From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeremy Schoolfield
This is the attraction they’re looking for.
One month ago today, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the response has been amazing. Thousands upon thousands of guests continue to pour into the park each day to be among the first to experience the groundbreaking new attraction, which is also about to open at Disneyland park in California on Jan. 17, 2020.
If you’ve felt a tremor in the Force this past month, that’s probably the excitement building around Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as details began to emerge about the awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping experience that awaits you. I’ll quote the one and only Han Solo to tell you this: All of it … it’s all true.
In one of the longest attraction experiences in Disney history, you become a new Resistance recruit and are sent by Rey to a secret rendezvous point to meet General Leia Organa so you can aid her cause in freeing the galaxy from the tyrannical First Order. After hustling into an Intersystem Transport Ship, you blast off Batuu with Poe Dameron as your wingman in his signature black-painted X-wing starfighter.
Oh, but that bad feeling you’ve got … yeah, that’s true, too. Before you know it, a First Order Star Destroyer is right on top of you and pulls your ship into its massive hangar bay via tractor beam. From that point on, your mission is to escape the clutches of the First Order before Supreme Leader Kylo Ren can catch you and rip General Organa’s hidden location from your mind.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is immersive storytelling on a cinematic scale – this attraction truly feels as if you’ve stepped right into a Star Wars film. You’ll see a docked TIE fighter, dodge two AT-AT walkers, scurry past huge turbolaser cannons and dodge blaster fire from First Order Stormtroopers as you search for a way off the Star Destroyer aboard special troop transports.
It’s an all-encompassing journey, and I love watching guests’ reactions – I’ve seen everything from tears of joy to uproarious cheers to stunned amazement. I’ve felt all those emotions, too, when I experienced it.
Because the Force is strong with this one.