland Paris and like what’s coming to Epcot. I’ve been in this ride vehicle and I can say it really adds a lot to the ride experience because there is no track and therefore you can’t prepare yourself for what’s coming next. That means more surprises and more re-rideability for everyone.
We got a preview of the model back at D23 Expo 2017, but now we can see exactly how the ride vehicle for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is going to be inside the attraction in Disneyland:
The ride vehicle is practically identical to the model from D23 Expo, just a bit darker:
Rise of the Resistance has a height requirement of 40 inches, which means your smaller family members won’t be able to ride. This is the same height requirement you find on other Disney attractions like: Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Soarin’ and Test Track.
That means Rise of the Resistance is going to be a pretty intense ride and not something you want to do if you have severe health problems. I don’t think it’ll be anything too severe, but it must be just intense enough that not all guests will be able to handle it.
How Scary Rise of the Resistance Ride?
I wouldn’t say it’s going to be as scary as Expedition Everest or Tower of Terror, but you should be prepared for loud blasts, explosions, and intense battle scenes.
Something else to keep in mind is a “drop” that brings you back down to Batuu from the star destroyer. Now I don’t think it’s going to be a huge drop, but I could see it being a solid 20-30 feet which isn’t small. Keep this all in mind when bringing little kids who frighten easily or big adults who do the same. 😉
The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride is HUGE and it’s going to be like 4 attractions built into 1 with guests boarding various ride vehicles, transports, and even walking the halls of a Star Destroyer as a prisoner.
We going to give you a walkthrough of the Rise of the Resistance Ride and share as many details with you as we know so far. Just as a warning, the below description is quite detailed so if you don’t want to know anything and would rather be surprised when visiting Galaxy’s Edge yourself, now is the time to back out.
Ok, everyone ready? Let’s start with the ride queue:
Everything starts outside the the giant show building on the planet of Batuu where Galaxy’s Edge is based and a Resistance outpost. Of course the Resistance is going to have an encounter with the First Order and that’s where you step in. Here outside the attraction is where your journey will begin.
In the model you can see the layout for how everything will be.
The backstory for Galaxy’s Edge is that the Resistance have built a new base on the remote planet of Batuu by carving out a cavern which is thousands of years old with lasers, to form their new base. It’s located just on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost giving it natural camouflage so as not to be discovered easily by First Order Troops.
To enter the queue you pass through the turret station outside:
Rise of the resistance will have a FastPass system and a single rider option, though it doesn’t look like FastPass will be available immediately at the ride’s opening. It is something that Disney will have for this ride eventually because as you can see in the model above, a FastPass scanner is set up and the line is divided.
In our visit to Galaxy’s Edge we got to see the real turnstiles, but they were guarded and no one allowed through:
Once you pass through the turnstiles your journey begins and the attraction queue winds in and out of the cavern, taking you deeper and deeper inside. You’ll walk past an X-Wing and an A-Wing on your way into cavern.
There you find weapons rooms, and other connections back to Black Spire Outpost. In fact all of Galaxy’s Edge will be filled with secrets and Easter eggs to explore, many of which could bring you on other missions throughout the land.
The new Play Disney Parks app is going to interact with Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in both of the attraction queues. By playing you’ll learn more about the attractions which will help you to complete your mission and win credits. You can then spend those credits later on in Galaxy’s Edge.
Towards the end of the queue, the FastPass+ and Standby lines merge together into groups of 45-55 people and are gathered in rooms. This is where the mission briefing gets underway and a BB-8-looking animatronic droid appears who briefs you and brings you to the next room where a hologram of Rey appears.
It’s also been confirmed that Rey, Finn, Poe and other characters from the new series are going to be playing a big part in this attraction. Once the briefing is over you leave you board a shuttle where Poe Dameron then escorts you on your mission in his X-Wing.
The shuttle is this one that we saw at the Galaxy’s Edge model in Hollywood Studios:
And here is what it looks like life-sized:
Once you enter the shuttle you see a Nien Nunb animatronic figure is waiting at the wheel to take you to your mission. The only problem is that the shuttle gets intercepted by a First Order Star Destroyer and the shuttle gets sucked into its bay with a tractor beam.
