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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 is the most popular ride in the park, but expect some operational issues, at least during its first few months of life. The drop at the end isn’t quite as intense as the one on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout— but don’t underestimate its ability to loosen your lunch.

Although this may change in the future, Disney has not yet operated a standby line for this attraction; instead, you must join a Boarding Group that will be "called" at a later time that day, when you are allowed to get into line and wait. This is analogous to a FastPass for an unknown time window. Use the official Disneyland app order to join a Boarding Group. Eventually you'll receive a push notification or see that your Boarding Group is "now boarding" via in-park status screens. When your group is boarding, head to the attraction, scan your ticket, and you will be granted access to the queue. Although it should be less than an hour, do not expect a short wait once you enter the queue. Also note that the fact that you're in a Boarding Group (especially those designated "Backup Boarding Groups") does not guarantee access to the attraction: operational issues or other factors may make it impossible for Disney to grant access to all Boarding Groups each day.

Currently Disney opens up boarding group reservations at 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. For the 7:00 a.m. opportunity, you can try for a boarding group no matter where you are located. You do not need to be in the park; all you need it a valid ticket and park reservation. Remember that to get a reservation in the 7:00 a.m. group you must have a valid reservation for Disneyland. If you have a park hopper with Disney California Adventure as your starting park, your only opportunity to obtain a boarding group will be at 12:00 p.m.

Keep in mind that you can't be holding boarding group reservations for Disneyland's Rise of the Resistance and Disney California Adventure's WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at the same time.

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