Disneyland Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide

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Phase Two of Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened January 17, 2020. including the highly anticipated ride, Rise of the Resistance.Disneyland Rise of the Resistance

I was there for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and will arrive shortly after Rise of the Resistance opens and continue to add details to this article—this is the ultimate Disneyland Rise of the Resistance ride guide.

If you are looking purely for strategy details (and you need one!) on riding Disneyland’s Rise of the Resistance , please visit this article. 

Disneyland’s Rise of the Resistance opened January 17, 2020 as part of a 14 acre park expansion. The future of the Resistance is at stake. It’s more than a ride, it’s an entire experience including pre-show elements you experience during the queue. I’ve researched and gathered information from the east coast opening as well as official press releases to compile this ride guide. I will of course be adding my personal experience as I test the attraction with my family in January. 

 

Star Wars Land Teen

 

The second of two rides on planet Batuu, a completely new attraction deserves all the attention it’s been getting and more. I was live at Disneyland Resort, broadcasting from Rise of the Resistance when the opening date was announced. Watch the video below to see the entrance and part of the queue.  

Keep reading for all the details on where to enter, which Disneyland path will get you to Rise of the Resistance quickest, motion sickness, seat configurations, the queue you’ll wait in, FASTPASS details and more. 

Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide Quick Info

Getting into Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t cost any extra money, regular theme park admission is all you need. But you may be required to join a “boarding group” to enter the land at Disneyland Park. See how that works in my Star Wars FAQ article, along with other tips for your day exploring planet Batuu. Discount Tickets

More about Rise of the Resistance:

  • Height Requirements 40 inches or taller, not recommended for pregnant women (see full list of rides here)
  • Seating in Rise of the Resistance transport vehicle with a seat belt. Each pod seats up to 8 guests, 4 in each row.
  • Waiting outdoors first in partial shade. Afterwards, move indoors with an entertaining queue and lots of things to see! When it first opens and in the months following you will need to use a virtual queue! Information here

 

Galaxys Edge dusk

 

  • Rider Switch available. FASTPASS will be opened at a later date.
  • What we love the excitement building as we wait for this attraction to open at Disneyland!
  • What we loathe no FASTPASS options during the initial opening phases. 
  • Insider Secrets go to the bathroom before hand. It’ll make your ride (and wait) much more enjoyable. 

 

opening galaxys edge

 

Will this ride make me sick? 

I’ll be polling readers like crazy on this question, so please add your experience to the comments.

I don’t get motion sickness, so I’ll do my best to inform once I ride the attraction. There is one drop, similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, in addition to video simulators during the ride. Here’s a list of other Disneyland rides that might make you sick

 

Rise Star Wars Disneyland
Courtesy Disneyland Resort

 

Is this ride scary?

During the queue you will interact with the First Order (aka the Dark Side). They are in character and are very intimidating, especially if younger riders don’t understand they’re playing a role. If your little ones haven’t seen the movies, they might be scared of the First Order, Stormtroopers and/or Kylo Ren. There’s definitely elements that can make it scary for younger riders. There will also be one drop, similar to Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ll update this with opinions from my crew of teens and tweens when we ride the attraction in January. 

Disneyland Rise of the Resistance Entrance

Rise of the Resistance is on Disneyland’s far north west corner. It’s a long route but I want to help you get to the entrance as quickly as possible (without running of course). Making the most of your time on planet Batuu is key, especially during the initial debut of Rise of the Resistance. Disney might open and close the land during the day, learn how to get in here

 

Rise entry point

 

Where is the entrance to ride Rise of the Resistance Disneyland? 

You can find Rise of the Resistance on the far left side of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In reference to Disneyland Park, it’s closer to Critter Country, home of Splash Mountain. We’ll explore each entry point and the most direct route now. 

  • If you enter via Fantasyland (pictured below) take the first available left before the Milk Stand. Keep walking on the outskirts of Droid Depot, you’ll walk parallel to the Marketplace on the right. Continue on the winding path to the Resistance camp. 

 

Star Wars Land entry

 

  • If you enter via Big Thunder Trail from Frontierland (pictured below), the quickest and easiest path to Rise of the Resistance is make the first left turn available. Continue your exploration on planet Batuu walking that left direction until you arrive at the Resistance camp.