The amazing part though is how realistic all of this is. The shuttle will simulate space travel and be very convincing to make you feel like you are traveling through space. In fact, a cool trick is used by Disney Imagineers to simulate the realism of the attraction where guests exit the shuttle which brought them onboard the Star Destroyer, and then re-enter a a repeat door which puts them out right in the middle of the intimidating and massive Star Destroyer hanger.
The way this is done is by using a trick achieved through the use of a giant turntable, which unknowingly to guests slowly rotates the pre-show space shuttle vehicle. Looking back on early construction photos of the Rise of the Resistance attraction, that looks like the mechanism which will make this trick possible.
Once you enter the Star Destroyer hanger is where things really start to get crazy! The scale of everything in this room is INSANE and bigger than anything every seen in a Disney ride. The room is filled with 50 stormtroopers, and even a TIE Fighter. Disney makes this all possible using screen technology, and a giant screen over 100 feet long.
Guests are escorted off the shuttle and you have to walk through the Star Destroyer to detention blocks like in “A New Hope.” It will be interesting to see how Disney plans to pull this off and get people up and moving in a fast and orderly fashion.
At some point while waiting in your detention cells, The Resistance mounts an assault on the Star Destroyer to break you out and more madness ensues. Guests will take part in the battle against the First Order with other Resistance troops who come to save you, and that’s where the ride vehicle we showed you before comes in.
Here are the ride floor prints for Rise of the Resistance. There are going to be 2 floors, and these are the plans for Floor 1:
All of this will be done in your ride vehicle that we showed you earlier. You can read our more detailed post on the Rise of the Resistance ride layout which goes further in-depth.
You’ll board your ride vehicles, and ride through the halls looking to escape. Each vehicle holds 8 people and you’ll be traveling through the star destroyer 2 vehicles at a time, yours and right along side another one. Along the way you’ll run into a whole bunch of stormtroopers through which you’ll have to fight your way out!
Disney hasn’t explained yet how guests will take part in the battle, but there will be some sort of interactivity where you have to participate in order to escape.
One of the coolest scenes in the whole Rise of the Resistance ride though is when you make it into the room Disney has built holding 2 giant AT-AT walkers! When they find you trying to escape, they open fire on you. It looks so amazing! Here is the model from Hollywood Studios:
Just how big are they? Look at these cool shots from inside the Rise of the Resistance attraction, taken back when the construction was in the early stages:
They show the giant AT-AT walkers that will be greeting guests trying to escape!
At some point, or various points in the attraction you will actually have an encounter with Kylo Ren. In fact it’s rumored that Kylo will make multiple appearances throughout the ride. It looks like the first encounter with Kylo happens in Room #4, and then probably again at the end.
in the room with the AT-ATs the two trackless vehicles become separated, and each goes up a separate elevator shaft on opposite sides of the room, where you are transferred up 40 feet into the second floor of the attraction building.
On the second floor there is a gun room, and lots of winding halls that will no doubt be filled with bad guys. At the end of the hall you reach the Escape Pods which you will enter and then use to fly back down to Batuu.
This might be the most thrilling part of the ride as Disney has said there will be a “drop” here while the escape pods fly back down. That leads to wonder, just what will this “drop” be like? Obviously it has to do with the return descent, but there is no word yet on how high the drop will be.
Disney released this video about the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride which shows some of the climatic scenes from the attraction:
Rise of the Resistance isn’t like going on It’s a Small World, that’s for sure. It is an intense ride with very realistic battle scenes with laser fire, explosions and loud noises. There’s also a “drop” during the ride but we don’t know how high it is yet.
Riders for this attraction must be at least 40 inches tall and not have any serious medical issues.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not currently open so we haven’t had a chance to review this attraction yet. Once it opens we will have a full review ready for you!
Unfortunately the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance ride is NOT opening with the grand opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on May 31, nor on August 29 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That is being called “Phase 1.”
Instead Rise of the Resistance opens during the “Phase 2” part of Galaxy’s Edge. Disney has just announced the opening dates for Rise of the Resistance:
Disney World: December 5, 2019
Disneyland: January 17, 2019
To know more about the Rise of the Resistance ride opening date, read our full article on it where we explain it in greater detail.
Also for more info on Star Wars Land in general, read our Complete Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for a detailed look at the attractions, dining, planning and touring strategies.
Latest Rise of the Resistance News:
Here are the latest news items about the Rise of the Resistance ride in Galaxy’s Edge:
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