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Find Out What It Will Be Like To Ride Rise Of The Resistance In Star Wars Galaxys Edge

ID:TMS-4107
Source:Orange County Register
Author:Brady Macdonald
Dateline:March 06, 2019
Posted:March 12, 2019
Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance
Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance
 
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The Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge emerges from a rebel military outpost set up in a forest to avoid detection by First Order troops that have established a base nearby in the village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu.

"You'll notice that there's a very temporary nature to everything out here," said John Larena, Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director. "Basically the story we're telling is the Resistance has set up shop here, probably in the past couple of weeks. Everything is ready to get swept up as soon as the mission gets called."

Larena recently led a select group of reporters on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction at the new 14-acre land under construction at the Anaheim theme park.

A full-size X-wing with a blue pinstripe sits in the woods next to a red A-wing fighter. High-tech military gear is scattered throughout the forest and cavernous tunnels that serve as the ride queue. A towering crane moves a futuristic-looking light post into position, guided by construction workers.

"This is an operating resistance outpost," Larena said. "You get the sense that there's an active base. Something big is going to happen here soon."

Ride queue

Painters have aged the rock caverns forming the ride queue, adding stains to the ceilings where water has been dripping for centuries. The hand-sculpted rock work forms windows that offer peeks into Galaxy's Edge and hints at what lays ahead in the attraction. The rock walls bristle with high-tech lights and communication equipment that give the sense visitors are heading into a Resistance compound.

"You're going to be hearing communications between the flight decks and other personnel," Larena said. "And droids communicating with each other, keeping this place running."

The rebels have used laser torches to cut openings and pathways supported with hydraulic struts. Marston mats, perforated steel plates used by the military, are embedded into the ground.

"You can see this was once three separate rooms," Larena said. "The Resistance came in here with their laser torches and cut out the bigger opening here so they can get their big power cables through this space. Presumably this is coming from a generator that's up above there going down to a communications room."

Glowing holoscreens in the queue will show Resistance targets on a map of the "Star Wars" galaxy. The high-tech video screens will be juxtaposed next to niches carved into the stone walls by ancient civilizations.

"This room was possibly used for some prayers through icons that used to be here," Larena said. "There's a whole backstory of this place that our guests are left to puzzle over and make a story."

Ready Room

In the Ready Room, visitors will encounter an animatronic BB8. A holographic Rey from "The Force Awakens" asks us to join the Resistance and take part in a dangerous off-planet mission in a fight against the First Order. Resistance pilot Poe Dameron will be our wingman.

"You've just been asked to leave the planet and get on a spaceship. Well, let's go do that," Larena said. "These doors pull open and our guests spill out into this space where a Resistance ship is waiting for them. Poe's X-wing is off to the side here. You're going to be hearing the engines spooling up. You're gonna be hearing a flight deck announcement telling everyone quickly let's get on this ship."

Transport ship

About 50 riders will rush past Poe's full-size X-Wing and board a transport ship. An audio-animatronic jowl-faced Nien Nunb barks orders at his passengers from the cockpit. The transport doors close and the ship is cleared for take-off. Scenes outside the ship play out on the cockpit window and monitor screens. Riders see Poe climb into his X-wing as he communicates with Nien Nunb. Our transport ship takes off from Batuu.

"As soon as we get into orbit, things don't quite work out for us," Larena said. "The First Order has tracked us and we get surrounded by a pair of Star Destroyers. There's a big showdown that happens. Poe has to jump into hyperspace to get reinforcements. We get tractor beamed into a Star Destroyer."

Standing riders will feel the floor shake and move throughout the experience aboard the transport ship.

"You will physically be moving and you will feel the sensation of yourself taking off," Larena said. "It will be a mild trip."

Aboard a Star Destroyer

The doors to the transport ship open and 50 stormtroopers await in formation aboard a Star Destroyer. Some of the stormtroopers are animatronic and make slight movements. TIE fighters will swoop past on a 100-foot-wide screen that Industrial Light & Magic crews were working on during the tour. A second Star Destroyer from the battle will hover in the space window.

"When those doors closed you were looking at Poe's X-wing spooling up, everything getting ready," Larena said. "Now you've been sucked into a Star Destroyer. You've seen it out the windows. Your ship pulled into a Star Destroyer. These doors open and you are now inside that Star Destroyer."

Riders stepping off the transport onto the Star Destroyer will see the ship they boarded at the Resistance base. Disney employees in First Order uniforms will bark orders at riders: "Move along, Resistance scum."

Riders will be separated into smaller groups and thrown into a jail cell.

"This is the kind of room (where) Poe Dameron was actually questioned by Kylo Ren in "The Force Awakens,'" Larena said. "Well, the same sort of thing will happen to you. You're going to get a visit from Kylo Ren and then the rest of the ride is going to happen for you. I can't tell you how. You're going to have to figure your way out of detention."

The rest of the attraction will put riders in the middle of a fight between the Resistance and the First Order. Kylo Ren will make multiple appearances in several forms throughout the attraction.

The Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens this summer at Disneyland and this fall at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.
 

 
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