Rise of the Resistance

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Rise of the Resistance
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The Rise of the Resistance attraction poster
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Land Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Opening date December 5, 2019
Vehicle type Doom Buggies
Ride duration 18 minutes
Audio-Animatronics 65
FastPass + No (Boarding Pass)

Attraction History

Backstory

Like all events portrayed in Galaxy's Edge, Rise of the Resistance takes place between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. The following crawl was released in order to give context to Rise of the Resistance:

It is a dark time for the RESISTANCE.

Following the devastating Battle of
Crait, the freedom fighters have fled
with General Leia Organa to an
undisclosed location.

Meanwhile, hunted by the FIRST ORDER
and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, a band
of Resistance supporters has established
a temporary outpost on the remote planet
of Batuu, thanks to scouting by
Resistance spy Vi Moradi.

Here on the Outer Rim, the Resistance
is rebuilding and searching for recruits
to join the cause and help save the
galaxy from tyranny…

Plot

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance begins when guests entering ancient ruins on the outskirts of the Black Spire Outpost. Here, they are recruited by the Resistance to help in the fight against the First Order. As guests enter into the caves that house the Resistance Control center, they are given a warning by BB-8 and a hologram of Rey. The First Order has a star destroyer in the area, and the new recruits are no longer safe. As a precaution, Rey has arranged for a transport to take the new recruits to safety on the planet Baccara.

Leaving the Resistance base, guests pass by Poe Dameron's X-wing fighter and board a transport piloted by Nien Numb. Although the transport is being escorted by Dameron and a fleet of X-wings, the transport and fleet are attacked by a First Order Star Destroyer. With Poe forced to retreat and get help, the transport is pulled inside the Star Destroyer hanger bay, which is guarded by a squadron of Storm Troopers.

The recruits are then brought to a cell, where Kylo Ren and Armitage Hux discuss their interrogation. Just as hope looks lost for the recruits, Finn, disguised as a stormtrooper, is able to lead a team to break the captured group out. In order to escape the Star Destroyer, the recruits board a hijacked First Order Fleet Transport, piloted by an R5 droid.

While trying to make their escape, the recruits are attacked by AT-ATs and stormtroopers. As Resistance fighters begin their assault on the Star Destroyer, Kylo Ren remains in pursuit of the escaped recruits, finally capturing them in a force hold. Just as it seems Ren will attack the captured recruits, a large explosion behind him, allows them to escape.

Finally free of Kylo Ren, the R5 droid is finally able to lead the prisoners to an escape pod. Dropping out of the Star Destroyer, guests fly through space in the middle of the battle between the Resistance and First Order, before the safely land back on Batuu.

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • When in the transport, guests can look out the rear window to see Poe Dameron's X-Wing following the ship. When he receives the mysterious signal he then flies over the transport.
  • Some of the scenes in Rise of the Resistance were produced a the same time as the third Star Wars trilogy. One example is the scenes of Poe Dameron flying his X-Wing [1].
  • Imagineers created over 1,000 special effects for Rise of the Resistance [2].

References

  1. https://wdwnews.com/releases/star-wars-galaxys-edge-fun-facts/
  2. https://attractionsmagazine.com/facts-about-star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance/