After so much waiting, the grand opening day of Rise of the Resistance in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios is finally here!
We already shared with you our first impression of Rise of the Resistance yesterday (read both our spoiler-free and spoiler-alert versions here!) But we also know you’ve got A LOT of questions about this highly anticipated new attraction, so we’re here to answer them ALL!
Warning, though — there may be RIDE SPOILERS here so proceed with caution if you’re looking to be surprised!
What is Rise of the Resistance?
Rise of the Resistance is Disney’s “most epic” attraction to date. The ride just opened in Hollywood Studios while Disneyland’s version will open on January 17th, 2020. Rise of the Resistance will serve as the major headliner in the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disney parks, which previously only had just one ride — Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
Rise of the Resistance is one of the most ambitious undertakings we’ve ever seen from Disney, incorporating three unique ride sections and hundreds of animatronics, holograms, and special effects, all on an enormous scale!
Can I get a FastPass for Rise of the Resistance?
Currently, Rise of the Resistance isn’t offering FastPass at this time. However, Rise of the Resistance DOES have a FastPass queue and a standby queue. No word yet on when you’ll be able to make FastPass reservations for the attraction, but we’ll keep you updated!
Is there a single rider line?
While there IS a single rider line for Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Galaxy’s Edge, at this time Rise of the Resistance does NOT appear to offer single rider.
Is there a height limit?
You must be at least 40″ tall to ride.
Any other safety information I need to know?
Just the usual stuff! You must be in good health without any high blood pressure, heart, back, or neck issues to ride. Motion sickness or other conditions may occur if you have a sensitivity to rapid motion, sudden turns, abrupt stops, and a “swift drop!” Expectant mothers should not ride and children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a person aged 14 or older.
Be sure to ask a Cast Member if you have any concerns that aren’t listed.
What is the ECV and wheelchair accessibility situation?
Guests can use ECVs (scooters, essentially) and wheelchairs up until boarding the ride vehicle and then must transfer. If you’re unable to transfer from your ECV you can still enjoy the in-queue interactivity, initial capture, and scope out the Stormtroopers in the airlock hangar, but you’ll be required to take the last chance exit before boarding the actual “ride” portion.
Can I opt-out before the ride?
Like many Disney attractions, should you change your mind while waiting in the queue, you can “opt-out” any time before boarding the ride vehicle. This way, you can enjoy spending time with your traveling party waiting in line, but don’t have to partake in the actual ride experience should you choose not to.
And since the buckled-in, prisoner transport ride vehicle section happens so far into the experience, you can experience the hangar with all the Stormtroopers if you’d like to well before exiting!
Can I do a rider-switch/swap?
Yes. Should you be traveling with a small child or children who do not meet the safety requirements to ride (or simply don’t want to!), adults may “swap” places without waiting in line again. Ask a Cast Member at the entrance for more info.
Does Rise of the Resistance have an interactive queue?
Sort of. There are cargo bins to scan and Aurebesh to translate on the Play Disney Parks app from time to time in the queue.
Are there restrooms or water fountains in the queue?
Water fountains: yes!
But Cast Members do say that you can leave the queue to use the restroom and then return. Sounds kind of awkward and difficult though, so we’d recommend hitting up the restrooms before you get in line.
How long is Rise of the Resistance?
By our estimation, the duration of Rise of the Resistance is around 18-20 minutes long, with significant portions of the attraction being walkthrough areas and holding rooms.
Note however that if the ride is malfunctioning or there’s a backup in guests, your wait time to be sorted into your prisoner groups (after the transport is caught in the tractor beam and you’ve hung out with all those crazy stormtrooper dudes) can be LONG.
What is the ride vehicle capacity?
Each standard Rise of the Resistance ride vehicle accommodates 8 people in two rows of four — plus one R5 Astromech Droid who serves as your guide!
The seats were a similar shape and size to the ones you’d find on DINOSAUR in Animal Kingdom or Indiana Jones Adventure in Disneyland with seat belts for restraint. We had a good amount of legroom and even the floor space in front of us was enough to accommodate a large backpack.
Are there animatronics?
Yes! There are hundreds of animatronics, the vast majority of which are Stormtroopers, but you’ll see lots of other Star Wars characters as you make your harrowing escape!
