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New Rise Of The Resistance Ride Will Last At Least 15 Minutes At Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
September 30, 2019
October 04, 2019
The new Rise of the Resistance attraction coming in January to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland that has been billed as 4 rides in 1 will be at least 15 minutes long from start to finish, according to Disney theme park officials.

“Imagine being chased for 15 minutes by Kylo Ren and the First Order. Stormtroopers everywhere. Lightsabers coming at you,” Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products, said of Rise of the Resistance during a new TV special. “It’s going to be fantastic.”

A 10-minute segment during the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — Adventure Awaits” television show on Freeform on Sunday night revealed new details about the Rise of the Resistance dark ride, which is scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on Dec. 5 and Disneyland in Anaheim on Jan. 17.

The new attraction will put riders in the middle of a battle between the villainous First Order and the heroic Resistance in a dangerous off-planet mission as new recruits. Along the way, the recruits will be captured aboard a Star Destroyer, break out of a First Order detention cell, elude the clutches of Kylo Ren and escape back to a secret base on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre Galaxy’s Edge lands.

The Rise of the Resistance attraction will feature videotaped, holographic and audio-animatronic appearances by some of the characters from the latest Star Wars trilogy. The “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Adventure Awaits” TV special showed scenes being filmed for the Rise of the Resistance ride by Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Issac (Poe Dameron) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren). The actors recorded their scenes for the new attraction while making the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” movie.

“What was amazing about shooting for the Rise of the Resistance attraction was it felt like just an extension of the film and an extension of the story,” Issac said during the “Adventure Awaits” TV special. “Because we were on the set when I was in the X-wing already and we were shooting scenes. It just felt like a continuation of the saga.”

Rey, the Star Wars heroine played by Ridley, will be the first Resistance member riders meet in the new Galaxy’s Edge attraction. She will welcome new recruits via a hologram message.

“A covert Resistance team led by my friend Finn has infiltrated the First Order Star Destroyer that is now headed to this system,” Ridley said during the TV special while filming a green-screen scene as Rey for the attraction.

The “Adventure Awaits” TV special showed Issac filming Rise of the Resistance scenes as Poe Dameron aboard an X-wing motion simulator at Pinewood Studios outside London where many recent “Star Wars” movies have been filmed. The green screen scene was surrounded by a 360-degree light stage that simulated the effects of explosions and laser blasts.

“We’ve got company,” Issac said as Poe Dameron in the scene filmed for Rise of the Resistance. “First Order TIE fighters. Reroute! Reroute!”

The TV special offered a brief glimpse of the Rise of the Resistance dark ride vehicle load stations located just outside the First Order detention cells. One load station was flanked by armed stormtrooper figures. Each 8-seat ride vehicle will be piloted by an R5 droid.

“The droids are programmed to return you to Batuu,” Boyega says as Finn in one scene from the attraction. “Don’t get caught. And hurry.”

During the TV special, actors in motion capture suits performed stormtrooper stunts in a soundstage studio. Stormtroopers are expected to fire blasters at riders from an upper level in the Rise of the Resistance attraction.

“When its our darkest moment and we don’t know how we’re going to get out of the situation that we’re in, Finn shows up and gives us special instructions on how to get down to the bottom of the Star Destroyer and get off before the whole place goes sky high,” Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director John Larena said during the TV special.

“Poe’s coming back with an attack force,” Boyega said while filming a scene as Finn in stormtrooper armor. “Get to your escape pod now.”

The escape pods are expected to be part of an elevator lift and descent sequence in the Rise of the Resistance attraction.

“I know there’s a lot of blaster action by me,” said Boyega of his scenes in the attraction as Finn. “While you guys get away, I hold off the enemy. Then it ends with, hopefully, a great victory for the Resistance.”

At 15 minutes or more in duration, Rise of the Resistance would be one of the longest ride-based attractions at Disneyland. By comparison, It’s a Small World is approximately 14 minutes and Pirates of the Caribbean is about 15 minutes. Earlier in the year, Walt Disney Imagineering officials shot down online speculation that the Rise of the Resistance ride time would clock in at a whopping 28 minutes.
Attractions Referenced

It's A Small World

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance

Lands Referenced

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

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