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    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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Description And Comments

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— trackless vehicles, a motion simulator, walk-through environments, and even an elevator drop—into one of Disney’s longest attractions ever.

The adventure begins as you explore the Resistance military outpost, 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; as the ship breaks orbit, you can feel the rumble and see Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) 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 black-clad 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 droid as your driver; the car is capable of traveling without a fixed track 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, you’ll survive an escape pod’s dramatic crash back to Batuu, a heartstopping 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 for the time being. The drop at the end isn’t quite as intense as the one on the Tower of Terror — 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 or FastPass+ 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 same-day FastPass+ for an unknown time window. Use the My Disney Experience app or consult a Guest Experience Cast Member in 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.

Boarding Groups are first available beginning at 7 AM, but only for those that already have a park reservation for Disney's Hollywood Studios on that day. Boarding Groups can be obtained from anywhere near Disney World, however, so there is not a need to be at the park that early. The downside is that it requires some early rising, but it does allow guests to arrive at the parks a little later (which we at TouringPlans do not recommend) or switch their park reservation, if available, should they not get a Boarding Group. If you do get a Boarding Group, we still advise that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the park opens to ride Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway or Slinky Dog Dash before the crowds build.

If you fail to join a Boarding Group at 7 AM, a second opportunity starts at 1 PM; guests must have entered Hollywood Studios to join a Boarding Group in the afternoon. Note that at both the 7 AM and 1 PM release times that Boarding Groups usually "sell out" in a matter of seconds, so it is important that you pay attention to the time and tap quickly once 7 AM or 1 PM hits. Be warned that not everyone who wants to experience Rise of the Resistance will succeed in joining a Boarding Group. Also note that if you're park hopping you'll be unable to join the 1 PM boarding group.

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Special Comments

  • We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
  • This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 40 inches.
  • This attraction may be frightening for children.
  • This attraction is climate-controlled (has air conditioning and heat).

Operational Notes

Social distancing markers have been placed in the queue. Plexiglass was added to separate the front and back rows of the ride vehicle.

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