Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – A Disneyland Attraction We Never Knew We Needed

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After many months of waiting — since long before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland on May 31 — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is finally here. We were able to experience the newest attraction at Disneyland this week, and we are so thrilled to report that it is worth all the hype.

Disneyland is a historic park. It has always brought us endless fun, enjoyment, thrills, and magic ever since it opened in 1955. But Rise of the Resistance is truly the attraction that we never realized we needed but we’re so happy it’s here.

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About Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

If you need a bit of background information, here’s what you need to know — or at least, the spoiler-free version.

An Attraction on a Scale That Is Impressive, Most Impressive

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be a massive attraction with multiple ride systems that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at the Disneyland Resort… or anywhere else in the galaxy!

Accept a Mission from the Resistance

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 filled with legions of stormtroopers—and even Kylo Ren!—you’re going to need all the help you can get. Fortunately, a covert team of Resistance fighters—including Rey and BB-8—is at the ready to give you a fighting chance to escape… and a chance for the Resistance to rise.

Get ready for a thrilling, first-of-its-kind adventure when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance launches on January 17, 2020.

There is really no way to describe it beyond that — we don’t want to give away any details (but if you want spoilers, check out our article that outlines the attraction). Disney brings to life your wildest dreams, and Disney Parks make it possible to live out what you previously thought was impossible. Yes, this is an attraction, but it’s not like any other attraction at Disneyland Resort.

Related: Disneyland Releases Virtual Queue Guide for Rise of the Resistance Opening

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How does Rise of the Resistance change Galaxy’s Edge?

Here’s the thing: Just like Disneyland, Galaxy’s Edge will never be complete. It will always be growing, changing, evolving into something we never thought imaginable. But the land opened with only one attraction, so it’s safe to say that having this second ride — no, more than a ride, a second unique experience — added to Galaxy’s Edge truly makes a difference. We’re not going to say that the land “feels complete” now — we’ve always been fans. But as fans of Disneyland, Star Wars, and Galaxy’s Edge, we can confidently say that adding Rise of the Resistance to Galaxy’s Edge truly adds something very special to this land. There has been this lack of energy in this section of the land for some time — and finally being able to experience something here — and an E-ticket attraction at that — is remarkable, immersive, and exactly what was needed.

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What does Rise of the Resistance do for Disneyland?

Whether or not you think Star Wars belongs in Disneyland, you will be able to enjoy Rise of the Resistance. Whether you’ve seen all the Star Wars films or you don’t know anything about them, you will be able to enjoy Rise of the Resistance. And whether or not you’re convinced that nothing can top your favorite Disneyland Resort attraction of all time, you will be able to enjoy Rise of the Resistance.

This attraction is absolutely incredible. It truly brings together the best of what Walt Disney Imagineering is able to do. You feel completely immersed in the story from start to finish, and you are convinced that everything you’re experiencing is totally and completely real. And you should! Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance adds something to Disneyland that we can’t quite put our finger on. We will always love the Disneyland Resort attractions we grew up with, and our parents grew up with…but there’s something about adding Rise of the Resistance to Walt Disney’s first theme park that truly gives it a new life. Walt Disney always said that Disneyland would never be complete so long as there is imagination left in the world. And Rise of the Resistance proves that imagination truly still exists…and it’s not going anywhere.

Related: You May See This Familiar Droid Roaming Around Galaxy’s Edge

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Visit Galaxy’s Edge and ride Rise of the Resistance yourself!

Book a trip to Disneyland Resort with Academy Travel and live out your intergalactic dreams at the incredibly immersive land that is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! Try the Blue Milk, pilot the Millennium Falcon on Smugglers Run, step into Oga’s Cantina, and join the resistance. And of course, ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as many times as possible — it’s just that good. And when you’re done, explore everything else the parks have to offer at Disneyland Resort. Click here for a free, no-obligation vacation quote from the Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel.

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Are you excited to experience Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge? Have you had the chance to ride the attraction at Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

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