A photo leaked online last night that reportedly shows the 50+ Stormtroopers that we’ll encounter in a single scene in the Rise of the Resistance attraction. Just yesterday, Disney announced that the attraction will open first on December 5th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The attraction has faced unspecified delays both in Walt Disney World and Disneyland, leading to it not opening with the rest of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The ride is said to be the most ambitious project ever undertaken by The Walt Disney Company, and promises to push the boundaries of anything you’ve ever experienced before. With yesterday’s announcement, Disney also updated their website and provided a longer description of the ride than they have in the past:
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a massive, multi-platform, new attraction that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at Walt Disney World Resort… or anywhere else in the galaxy!
The Resistance needs your help! Hidden in the forest outside Black Spire Outpost, the Resistance is gathering recruits for a secret mission.
With the First Order desperate to extinguish the spark of the Resistance, the mission is bound to have unexpected twists and turns. When your transport is captured by an imposing First Order Star Destroyer—with Kylo Ren on board—you’re going to need all the help you can get. Fortunately, a covert team of Resistance fighters is at the ready to give you a fighting chance to escape—and a chance for the Resistance to rise.
Along the way, favorite Star Wars characters—including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and BB-8—will join the action to help you!
That brings us to last night, when someone posted the image below to the Disneyland subreddit. The Rise of the Resistance leaked photo has since been deleted, but not before more than a few people downloaded the image.
If you’re wondering where in the attraction this photo was taken, we can look back to the concept art released by Disney of the massive hangar scene from aboard the Star Destroyer that captures our ship. Not only do the Stormtroopers match the art, but so does the huge 100-foot wide screen that we can just barely see behind them.
The attraction begins in the Resistance forest, with guests entering the queue under a canon and into an outdoor queue that winds between trees and rockwork before entering a cave system.
Guests will be going through tunnels carved by an ancient civilization with old carvings. In the caves, guests will also pass munition supplies before coming face-to-face with Poe’s ship and ultimately boarding the Resistance Intersystem Transport Ship. Before guests board, BB-8 will greet guests in the Ready Room. Rey will then appear as a hologram asking guests to join the Resistance and fight the First Order in a dangerous mission. The wingman for the off-planet mission will be Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. The transport ship will be piloted by an audio-animatronic Nien Nunb that will be seated in the cockpit. The ship is then cleared for take-off as the transport doors close. While carrying out the mission for the Resistance, the ship and all of the guests on board will be captured by a Star Destroyer.
Poe will leave to get backup, but while he does, you’re taken hostage by the First Order. A massive hangar with a 100-foot wide screen of outer space will immerse you in a very familiar Star Wars scene. You’ll ultimately find yourself in a holding cell, formulating a plan to escape.
You’ll board a First Order Fleet Transport trackless ride vehicle to wind through a variety of scenes as you try to make it back onto a friendly ship that can help you return safely to Batuu. Poe will arrive just in time with other Resistance fighters to help you escape and make it back to Black Spire Outpost.
The whole experience is going to culminate in one of the most ambitious and immersive attractions ever built by Imagineering.
Just a few reminders:
- According to Disney, Rise of the Resistance will follow in the operational footsteps of Smugglers Run and it will not offer any FastPasses when it opens. This applies to both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World version of the attractions, as the answer shows up on each of the respective FAQ sections.
- Rise of the Resistance will have a minimum height requirement of 40″.
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