Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – BEST. RIDE. EVER.

I am a BIG Star Wars fan. Always have been since my senior year in high school when Star Wars came out. So I was really, really excited and a little wary to try Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (RoR). You never know with a new ride whether it will meet with expectations or not and I had really high expectations for Rise of the Resistance.

 

When you think of a Star Wars ride, what would you want in it? How about Rey, Finn, Po, Kylo, Hux, BB-8, a space battle, Storm Troopers, excitement, scares, destruction, escape, and of course, the good guys win. It’s all there.

 

This just might be the BEST. RIDE. EVER.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

You run into AT - AT's during Rise of the Resistance

Where have I seen those? – photo by Cliff Wang

Disney has said for years that RoR is the biggest, most impressive, technologically challenging, ride they have ever created. I can’t argue with that. It is IMPRESSIVE and technological challenging (it breaks down a lot), and is the longest thrill ride they’ve ever created by a whole bunch.

 

In fact, it’s not just one ride, but two, plus a short show to get things started.

The Mission

Rey in a hologram telling you your mission in the beginning of Rise of the Resistance

Rey’s hologram is the coolest thing ever – photo by Courtney Reynolds

Rise of the Resistance starts with you and about 20 of your closest friends gather in a chamber in the middle of Batuu and are assigned a secret mission by Rey who appears in the coolest hologram display ever seen outside of a movie. BB-8 rolls around and makes the appropriate beeps. Poe, Finn, and the whole gang are all set to help with this mission.

 

I did the ride twice and I don’t remember what the mission was, but that’s not the point. You are a Resistance spy on a secret mission.

The Transport

The bridge of the transport of Rise of the Resistance

Getting the transport ready for takeoff – photo by Courtney Reynolds

Your mission starts when you walk by Poe’s X-Wing to board a transport ship to start your mission. Once everyone boards, the transport takes off and you’re on the way. Poe and his fighters are escorting you. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Of course, everything does.

 

You watch the takeoff from Batuu. You start to jump to lightspeed when a Star Destroyer shows up and the transport ship starts taking a beating. After a few minutes of trying to escape. you get tractor-beamed into the hanger of a Star Destroyer.

The Star Destroyer

The Storm Troopers in the Hanger bay at Rise of the Resistance

This room is just eerie – photo by Rich Ramos

The bulk of the attraction takes place inside of a Star Destroyer. The transport ship docks on the deck of the Destroyer where you are taken prisoner by the First Order. You step off the transport into a hanger with rows and rows of nervous Storm Troopers watching your every move.

 

Then you are marched into the detention block where you are put in a cell to await your interrogation. Kylo Ren and General Hux show up and your interrogation starts. After a few minutes you are loaded on a transport where you will be taken for questioning by Kylo Ren himself.

 

I don’t want to ruin the rest for you, but let’s just say mayhem ensues and it involves Finn in Storm Trooper gear.

 

It all ends with you escaping and the Star Destroyer blowing up. The good guys win.

 

PS. If you just watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker you’ll feel something is eerily familiar.

Post Show

Kylo Ren chases you all around Rise of the Resistance

Can you escape from Kylo Ren? Only the Force knows – photo by Rich Ramos

Like Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, there really isn’t a post show. You get off the ship and walk back into Batuu. No gift shop.

 

I like it.

Boarding Groups

The trackless vehicles for Rise of the Resistance

The trackless vehicles are really interesting – photo by Cliff Wang

FastPass+ is not available for Rise of the Resistance and won’t be any time soon. Currently Disney is employing a crowd control tactic called Boarding Groups. Everyone who rides the ride during the day must have a Boarding Group.

 

Boarding Groups are a special form of FastPass, but you can’t make reservations in advance.

 

Once Disney’s Hollywood Studios officially opens (Extra Magic Hours don’t count), you open your My Disney Experience app and right on top there is a button for joining a Boarding Group. If the button is grayed out, all the Boarding Groups are gone for the day. Push the button and get started. If you are traveling with a group make sure they are all in your friends and family before getting to the park. Everyone in the group has to be ticket scanned into the park.

 

When it comes time for your Boarding Group you will get a message from the app and have 2 hours to present yourself at the ride to board. There are times when the ride breaks down and not all the Boarding Groups get called. If that happens Disney will work to get you on RoR the next day.

Crowds

Disney controls the lines with Boarding Groups so crowds and lines aren’t bad unless the ride breaks down (which it does a lot). If there weren’t any Boarding Groups lines would be epic. This is not a ride that takes a lot of people per hour.

 

NOTE: Since Rise of the Resistance opened on December 5th (it’s late January when I write this), Disney’s Hollywood Studios has opened at 7 am or earlier every day and is scheduled to open before the normal 9 am until March 1st. Disney has changed hours a at Hollywood Studios several times since the ride opened. There is a HUGE crush to get into the park when it first opens, typically around 6:30. Everyone wants to a Boarding Group number.

Fun Facts

Here are some Fun Facts about Rise of the Resistance:

  • At 18 minutes RoR is one of the longest attraction experiences ever
  • Scenes for the attraction were shot during the filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • The attraction takes place between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker
  • There are 50 Storm Troopers in the hanger bay (their heads move)

History

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 5th, 2019. It opened at Disneyland on January 17th.

The Fine Print

Here are the restrictions for RoR from Disney’s Website:

  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Persons who do not meet the minimum height requirement of 40 inches (102 cm) may not ride.

WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

*I suffer from pretty bad motion sickness and had no problems at all on Rise of the Resistance. It’s pretty gentle for a thrill ride.

Location

Rise of the Resistance is located in the front part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge of if you prefer, Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s pretty much the first thing you come to after the entrance. It’s on the right. There isn’t a lot of signage so you might have to ask someone.

Dad’s Galaxy’s Edge page

Dad’s Bottom Line

Rise of the Resistance is my new favorite ride at Walt Disney World. I mean that. I loved it. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is AWESOME, but this is a whole new level. EIGHTEEN minutes of INCREDIBLE.

 

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