Ready to escape from the First Order? Equip yourself with these Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance trivia facts and set a course for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
One of the coolest additions to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in recent years is undoubtedly Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This immersive ride is a true accomplishment by Walt Disney Imagineering in scale and design. Set amid the war against the First Order, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance engrosses you in the intergalactic action as you join the Resistance and have to escape from inside a massive Star Destroyer.
This attraction surrounds you with so much spectacle that it’s impossible to notice all the details. Here are some Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance facts to prepare you for your next visit to Galaxy’s Edge.
You’re Part of the Universe
The Star Wars universe isn’t in a galaxy far, far away anymore — it’s right in front of you! The ride’s events take place right after the Battle of Crait, which occurred after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The First Order is hot on your heels, and characters from the movie are present to help you escape.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance isn’t a one-off, isolated story from the rest of the franchise’s episodes. The attraction’s multimedia components were created through a special collaboration with Lucasfilm, which allowed actors from the movies to reprise their roles. That technically makes this new footage canon to the Star Wars timeline, and you’re now a character in your favorite science-fiction series!
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the resort’s most technologically advanced attractions ever. This groundbreaking extravaganza is a trackless dark ride that also utilizes walk-through sections, motion simulation, rotating rooms, and even a drop shaft! Force fanatics are sure to geek out over the realistic sets and props seamlessly merged with projection mapping and screen-based media on OLED displays.
The First Order Fleet Transport you ride during your adventure is a rechargeable vehicle that uses RFID tracking technology for positioning. And let’s not forget about the 60+ different Audio-Animatronics!
We don’t want to spoil all the technological magic tricks, so let me just say that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a 360-degree spectacle that will make you forget you’re still on Earth – and not in a galaxy far, far away.
You’ll Need to Be 40″ to Ride
While not a roller coaster, the ride does feature twists, turns, and even a small drop. With that in mind, you’ll want to note that all members of your party need to be 40″ to ride.
Have a younger kid that fits the height requirement, but you aren’t sure if it’s suitable for them? Rise of the Resistance features loud noises, sudden backward movements, a sudden lift and drop, and an explosion. While the trackless ride makes for a smooth ridethrough, these are all things you’ll want to keep in mind when deciding whether your children are old enough to experience Rise of the Resistance.
It Isn’t a Short Ride
Even if you have to wait a while to board Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the ride is definitely worth the wait. This isn’t some two-minute ride that’s practically over by the time you board. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has one of the longest attractions experiences you’ll find at any Disney park in Orlando — a full 18 minutes!
How does that compare to other rides? To give you some perspective, Star Tours is only five minutes long, and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is just under five minutes as well. That means you could experience both of those other Star Wars rides twice over in the same amount of time you’ll spend on the ride. That’s definitely getting your money’s worth!
Recreate Your Adventure at Home
Thanks to the wonder of merchandising, you can recreate the events of your ride at home. An exclusive Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance playset is available nearby at First Order Cargo within Galaxy’s Edge and includes a replica First Order Short-Range Evacuation Vehicle — just like the one you rode in!
This miniature version –which lights up and produces sounds– has become a hot collector’s item, so get your hands on one when you visit! Walt Disney Imagineers continues to outdo themselves with every new addition they make to Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is indeed the park’s piece de resistance, and this fascinating trivia certainly proves that– but who knows what else is on the horizon for this galactic playground?