From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Michele
Yesterday was the all day press event for the new attraction, Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I had to be there bright and early in the morning, because there were things scheduled throughout the day, ending with the dedication ceremony that evening. I had heard so much hype for Rise of the Resistance that I was afraid that it might not live up to my expectations. Was it really as good as people were saying? Will it have that wow factor? Let’s discuss.
Previously I had taken a tour of the construction for Rise of the Resistance. The room we saw was the one filled with an army of Stormtroopers, which was so impressive. That’s as far as we got. Yesterday the entire experience was revealed and I was truly excited to get to see it all.
The premise of the attraction is that you are being captured by the First Order. Kylo Ren and his crew have you in their clutches, but the Resistance is there to help rescue you. In the queue you’re going to see a hologram of Rey, explaining the mission, as well as other familiar faces. Your ship gets captured by the First Order, then the fun begins.
The cast members stay true to character as the “bad guys” so to speak and do a phenomenal job. Your group gets put into a holding cell where you are addressed by General Hux and Kylo Ren himself. No, not intimidating whatsoever. As you are in the cell, you’ll be rescued by the Resistance then loaded onto the ride vehicles, which have no track. The goal is to get away from Kylo and company, and it’s not going to be an easy task.
Once you are inside the ride, you truly are part of an experience like no other. There are special effects, animatronics, holograms, larger than life AT-AT’s and more!
Rise of the Resistance went far beyond any expectation that I could have had. Disney outdid themselves by a long shot. Even if you are not necessarily a die hard Star Wars fan, you’re sure to be amazed by this new experience. Seriously, it’s not a ride, it’s a full on experience that should be on your Disney must-do list. I’ve had readers ask my honest opinion, including if I thought this ride was better than Flight of Passage over at Animal Kingdom. Personally, I feel that it is. Rise of the Resistance is state of the art and unlike anything Disney has done before. I went on four times and couldn’t get enough. This morning at the Studios Disney did a virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance in order to accommodate the high volume of guests wanting to ride. The queue was filled before 9am. As with any new Disney attraction, it’s going to be busy for some time so you’ll have to bring your patience with you for sure. Rise of the Resistance is definitely worth the wait, I think you’ll love it too. Well done Disney!
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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.