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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance-What We Know So Far About this Attraction Coming to Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened on August 29, 2019, with one of its major attractions, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, set to open later. Rather than wait for Rise of the Resistance to finish being completed, Disney opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in two phases. Phase two will bring the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an attraction that promises to be an incredible experience for guests. Here’s what we know so far about this highly anticipated attraction.


1 – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the newest land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. It is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park. The new land builds off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., a global leader in film, television, and digital entertainment production, including the Star Wars franchise. The collaboration shows through brilliantly throughout the land. The design screams Star Wars, and it’s compelling.

2 – Batuu and Black Spire Outpost

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is on the planet of Batuu, a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space – the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. The planet is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders, and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary … entanglements with the First Order.

When guests arrive at Black Spire Outpost, they come across aliens, droids, and other inhabitants of this planet as they search for rare and unique goods, discover unusual food and drink, or join a crew seeking adventures. Along the way, guests may encounter some familiar faces, including Rey, Chewbacca, or even Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers. It’s in this context that the second anchor in the land, Rise of the Resistance, attraction makes its home.

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3 – Rise of the Resistance

Opening December 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and January 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be one of the most ambitious, advanced, and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering. The innovative new attraction will take guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle before they are captured by a Star Destroyer and wind up in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The harrowing adventure will blur the lines between fantasy and reality on a scale never seen before in a Disney attraction.

4 – Fight with the Resistance

Guests will join the Resistance and depart from Batuu in a transport ship to meet General Leia Organa at a secret rendezvous point. However, on your way to the hidden base, guests are intercepted and taken prisoner by the First Order as their ship is drawn into the hangar bay of a Star Destroyer. The action then ramps up as guests seek to escape the clutches of Kylo Ren and the First Order.


5 – Your Favorite Star Wars Characters

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will bring guests face to face with some of their favorite Star Wars characters, including Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Finn, as well as Kylo Ren and General Hux of the First Order.

6 – A Very Large Attraction

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the largest attractions Disney has ever created. Its massive show building is a world unto itself, housing two full-sized AT-AT walkers and a Star Destroyer hangar bay – complete with a TIE fighter and a garrison of Stormtroopers – plus more thrills and surprises. Cindy had a chance to walk in the Destroyer hanger bay in August, and it was AMAZING. The group she was with all cheered with excitement. We can’t wait for this attraction to open!

7 – Multiple Ride Systems

Walt Disney Imagineering will combine multiple ride systems to tell the story of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. In one sequence, a new simulator experience will give the sensation to guests they are falling from space to crash land on Batuu. Also, during a portion of the experience, guests will race through a Star Destroyer in a trackless ride vehicle featuring an onboard droid that reacts to its surroundings.

8 – Height Requirement

The height requirement for Star War: Rise of the Resistance is 40″ or taller, which puts it in the same category as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Test Track, Soarin’, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Dinosaur!

9 – More to Come

As we get closer to the opening date of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we expect more details to be released from Disney. We’ll also be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the grand opening event on December 5, 2019. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram for complete coverage of this amazing attraction!

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About Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!