Why Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the world's best attraction

January 1, 2024, 9:39 AM · Theme Park Insider readers once again have voted Disney's Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as the world's best theme park attraction. The ride at Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida once again topped the site's year-end reader survey, which determined the winners of today's Theme Park Insider Awards.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance won Theme Park Insider's Best New Attraction Award in 2020, following its 2019 debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and has held onto the Best Attraction honor in the Theme Park Insider Awards ever since.

Rise of the Resistance puts visitors in the middle of a Star Wars battle via multiple ride systems across multiple locations in Disney's Star Wars universe. Keep your head on a swivel while experiencing Rise, because action often takes place from multiple angles around you, encouraging and rewarding re-rides. Even with a few elements no longer working the way that they did at the ride's premiere, Rise overwhelms many first-time visitors with its scale and narrative intensity, including a jaw-dropping moment aboard a Galactic Starcruiser that brings visitors to s standstill.

Other attractions ranking highly among Theme Park Insider readers this year included:

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Replies (6)

January 1, 2024 at 10:59 AM

The ultimate marriage of narrative adventure, advanced technology, in-character ride ops, and immersive set pieces. This ride has it all. It’s easy to forget that you are still in a theme park while experiencing this attraction. I’ve only ridden once and was blown away (just not by the pulse cannons as they were, alas, apparently in B-mode; something i didn’t even know I was missing until I saw an on-ride POV video after the fact). If this is the level to which Disney and Universal will start to try and one-up each other then it’s never been a better time to be a theme park fan!

January 1, 2024 at 12:52 PM

January 1, 2024 at 5:22 PM

Having finally ridden on it at Disneyland, all the hype is worthy. Fantastic how it immerses you in the experience, so amazing and the twists and turns great. It's been a long time since a ride wowed me like this so little wonder it tops the list.

January 1, 2024 at 7:20 PM

I guess when it is working! I haven't made it past the hangar.

January 1, 2024 at 11:06 PM

Rise of the Resistance is in a tough spot for me where I consider it the world's best theme park attraction but not the world's best theme park ride. The reason for that is while the ride portion is still pretty good, there are pure dark rides that I feel are superior to the ride portion of Rise of the Resistance, and were it not for a lengthy build up through multiple pre-shows I've got a feeling the attraction wouldn't be nearly as regarded as it is.

January 2, 2024 at 11:26 AM

the first time i experienced was summer of 2020. i'm not a star wars person by any means but i was blown away by the whole experience. and that was when the cast members and actors were required to wear masks. i believe that first experience was the one and only time i've seen it in "A" mode. i've ridden it about 4 or 5 more times since then and each time, it's definitely not in A mode and is less and less exciting or interesting.

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