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7 tips for Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios (spoiler free!)

7 tips for Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios (spoiler free!)

After its opening in December of 2019, Rise of the Resistance quickly became one of the hottest attractions in all of Walt Disney World.

And once you give it a try, you’ll understand why.

Ready to learn more? Check out these 7 (spoiler free!) tips 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?”

Rise of the Resistance entrance

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.

Rise of the Resistance queue

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.

Rise of the Resistance ride vehicle

This is a much easier set-up for people of all shapes and sizes.

Rise of the Resistance has a Lightning Lane and a Standby Line (but you can’t use Genie+ on it)

When Rise of the Resistance first opened up, your only option for riding it was by snagging a Boarding Group.

But now, Disney has rolled out its new Genie+ service as well as creating Individual Lightning Lane Selections, and that means you’ll now have several different ways to get a ride on this popular new attraction:

For most guests, there are 5 main ways that will allow you to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with the least amount of waiting:

  1. Pay to ride using an Individual Lightning Lane selection
  2. Ride during Early Theme Park Entry (onsite guests only)
  3. Ride right when the park opens
  4. Hop in line right before the park closes
  5. Ride during Extended Theme Park Hours (onsite Deluxe and Deluxe villa guests only)

    Although those 5 are the most common ways to skip the long waits at Rise of the Resistance, there are a few other ways that might apply for you:
  6. Ride using Disability Access Service (DAS)
  7. Ride while on a VIP tour
  8. Stay at the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser resort

  Learn how to ride Rise of the Resistance without waiting in long lines

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.

Height Requirement for Rise of the Resistance

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.

Rise of the Resistance queue

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.

The details are amazing

Disney really nailed it when it came to this attraction. From the moment you step into the queue you are immersed into the story.

It is tough to describe without going into too many details (and we definitely don’t want to spoil it), but we promise that you’ll be impressed with what you see.

Rise of the Resistance queue

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.

Make sure you understand how the Individual Lightning Lanes work (if you are planning to pay for that) or what your best option is for minimizing your waits (if you’d rather skip paying).

And, don’t forget that Rise of the Resistance is just one part of the entire immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, and there are more things to see and do (including Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run), so you’ll definitely want to allow some time in your day for checking it out.


Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I called MyDisneyExperience tech support last week regarding an issue I was having with the app. I asked about this ride and was told I need a reservation of some kind - dining or FP to Millenium Falcon in order to enter the Galaxy’s Edge section of Hollywood Studios. Is this correct? Is this correct? I’m hoping my party gets Fast Passes but I know they also want to walk around and see everything.

Shannon Albert

Friday 7th of February 2020

No, that's not true. It was only true on the first day the land was open last August.


Saturday 11th of January 2020

If I have a party of 6, can I book the virtual boarding pass from my Disney App for all 6.


Friday 10th of January 2020

Do they participate with the Disney disability plan for rides (for people who can not stand due to a medical disability)?


Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Can you enter the queue when you enter early for breakfast reservations? We have 8am Hollywood and Vine reservations and were hoping to get in a few minutes before, to sign up for Jedi training, like we did last time. Will we also be able to join the queue at that time?


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

We went on December 30 and arrived just in time to get in the park at 6am and we got boarding group 106 at 6:05am. They only guarantee boarding groups 1-120. I heard that by 6:09am they already had over 400 boarding groups. They were able to get up to 180 something that day. So I would suggest if you really want to ride this get there at opening time it is absolutely worth waking up at 4:30am!


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Last I heard Hollywood studios is opening up at 7am.

Diane Jones

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Did they change the timing of getting on the app for a boarding group? As in, the app does not open until the park opens? I heard that before, you could get on the app as soon as you got into the park, but they are (or have) changed it to no one can get on until opening time...

Can you clarify that for me? Going first week in February...

Thanks! D