Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is unlike any other attraction at Walt Disney World. The ride is a Star Wars fan dream come true.
Leave it to Disney to create an attraction with multiple ride systems that takes guests on an adventure and battle against the First Order.
- Location: Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Height Requirement: 40 inches
- Description: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance puts guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
- When to Visit: Guests must receive a virtual boarding group to be able to ride. More on this below.
- Recommended: The attraction can be scary for little ones but highly recommend for everybody else, especially Star Wars fans.
- Tip(s): At this time, guests must have a boarding group (distributed electronically) in order to ride.
- Scheduled Refurbishment: None scheduled right now.
Everything You Need To Know About Rise Of The Resistance
You can find Rise of the Resistance in Galaxy’s Edge. It’s on your left when you enter through the Grand Avenue location. Here’s the location on the map.
Rider Switch & Single Rider
You can use Rider Switch for Rise of the Resistance, but everyone who intends to ride must join a boarding group first.
Rider Switch is Disney’s system that allows guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.
There isn’t a Single Rider Line available.
In order to ride Rise of the Resistance, you must join a virtual queue to get a boarding group.
There are two times for guests to join the queue. The first boarding group drop is at 7 a.m. This early morning time allows guests to do it right from the comfort of their hotel room or home. In order to do so, guests must have a valid ticket or annual pass and a park reservation.
The second drop is at 1 p.m. If you want to try to get a boarding group in the afternoon, you have to be inside Hollywood Studios to do so.
And when it comes to park hopping, guests park hopping from another park to Hollywood Studios are not allowed to join the virtual queue.
There’s a lot to know when it comes to snagging a boarding group, so be sure to read our Rise of the Resistance virtual queue guide.
Rise of the Resistance opened on Dec. 5, 2019 after Galaxy’s Edge and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
The land officially welcomed guests on Aug. 29, 2019. Actually, and as stated by the Disney Parks Blog, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park.” It’s 14 acres!
Rise of the Resistance is unlike any other attraction you’ve been on at Walt Disney World.
First, you join the Resistance, then you are captured by a First Order Star Destroyer, and finally you try to escape Kylo Ren and the First Order. It’s like you’re starring in a short film and it’s quite amazing.
Even before the ride opened, Disney described it as “one of the most ambitious, advanced, and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.” It’s also one of the largest attractions Disney has ever created.
The queue for Rise of the Resistance is quite lengthy, so be prepared to walk. That said, it’s super immersive and filled with many details.
Keep in mind that the line is both outside and inside, but the majority of it the queue is indoors.
The trackless ride vehicle for Rise of the Resistance goes backwards and forwards. Plus, there are short simulator segments, along with moments of spinning. We have a guide on motion sickness that’s filled with information and tips.
Even though this attraction features multiple experiences in one, there is only one ride vehicle that’s trackless. It can fit a total of 8 guests with four in each row. There is also a safety belt for each guest riding.
Is It Kid-Friendly?
Rise of the Resistance can be scary at times for kids, including the interactions with Kylo Ren, stormtroopers, the First Order, and several other moments. At one point, the ride vehicle even drops.
We have a full guide on several other things that might scare little ones at WDW.
Your photo isn’t taken on Rise of the Resistance.
Watching a ride-through video of Rise of the Resistance doesn’t compare to the real-life experience, but if you want an idea of what the ride is like, here you go. Also, don’t watch if you want to avoid ride spoilers.
Other Fun Details
- Easter Eggs: There are a lot of Easter Eggs throughout both the attraction and the land, but one in particular is that the anti-aircraft turret at the ride entrance is similar to the one used by the Rebel Alliance on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. There’s even a Hidden Mickey you can spot from the ride vehicle before you face Kylo Ren, so keep those eyes peeled.
- Play Disney Parks: Yes. This free mobile app is only available for select attractions and allows guests to pass the time as they play games, trivia, and earn achievements along the way.
- Movie Connections: Rise of the Resistance is inspired by the Star Wars franchise.