Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - What You Need to Know About This New Ride!

Rise of the Resistance

Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World is now complete.  The Rise of the Resistance attraction has officially opened and has been wowing guests since.  Unlike any other operating Disney attraction, there is much to know about this phenomenal new attraction to guarantee that you are able to experience it on your next trip to Batuu!

Virtual Queue

A formational sheets for guests before they enter the park.  Guests are required to reserve a spot in line via the My Disney Experience app.  You may only do this once you (and the other members of your boarding party) have scanned through the turnstiles at Hollywood Studios.  The app will give you your boarding group number — while waiting for your number to be called, you are free to walk through the park and experience other attractions.  There are several screens throughout the park with the current boarding grounds being boarded; additionally, guests can get this information through the app.  Once it is your turn to board, guests will receive a push notification that they can board — guests have two hours to make it to the attraction to board. 

On this writer’s recent visit, the virtual queue was full (and no more groups were being given out) by 8 AM.  I arrived at the parking lot at 4 AM and was held at the security stations until about 5:30 AM.  Hollywood Studios officially opened at 7 AM, but they began letting guests through the turnstiles around 6:20 AM.  Needless to say, this will be a very popular attraction for the foreseeable future, so plan accordingly.

Multiple Ride Systems

Rise of the Resistance Ride

Throughout the attraction, guests will climb aboard two different ride systems, as well as be directed to walk through various parts of the attraction.  This combination of ride systems helps the guest feel fully immersed in the attraction and experience.  Without spoiling anything, guests will enjoy the experience and will be completely gobsmacked with the sheer scope of the attraction.  While the attraction is being hyped as a thrill ride, parents of young children should take solace in the fact that the ride system isn’t any more intense than Flight of Passage and is even tamer than Star Tours. 

Trackless Ride Vehicles

This technology has been present in other Disney parks for years, but it has been slow to be adapted to the American parks.  The ride vehicles sense RFID transmitters in the floor and use them to navigate around the attraction.  The result is a much smoother ride experience — no jostling, bumps, or sudden stops.  The ride system is also slated to be used in the forthcoming attractions Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as well as the Ratatouille attraction at Epcot.

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