Disney's Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is shaping up to be one of their most ambitious attractions. Opening in both Anaheim, Calfiornia's Disneyland and Orlando, Florida's Disney World, the attraction's standout details are proving that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be most impressive.
Set within the fictional planet Batuu, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a brand new addition to Disney theme parks offering an immersive Star Wars-inspired experience for guests. Aside from bumping into characters and creatures that might exists within the Star Wars universe, guests will also have the opportunity to experience two brand new rides - one being Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, the other being Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. And, while both attractions will no doubt live up to high expectations from fans, Rise of the Resistance is said to be slightly bolder in its approach.
According to USA Today, Disney’s chairman of parks, experiences, and products, Bob Chapek, opened up about the attraction's impressive features through a detailed walk-through. He even went so far as to say it's, "the most ambitious attraction we’ve ever built." The attraction will have a secret entrance built into a set of hills in an area called the Black Spire Outpost, in which guests will walk past various supply cabinets, Poe Dameron's (Oscar Isaac) X-wing Starfighter, BB-8, and a hologram of Rey (Daisy Ridley). From there, guests will board a spaceship, get pulled into a Star Destroyer, and face everyone from Stormtroopers to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) as they attempt to escape.
The ride is essentially a day-in-the-life experience of a member of the Resistance that eventually turns into an escape mission. io9 also describes it as "one of the biggest, most elaborate, and longest rides in the history of Disney." In fact, Galaxy's Edge as a whole is fitting for a Resistance fighter seeing as it's located on a remote planet filled with smugglers, a dive bar called Oga's Cantina, and of course, a life-size model of the Millennium Falcon. There are also plans to possibly expand the park over the years.
Disney has never shied away from boldness when it comes to their attractions. However, growing competition over the years has forced them to innovate even more than usual. Once Universal introduced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it certainly disrupted Disney's unofficial creative monopoly over theme park popularity. Now, though, the tables may be turning, and Star Wars may help put the ball back in Disney's court.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will open Fall 2019.
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