Leaked photos from the @sw_edge twitter account show the interior of the Resistance Intersystem Transport Ship, or I-TS, that will take guests from Batuu up to the Star Destroyer on the Rise of the Resistance attraction, which opens December 5th at Walt Disney World and January 17th at Disneyland.
Here is a look inside the ship. Jump past the photos for a description of the ship and its role within the attraction.
Equipped with a hyperdrive, the I-TS is primarily used as a long-haul troop and cargo transport ship. Built by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, it is equipped with forward and rear guns to repel any pirate attack during the transport. The I-TS’ versatility has made it an indispensable vessel for the Resistance and critical in the transport of troops between bases. Here’s a look at a model of the ship from the Walt Disney Presents exhibit in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This ship will play a critical role in the Rise of the Resistance attraction, taking guests from Batuu up to space before they’re captured by the First Order in a Star Destroyer.
The I-TS will function much like the elevator shafts at the Escape from Gringotts attraction or even a bit like the stretching room in the Haunted Mansion in that it will drive the story forward without much motion. The ship will, reportedly, turn 180-degrees to allow the load and unload areas to take place through the same door. By putting the I-TS on a turntable, Disney can load guests at the 6-o’clock position and unload guests at the 12-o’clock position, starting in the cave systems of Batuu and ending up in the Star Destroyer. Here’s a breakdown of the expected ride experience, which will be 15 minutes long.
Rise of the Resistance starts in the cave systems of Batuu, where Resistance fighters have set up a base of operations to combat the First Order troops that have recently arrived at Black Spire Outpost. 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 hanger 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.
After being captured by the First Order, you’ll find yourself in a massive ship where you’ll be tasked with escaping the clutches of Kylo Ren. You’ll board a trackless ride vehicle, which will serve as your main form of transportation throughout the attraction. You can see the ride vehicle as displayed at Star Wars Celebration below. The 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″.