If you have been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios since Rise of the Resistance opened at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you may have experienced the jaw-dropping attraction. It does not take a Star Wars fan to appreciate how spectacular the ride is, and for many, that starts with the pre-show.
Disney World is known for the immersive pre-shows that are utilized in many attractions to set up Guests for the ride they are about to embark on. From the stretching room in The Haunted Mansion to the library in Tower of Terror, pre-shows have easily become part of the ride experience for many Guests.
On Rise of the Resistance, Guests get to experience what is arguably one of the most elaborate pre-shows that Disney has ever created. You start off saying hello to BB-8 and a hologram Rey, then you step into a transporter with Lieutenant Bek and Nien Nunb. Poe Dameron also appears onscreen as you are being briefed on your mission. Considering this simulates space travel, personally, I think it is one of the coolest aspects of the pre-show and attraction.
You then enter a giant First Order star destroyer bay filled with Storm Troopers, are interrogated, put in a detention cell until Resistance troops cut through the wall to help you escape, and then the ride really begins.
Today, it seems that the attraction boarding process is really moving quickly because the first two rooms, including the moving transport ship, are being skipped over. Mickey Views (@MickeyViews) noted that:
Today the Rise of the Resistance queue brings you directly to the Star Destroyer!
Today the Rise of the Resistance queue brings you directly to the Star Destroyer! pic.twitter.com/LwWqPQMbo6
— Mickey Views (@MickeyViews) April 26, 2021
Although this will get Guests on the attraction faster, it seems like a detriment to the storytelling that the ride posses to remove the first two rooms from the pre-show, specifically because they are so unique. Typically, the transport ship has been holding 10-15 Guests during the pandemic, which, of course, has been slowing down the attraction queue, so I understand why Disney is seemingly choosing to forgo that experience in order to move Guests efficiently through the attraction and get them to the Star Destroyer as soon as possible.
During this time, there are some other attractions pre-shows that have not been running, as they keep Guests from moving through the attraction efficiently. Since this has not happened consistently so far on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we are unsure if the change will last long or if this is just something Disney is doing as needed, but it is something to be aware of when you wake up at 7:00 a.m. (or, 6:58 a.m. to be safe) to secure your Boarding Group.
Do you think it is a big deal to miss the pre-show for Rise of the Resistance? Or would you rather move through the attraction as quickly as possible so you get to the ride faster? Let us know in the comments.