Are there live actors?
We’ve received a lot of questions about if live actors are INSIDE the ride. We get it — many of the animatronics we’ve shown you are super life-like, but there are only a few parts in Rise of the Resistance where you’ll encounter live actors.
After you’ve been taken captive by the First Order, you’ll interact with Cast Members dressed like First Order Officers who will help you get loaded onto your prisoner transporter. But don’t worry, the officers aren’t scary or mean at all (think of the bellhops at Tower of Terror or the butlers in the Haunted Mansion!) And during the ride, some Resistance fighters will come to aid you in your escape (meaning, they’ll help load you into the ride vehicle!), but the rest of the characters you’ll see are all animatronic.
What is the “drop” like?
You are seated for the drop a la Tower of Terror-style, but the drop is significantly shorter. According to a Cast Member, it’s about 23 feet, but it felt less than that to us because it happened SO QUICKLY and only lasts barely a second!
If you’re not anticipating the drop (which happens towards the end of the ride when you enter the “escape pod”), it could catch you off guard. But the set-up is pretty obvious. Your vehicle clearly moves into the escape pod (it has a screen at the front like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run), and your vehicle is “locked in,” which is obvious. It’s big enough for a “tummy flip,” but it’s over so fast you’ll barely know it happened with everything else going on.
Will I be scared?
We found Rise of the Resistance to be very thrilling. If you think Pirates of the Caribbean is too thrilling, Rise of the Resistance is definitely more intense, but whether you’ll be scared or not really depends on what kind of stuff spooks you.
Some of us here at DFB aren’t big fans of drops, but none of us were too freaked out by the one on Rise of the Resistance. And while Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run can feel a bit claustrophobic at times, there weren’t very many parts during Rise of the Resistance where we felt “closed-in”. Even though there are some live actors, none of them jump out or sneak up on you.
Note that children or folks with sensory issues such as those who are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and frantic motion might not be able to ride Rise of the Resistance. You guys know yourselves and your kiddos better than we do, so use your best judgment and check out this post so you’ll know what to expect!
How bad is it if I’m sensitive to motion?
Most of Rise of the Resistance is walking, so although the attraction is quite long, there’s a good amount of time to stop and get your bearings. The “spinning” on the actual ride portion is similar to Magic Kingdom’s Buzz Lightyear’s Space Rangers Spin, only you have no control over the motion of your ride vehicle. We’ve definitely felt more queasiness after rides like Star Tours or even Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run then we did after riding Rise of the Resistance.
On scale of one to lightspeed, how fun was it?
Lightspeed, friends. Lightspeed!
If I’m not a diehard Star Wars fan, will I still enjoy it?
Yes, we think so! Because of how ambitious, immersive and exciting this new attraction is, we think you’ll find something you like about it — even if you’re only vaguely familiar with the new Star Wars movies!
Who knows, after riding it, you might become a diehard Star Wars fan after all!
If I only have time to ride either Smuggler’s Run or Rise of the Resistance, which one should I choose?
Rise all the way, BB-8! The two Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions couldn’t be more different, so don’t make the assumption you don’t need to ride Rise of the Resistance if you’ve already ridden Smuggler’s Run!
There’s a short part on Rise where you’re riding in a flight simulator, but that’s the only scene that’s remotely close to Smuggler’s Run — the rest is all VERY different! Of the 2, hands down this is our favorite!
Is Rise of the Resistance BETTER than Avatar: Flight of Passage?
We’ve been asking ourselves this question ever since stepping off Rise of the Resistance, and it’s a tough one! They’re hard to compare, but if we had to choose, we’d probably go with Rise! To us, the storyline takes us into the ride even deeper and there are a lot more components to Rise of the Resistance than Flight of Passage.
For us, riding Rise of the Resistance is like being inside one of the Star Wars films, and it doesn’t get much better than that! (Flight of Passage is still mega fun and awesome and go ride that too though! 😉 )
Will Rise of the Resistance be the same at Disneyland as it is in Disney World?
To the best of our knowledge at this time, yes! But we’ll be reporting live from Disneyland’s Rise of the Resistance on January 17th, 2020 and let you know if we spot any differences!
Still got questions about Rise of the Resistance? Tell us what you’d like to know in the comments below, and we’ll get you the answers!