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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (facts & Individual Lightning Lane details)

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (facts & Individual Lightning Lane details)

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.

Here are also some spoiler-free tips for Rise of the Resistance.

Quick Facts

  • 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: First hour
  • Recommended: The attraction can be scary for little ones but highly recommend for everybody else, especially Star Wars fans.
  • Tip(s): There are several ways to ride Rise of the Resistance without long waits.
  • Genie+, Individual Lightning Lane Selection, or Virtual Queue: You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane selection. The former virtual queue is currently paused. Genie+ is not available here.
  • Scheduled Refurbishments
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Everything You Need To Know About Rise Of The Resistance

Location

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.

rise of the resistance map location

Height Requirement

The height requirement for Rise of the Resistance is 40 inches. We also have guides on other WDW thrill rides and height requirements for attractions at other theme parks and water parks.

Rider Switch & Single Rider

You can use Rider Switch for Rise of the Resistance.

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.

Virtual Queue (paused September 2021)

In September 2021, Disney announced that the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance would be paused beginning September 23, 2021.

At the time, Disney stated that the virtual queue may return “from time to time.” Read more about how the virtual queue worked for Rise of the Resistance.

The popular ride at Hollywood Studios now offers both a traditional Standby Line and an Individual Lightning Lane purchase option.

Individual Lightning Lane selections are not included with Disney Genie+ (the new paid FastPass service at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland). These are sold separately and are pay-per-use.

Pricing for paid individual Lightning Lane options varies by date, attraction, and park.

Learn how to book an Individual Lightning Lane pass for Rise of the Resistance (and other attractions).

History

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!

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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.

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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.

Queue

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.

rise of the resistance queue

Keep in mind that the line is both outside and inside, but the majority of it the queue is indoors.

There is an interactive queue that guests can enjoy courtesy of the Play Disney Parks app. Make sure your datapad (smart device) is charged and ready to go!

rise of the resistance queue

Motion Sickness

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.

Ride Vehicles

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.

Rise of the Resistance ride vehicle

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.

PhotoPass/On-Ride Photos

Your photo isn’t taken on Rise of the Resistance.

If you want more information on this, be sure to check out our PhotoPass and how Memory Maker works guides.

Video

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.
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