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    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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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—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.

To minimize your wait time without paying for Lighting Lane access, be near the front of the pack heading to this attraction when the park opens each morning. This may require arriving more than 60 minutes before park opening. Otherwise, try again in the evening; with no nighttime spectacular currently at the Studios, wait times decrease close to park closing.

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance when you visit on a day with a given Disney's Hollywood Studios Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Wait Times.

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