From the moment Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was announced way back in 2015 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, our eyes have been set on the opening of Rise of the Resistance - the much anticipated featured attraction of this new land.
And now that it is open, we can say with all honesty it was worth the wait.
But, much like with Flight of Passage opened up at Animal Kingdom, if you want to give this attraction a try on your next trip there's some things you'll want to know first.
Ready to learn more? Check out these 7 (spoiler free!) things you need to know about Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios.
You may feel some similarities
One of the most common questions we have received is "what attraction is Rise of the Resistance most comparable to?"
This is kind of tough to answer while staying spoiler free, but if you're familiar with the attractions of Disney World you'll notice certain elements are kind of similar to other favorites:
- Spinning and rapid movements similar to what you feel in Toy Story Mania
- Simulation experiences like that of Star Tours and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Small drop and lift like that of Tower of Terror
Motion sickness may be an issue
If you are the kind of person that struggles with motion sickness you may be worried about how you'll do on Rise of the Resistance.
And, honestly, we were too.
But, even though there is a LOT going on with this attraction (and we have had issues with motion sickness on all of the attractions that we find Rise of the Resistance to feel the most similar too), we didn't find that we had much trouble riding it. At all.
Our best guess as to why this attraction didn't cause us many issues is because even though this is a lengthy attraction, none of the elements last long enough to ignite that nasty motion sickness fire.
Just something to keep in mind if you've been on the fence out of fear of feeling ill.
The seats feel very inclusive
One of the most common complaints after Flight of Passage opened was the fact that the seats would not work with some body types.
People that were too tall or those with bigger calves or larger chests may have found themselves unable to ride.
But, the main ride vehicle for this attraction won't have that same problem.
The seats here are very similar to the style of the seat in DINOSAUR! with 4 people sitting in a row, each with their own seat belt.
This is a much easier set-up for people of all shapes and sizes.
The ride may use a virtual queue
Much like when Galaxy's Edge opened up, due to the popularity of this attraction, it may use a virtual queue system.
This is fantastic and makes touring Hollywood Studios so much easier, but only if you plan ahead and get into the park in time to snag one of the coveted spots in the queue.
Here's how it works:
- Using the My Disney Experience App, guests can join the queue as soon as they enter the park. The spots can go FAST, so we still recommend you arrive to the gates 90 minutes before it opens. And, no trying to cheat. You MUST be in the park in order to join the queue, and once the spots are gone, they are gone.
- Once you join the queue, you'll be assigned to a "Boarding Group"
- When it is time for your "Boarding Group" to take flight, you'll receive a push notification with a 2 hour return window.
- You can keep track of what Boarding Group is currently being allowed on via the app, which is handy, and that 2 hour return window means you have plenty of time to do other things (even venture outside the park!) while you wait.
N0 FastPasses, Single Rider Line, or access during Extra Magic Hours
Much like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Rise of the Resistance won't utilize the popular FastPass+ system.
If you want to ride, it is standby only for Smugglers Run and at least for now, the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance.
And, unlike Smugglers Run, Rise of the Resistance does not use Single Rider.
As for Extra Magic Hours, Disney has already said that Rise of the Resistance won't be included.
Will it be like this forever?
Probably not, but we also don't know when it will change. So for now, make sure you keep both of those things in mind when mapping out your plans.
There is a scare factor
If your child is tall enough to meet the 40" height requirement here, you may be wondering if they should ride.
Probably the best way to describe the "scare" factor is that it is Star Wars scary, but not roller coaster scary.
It is tough to describe in too much detail (because we want to stay spoiler free) but, if you are familiar with the Star Wars saga you know that some characters definitely bring a heightened level of intensity.
Plus there's definitely a lot of action whenever the characters of Star Wars are around, and those are both things you'll find on this attraction (even down to the Cast Members working there).
So, when it comes to deciding whether or not your child will be frightened, you'll have to make that call.
And honestly, as much as we hate spoiling things, if you have a child that you aren't sure is ready it might be worth it to look up ride videos on YouTube because having the ride spoiled is probably better than accidentally thinking your child would like it only to discover it was way more than you (or your child) anticipated.
Planning is more important than ever
Because of the popularity of Rise of the Resistance, if your goal is to ride it, planning is more important now than ever.
We will be testing touring plans over the upcoming days, but if you're heading to the parks soon, here's what we recommend:
- Arrive to the park at least 90 minutes early
- If the virtual queue is being used, snag a Boarding Group as soon as they open (typically right at park opening)
- While you wait for your spot to be called, follow one of our Hollywood Studios touring plans.
- When it is your turn, pop over and ride.
- When you are done, resume touring (if you haven't finished everything on your list), keeping in mind that you may have to adjust the remainder of your day (depending on when your ride time was and how long it took); flexibility is key.