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.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
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.
Rise of the Resistance starts with you, and about 20 of your closest friends gathering 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.
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?
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 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 hangar with rows and rows of nervous stormtroopers watching your every move.
Then, you are marched into the detention block and 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.
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.
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.
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)
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 this adventure could aggravate. 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.
Rise of the Resistance is located in the front part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or, 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 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.