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    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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This attraction is NOT YET OPEN!
It is expected to open on January 17, 2020.

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A mobile Resistance gun turret tucked into a scrubland forest marks the entrance to the most epic indoor dark ride in Disney theme park history. Rise of the Resistance is an innovative attempt to integrate at least four different ride experiences—including trackless vehicles, a motion simulator, walk-through environments, and even an elevator drop—into Disney’s longest attraction ever.

The adventure begins as you are exploring the Resistance military outpost that has been laser-carved out of ancient stone. An animatronic BB-8 rolls in, accompanied by a hologram of Rey (Daisy Ridley), who recruits you to strike a blow against the First Order. Fifty guests at a time exit the briefing room to board a standing-room-only shuttlecraft piloted by Nien Nunb from Return of the Jedi; you can feel the rumble as the ship breaks orbit and see Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac) accompanying you in his X-wing, until a Star Destroyer snags you in its tractor beam and sucks you into its belly.

When the doors to your shuttlecraft reopen, you’ve been convincingly transported into an enormous hangar, complete with 50 Stormtroopers, TIE Fighters, and a 100-foot-wide bay window looking into outer space. Cast members clad as First Order officers brusquely herd captive guests into holding rooms to await their interrogation by helmet-headed baddie Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Before long, you’re making a break for it in an eight-passenger (two four-seat rows) troop transport with an animatronic astromech droid as your driver; the car is capable of traveling without a fixed track (like Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters) and simulating movement. The ride blends dozens of robotic characters and enormous sets with video projections to create some of the most overwhelming environments ever seen in an indoor ride. One sequence sends you in between the legs of two towering AT-ATs while dodging laser fire from legions of Stormtroopers, while another puts you face-to-face with the Solo-slaying Ren. In the epic finale (spoiler alert), you’ll survive an escape pod’s dramatic crash back to Batuu, a heart-stopping multistory plunge enhanced by digital projections.

Touring Tips

Rise of the Resistance was not open at press time but is scheduled to debut before the end of 2019. We expect it to become the second most popular ride in the park, right behind Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. If it’s operating, make it your first destination of the day, or your very last. The drop at the end isn’t quite as intense as Mission: Breakout! at DCA, but don’t underestimate it’s ability to loosen your lunch.

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