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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 Disney’s longest attraction 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, 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 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 blackclad baddie Kylo Ren.

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 heart-stopping multistory plunge enhanced by digital projections. 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.

Touring Tips

We think Rise of the Resistance is the best ride Disney has produced in decades. It’s the most popular ride in the park, and the most complex ride Disney has ever made. That complexity makes it prone to breakdowns—daily, on average, and sometimes more than once.

Rise of the Resistance isn’t reliable enough to offer FastPass+, even when Disney offers FastPass+ elsewhere. Disney’s solution is something called boarding groups, which function like mandatory FastPass+ reservations without a specific return time. You obtain a boarding group for everyone in your party through the My Disney Experience (MDE) app at exactly 7 a.m. or exactly 1 p.m. on the day of your Studios visit. If you’re successful, you’ll get a boarding group number. Once you have a boarding group, MDE will tell you which boarding groups are currently eligible to ride (for example, “Groups 40 to 45 now boarding”) or give you a rough estimate of how long your wait will be to ride. If your phone is set up to receive alerts from MDE, you’ll also get one when your group is ready.

Here's a step-by-step guide showing how to get a Rise of the Resistance boarding pass

Disney is reasonably flexible if you’re doing something else, such as eating lunch, when your boarding group is called—showing up 30 minutes late shouldn’t be a problem unless the ride is about to close.

You and everyone in your group must have a park reservation for the Studios on the day you attempt to get a boarding group. That is, you can’t start at another park, hop to the Studios, and get a boarding group.

The good news is that you don’t have to be in the park (or even in Florida) to request a boarding group at 7 a.m. The bad news is that you must be in the Studios to request a boarding group at 1 p.m. Further, all boarding groups will be snapped up within a few seconds after 7 a.m. or 1 p.m., so there’s no room for delay or error. And that’s a problem because MDE, and the Wi-Fi at Hollywood Studios, are not completely reliable either.

We tested the network speed and reliability of Disney’s Wi-Fi in locations around Hollywood Studios, as well as via the T-Mobile cellular network, to see how fast we could connect to MDE servers. Disney’s Wi-Fi speeds were two to nine times faster than our cellular network.

However, Disney’s Wi-Fi was much less reliable than our cell service. The fastest, most reliable Wi-Fi spot seems to be in Animation Courtyard near the entrance to Disney Junior Play and Dance.

The fast but unreliable nature of Disney’s Wi-Fi means that you should, if possible, have as many people as possible try to obtain boarding groups for your entire party at 7 a.m. and at 2 p.m. If you’re in the park, half of you should be on Disney’s Wi-Fi, and half should be on your cellular network.

Many websites offer simple tests to check your internet speed. If you're at a Disney hotel that's built like a concrete bunker, such as Art of Animation, you'll find more reliable Wi-Fi and cell speeds by going outside and away from the buildings.

Even if you’re able to submit a boarding group request exactly at 7 a.m. or 1 p.m., the flood of requests from thousands of other people is enough to overwhelm the MDE computers. It’s common to have MDE respond with a message like “Oh no! Something went wrong!” to your request. By the time you’ve received the error and resent your request, all boarding groups are likely to be taken.

Disney’s implementation of boarding groups is essentially a lottery— some people win, and some people lose, through no fault of their own. And because the process fails for hundreds of people every morning, Disney is unlikely to do anything to make it up to you.

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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).

As of July, 2021, guests booking a VIP tour will have access to one ride on Rise of the Resistance without having to obtain a boarding group in advance.

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