We are less than one week now from the long-anticipated opening of the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride inside Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios. To officially send off the Hype Train from the station, Disney today released a fresh look from inside the ride and its queue, including some new on-ride video.
I will be in Orlando for the ride's grand opening on Wednesday night, in advance of its anticipated opening to the public on Thursday. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel for our on-ride video and interviews next week, as well as coverage of the opening ceremony. Oh, and expect a few surprises along the way, too. (I also will be covering Epcot's Festival of the Holidays, which opened today.)
Disney invited me to walk through part of the Rise of the Resistance last summer, and I expect this new ride to be the highlight of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land. (Stop reading now if you want to avoid spoilers.) The adventure begins in the Resistance camp on the edge of the Black Spire Outpost, on the Galaxy's Edge planet of Batuu. Passing a gun turret at the queue entrance, you will wind through the Resistance base, eventually making your way into a briefing room where an animatronic BB8 and a "holo-transmission" of Rey will welcome you to the Resistance and tell you about the plan to meet General Leia Organa at another Resistance base — one that must be kept secret from the First Order.
From there, your group walks past Poe Dameron's Black One X-wing to board an Intersystem Transport Ship to meet General Organa. Piloted by Nien Nunb, the I-TS gets caught in a First Order Star Destroyer's tractor beam, and you are brought into the ship's hangar bay — a jaw-dropping practical set piece filled with 50 stormtroopers and a docked TIE fighter. That's where you will try to make your escape via eight-passenger First Order Fleet Transports piloted by reprogrammed R5-series astromech droids.
The trackless ride vehicles carry you through additional practical sets, where Disney promises encounters with Kylo Ren and General Hux, as well as full-sized AT-AT walkers, turbolaser cannons, and the Star Destroyer's bridge.
Eventually, you make it to an escape pod, which launches from the Star Destroyer, transporting you back to Batuu.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance comprises four ride systems: the IT-S transport, the trackless First Order Fleet Transports, a motion base that the transport vehicle drives onto as it enters the escape pod, and a drop shaft that creates the effect of dropping from the Star Destroyer. The last three ride systems all work together, as you remain seated within the transport vehicle during each of those sequences.
That makes Rise of the Resistance one of the more, if not the most, technically complex theme attraction systems ever developed. Needless to say, I cannot wait to see how it all comes together... and to share that experience with all of you here on Theme Park Insider.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens officially next Thursday, December 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and on January 17, 2020 at Disneyland in California.Tweet
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