 

Star Wars entry Big Thunder Trail

 

  • If you enter via Critter Country, this will be your quickest option to find Rise of the Resistance.   Follow the path into the Resistance camp and arrive at your destination.

All riders including standby, FASTPASS return, DAS pass holders and Rider Switch parties will enter the queue at the main checkpoint. The current time and wait time is displayed on the left of the entry point, along with signs directing you to the proper queue overhead.  Shop Star Wars merch here.

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STOP HERE!! SPOILERS AHEAD. CONTINUE READING FOR WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE LINE AND RIDE.

Disneyland Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide Standby

Standby is the traditional, regular queue most people will experience and it’s something you want to experience. The queue is not only visually entertaining and offers extensive photo ops and interaction with Disney Parks Play app, it also acts as part of the attraction itself. 

 

Rise of the Resistance entry

 

Currently no FASTPASS is available and all riders need to wait in the standby line unless you choose to utilize Rider Switch (more on that later). This information has been assembled from various Disney press releases, I will update all information in January with my personal experience. 

In the standby line you will experience the attraction/queue in this order:

  • Outdoor and indoor queue, including tunnels of the Resistance camp.
  • Holoscreens featuring images from the Star Wars Universe.
  • BB-8 greeting and hologram Rey who tells us about our mission.
  • Lieutenant Bek, Nien Nunb and Poe Dameron greet us via video transmission. 
  • Board the Intersystem Transport Ship (I-TS), a shuttle-like system with 30-50 other guests, standing room/vehicle that slowly takes you to the next point in your journey. Nien Nunb, Lt. Bed and Poe make an appearance here as well.  
  • First Order commanders take over the ship and lead you to your detention cells. 
  • Doors open to reveal a hanger bay filled with Stormtroopers that opens to space.
  • You are then shown through interior corridors of a Star Destroyer where a few more Stormtroopers stand guard and lead to your integration. 
  • First Order General Hux and Kylo Ren are ready to handle our spy case personally, but then the Resistance appears to help us escape! 
  • See a full video of the queue walk through here

You’ll also see these Star Wars universe character during the actual ride portion:

  • Two full size AT-AT walkers
  • Kylo Ren
  • Finn
  • R5 Droid

Toward the end of the ride, your escape pod will be ejected from the Star Destroyer. This is being compared to Tower of Terror drop in Walt Disney World, and similar to Guardians of the Galaxy here at Disneyland Resort. Every line exits through various passages but eventually leads back to one exit point which is just to the left of the entrance. 

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Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide FASTPASS

Is there a FASTPASS for Rise of the Resistance? There is currently no Disney MaxPass or FASTPASS option for riding Rise of the Resistance. While there is a permanent queue for FASTPASS returns, it is not being implemented at this time.

 

Disneyland falcon standby line

 

I still strongly encourage guests to purchase Disney MaxPass because you will have plenty of time outside Galaxy’s Edge to explore both Disneyland park and California Adventure park. MaxPass will allow you to secure FASTPASSES for other rides even while your group is on Batuu. Star Wars ears

In the FASTPASS line you will experience these entertaining highlights:

  • Some tunnel queue.
  • Merge with standby line where BB-8 and hologram of Rey describes the mission. 
  • Lieutenant Bek, Nien Nunb and Poe Dameron greet us via video transmission. 
  • Board the Intersystem Transport Ship (I-TS), a shuttle-like system with 30-50 other guests, standing room/vehicle that slowly takes you to the next point in your journey. Nien Nunb, Lt. Bed and Poe make an appearance here as well.  
  • First Order commanders take over the ship and lead you to your detention cells. 
  • Doors open to reveal a hanger bay filled with Stormtroopers that opens to space.
  • You are then shown through interior corridors of a Star Destroyer where a few more Stormtroopers stand guard and lead to your integration. 
  • First Order General Hux and Kylo Ren are ready to handle our spy case personally, but then the Resistance appears to help us escape! 

You’ll also see these Star Wars universe character during the actual ride:

  • Two full size AT-AT walkers
  • Kylo Ren
  • Finn
  • R5 Droid

Every line exits through various passages but eventually leads back to one exit point which is just to the left of the entrance. 

 

Rise of the Resistance Disneyland
Courtesy Disneyland Resort

Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide Single Rider

Will Rise of the Resistance have a single rider line? The best answer I can give you right now is it does not appear to have that option. Of course, official details have not been released and I will update this article as soon as I know. 

