As part of the most recent episode released for ‘The Imagineering Story’, the Walt Disney Imagineering documentary gives viewers a peek behind the curtains as the Imagineers work on some of the special effects found in the brand new Rise of the Resistance attraction. Of course, the behind-the-scenes look could be considered a major spoiler for the attraction, but we’re guessing that if you’ve visited our website in the past, you’re ok with spoilers.
One of the most impressive parts of the ride is when your escape pod is jettisoned out of the Star Destroyer and back to Batuu. When discussing the thought behind the effect, Lead Imagineer for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Scott Trowbridge said that they understood that the trackless tech would be great for the ride storyline, but that they “needed a bit more thrill, and a bit more visceral thrill”. What was born was the idea of the drop thrill that acts as the finale of the ride.
Trowbridge said the team thought about the idea of taking their trackless vehicle and “mounting it to a motion-based experience like Star Tours”. What Imagineering came up with is a brilliant effect of a motion base attached to a “free fall drop tower” as seen in the renderings below.
The result, in our opinion, is one of the most realistic, most immersive effects that you can find at a Disney theme park anywhere in the world. It’s an exciting, exhilarating drop that does just enough to get a drop feeling in your stomach without going all-out like a Tower of Terror. The resulting motion base simulator rivals (and maybe surpasses) what Disney does with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but in a much more thrilling package.
We’ll have more thoughts on the recent episode of The Imagineering Story, but if you want to check out the wonderful WDI documentary now, it can be streamed on DisneyPlus.com.
To experience the full Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction, from pre-show to exiting the ride, check out our stabilized, 4K video below!