4 Predictions We Have About Walt Disney World’s Rise of the Resistance Opening

We’re fewer than two weeks away from the opening of Disney’s newest attraction, and Rise of the Resistance promises to be the most incredible ride Disney has ever built. It’s no secret that we cannot wait to climb aboard.

Rise of the Resistance is said to be 15+ minutes long and incorporate multiple ride systems — including trackless vehicles. It has a complex backstory and is basically four different attractions in one.

Star Destroyer on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)

We don’t know everything about the ride yet (that’s part of the fun!), but even still, we’ve got a few predictions about the opening of Rise of the Resistance.

Note: Though these are our predictions, in some cases they’re based on information that’s already known about Rise of the Resistance. If you’re trying to avoid ALL spoilers, stop reading! Click here to read something Epcot-y instead. 😉 

1. The Line Will Be at Least 5 Hours Long

Considering Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run had a five hour wait on its opening day and Slinky Dog Dash had a seven hour wait on its first day,  we’re thinking five hours is actually generously low.

Rise of the Resistance Entrance

The one thing that may keep it on the low end is everyone assuming else it will be crazy busy. But we’re pretty sure we’re going to see a very long line on opening weekend as lots of folks likely delayed their Star Wars visits until both rides were complete.

Click here to read about limited Resort availability on Rise of the Resistance’s opening weekend!

2. It Will Have Technical Difficulties

Considering Rise of the Resistance has multiple ride systems (including trackless vehicles), lots of guest movement, live actors (I think?), and is over 15 minutes long, something is BOUND not to work when it first starts operating at full capacity.

AT-AT Walkers in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ©Disney

Attractions may run smoothly when it’s just the Imagineers and preview groups on board, but when you’re trying to cycle through thousands of guests on a system this complicated, we’re guessing there will be some hiccups along the way.

But it’s nothing Disney won’t fix! Whether it’s just a learning curve for the cast and guests, or permanent adjustments need to be made, it’s safe to assume they will get taken care of as quickly as possible.

3. It Will Make Smuggler’s Run Look Like Child’s Play

The same way Nav’i River Journey is incredible until you ride Flight of Passage, we think Rise of the Resistance is going to blow the pants off Smuggler’s Run.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Don’t get us wrong; we’ve quite enjoyed our flights on the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy (especially as the pilot). But nothing about the technology was incredibly groundbreaking — it’s basically Mission: Space meets Star Tours.

But the same way the boat ride in Pandora is trumped by the incredible Banshee flight, we predict Rise of the Resistance will make Smuggler’s Run look like child’s play (and probably every other ride in WDW TBH).

4. It’ll Blow Our Minds

Speaking from personal experience, I literally cried during the preview of the attraction in August. We didn’t even get to ride anything, but just seeing the Star Destroyer doors open and a hangar full of fighter ships and Stormtroopers was enough to put my jaw on the floor.

Rise of the Resistance

Disney has said over and over again that this attraction will be like nothing we’ve ever seen. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, the technology, scale, and let’s be honest, magic, will probably blow you away.

What are your predictions for Rise of the Resistance? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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2 Replies to “4 Predictions We Have About Walt Disney World’s Rise of the Resistance Opening”

  1. I agree with all of the above! I think it will not only blow us away, I think it will also put a nice bow on Galaxy’s Edge. I think the backstory will become more clear and people will enjoy the land much more from what they learn on this ride. I can’t wait to ride it! It is going to be outrageous!