 

Rise Line

 

Single Rider is a great way to ride other Disneyland attractions often with minimal wait times. Enter via the labeled Single Rider line at the entry point of the ride. 

Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide Rider Switch

If you have a member of your party who does not meet the minimum height requirement for Rise of the Resistance, please arrive with your entire party at the entry to the ride.

Cast Members will explain your options for activating Rider Switch pass which generally follows this pattern:

  1. First party rides by waiting in the regular queue.
  2. Second party waits for their return. I suggest a designated meeting point. Confirm everyone knows the meeting place before splitting up.
  3. When first party escapes, they switch roles and the second party can now ride without waiting in the standby queue. Even though FASTPASS is not being used now, you will use that pathway for Rider Switch.

Using the FASTPASS line will allow you to merge with the standby line where BB-8 and hologram of Rey describes the mission. You will also see and experience the following:

  • Lieutenant Bek, Nien Nunb and Poe Dameron greet us via video transmission. 
  • Board the Intersystem Transport Ship (I-TS), a shuttle-like system with 30-50 other guests, standing room/vehicle that slowly takes you to the next point in your journey. Nien Nunb, Lt. Bed and Poe make an appearance here as well.  
  • First Order commanders take over the ship and lead you to your detention cells. 
  • Doors open to reveal a hanger bay filled with Stormtroopers that opens to space.
  • You are then shown through interior corridors of a Star Destroyer where a few more Stormtroopers stand guard and lead to your integration. 
  • First Order General Hux and Kylo Ren are ready to handle our spy case personally, but then the Resistance appears to help us escape! 

Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide DAS & Wheelchairs

Navigating Disneyland Resort in a wheelchair or scooter shouldn’t hold you back and visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in a wheelchair is entirely possible. Read my Disneyland in a wheelchair article for plenty of tips to make the most of your entire visit here. 

 

Galaxys Edge night

 

If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort and someone in your party has special needs, see my special needs section here.

Approach the entry to the attraction and a Cast Member will direct you to loading and transfer information. The standby queue is large, wide and wheelchair accessible up to a certain point in the line. 

If using a wheelchair or EVC in line you might experience these entertaining highlights:

  • SEE, you will see this portion! This section will be updated when we have more details. 
  • MAYBE, you might see this portion! This section will be updated when we have more details. 
  • SKIP, you will miss this portion! This section will be updated when we have more details. 
  • Please help us refine this list, if something needs editing, added or removed let us know in the comments.

Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide Magic Morning 

Magic Morning is an early admission option offered with advance 3+ day tickets at Disneyland Park. Guests with Magic Morning get access to Disneyland a whole hour earlier than the general public. But wait . . . 

Galaxy’s Edge is not open during Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour. Disneyland Park will continue to open Fantasyland and Tomorrowland during Magic Morning.

Here’s what happened during my Magic Morning test of entering Galaxy’s Edge for riding Smugglers Run in July 2019. 

  • Our party rode rides in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland for the first 30-40 minutes of Magic Morning
  • We went to the gate from Fantasyland to Frontierland to enter Galaxy’s Edge and found out they do not allow entry into Galaxy’s Edge from that access point for the first hour or two of the day. 
  • Magic Morning guests were directed to Galaxy’s Edge via Critter Country. Many, many people who had Magic Morning were already inside Galaxy’s Edge before the park opened!
  • We quickly made our way there and were funneled into the line for Smugglers Run.
  • We were officially in line for the ride before the park opened to the public.
  • Wait time was already 60 minutes before it even officially opened! 

Long story short, if you want to be one of the first to ride Rise of the Resistance that day, I suggest you use your Magic Morning to line up. I imagine there will be a similar procedure in place for queuing up for Rise. 

Rise of the Resistance Ride Guide Final Thoughts

I am making myself wait an entire week (more if you count the opening at Walt Disney World) to ride the new attraction. Now that’s not normal for me. I usually like to be the first to report things to you, but I wanted to take my kids with me this time. When I opened Galaxy’s Edge in May 2019, it was a marathon work weekend and I simply couldn’t get everything accomplished with the family tagging along. 

This time, my kids are prepped and over the moon excited that we will be attending Rise of the Resistance opening (a week late) together!

What do you think of our Disneyland Rise of the Resistance ride guide—let me know and ask your questions in the comment section so I know what to report on when I go in person at Disneyland Resort. 

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