Guests Evacuated From Rise of the Resistance, Learn Attraction Secrets

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The Force is strong with Disney’s popular new attraction Star WarsRise of the Resistance.

Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Guests look forward in their masses to joining the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order, in the high-tech, immersive experience like Disney fans had never seen before.

Unfortunately, the incredible technology that makes the Star Wars attraction so unique is often reported to break down, and some Guests at Walt Disney World experienced a very different story on Rise of the Resistance this week.

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Credit: Disney

Based at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance quickly became the hottest (virtual) ticket in town when it debuted in 2019. Guests wishing to experience the attraction need to join the virtual queue by getting a boarding pass via the My Disney Experience App.

Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios stopped the use of the virtual queue system back in September, and instead now allows Guests to wait in a standby queue to ride the attraction. Walt Disney World Guests can purchase Individual Lightning Lane to skip the standby queue for an extra $15 per person.

The Star Wars-themed ride features sequel trilogy characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley)Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)Finn (John Boyega)Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the adorable droid BB-8, but with multiple rooms, numerous animatronics, and incredible surprises, the ride relies heavily on an array of technology that often goes ‘down’.

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Credit: ITM Rebekah B.

Guests often discuss on social media the continual breakdowns of the popular ride, especially with Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s introduction of the new Disney Genie digital service. After paying $15 to ride the attraction, Guests express disappointment when certain features do not work. 

Yesterday, Twitter user Will Henderson (@ParkResearcher) experienced this disappointment after paying $15 for Lightning Lane access. The Disney Guest posted a photo after his ride vehicle broke down on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Evacuated off Rise.

First Order members can be seen in the revealing photo bringing a wheelchair to the ride vehicle for Guest assistance, while the lights have come on.

When asked if Cast Members stay in character, Will replied that these belittling First Order members told the Guests “Put your phones away and no pictures backstage.” and continued “So basically yea…”.

He then revealed that the Cast Members “Walked us through backstage. Never knew that this room was right next to the offloading exit area.”. What a treat to be able to see the backstage area of one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World!

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Credit: ITM Rebekah B.

Henderson stated that the new Lightning Lane offering from Disney has caused “frustrations”, explaining the costly outcome of the attraction evacuation with no refund:

This was in addition to paying $60 (four party members) last night for RISE and being evacuated. They only offered a new LL to everyone for the hour left in the park hours. $60 gone if I had to leave or had a dinner reservation.

Another Twitter user, Carson Martinez (@CarsonMart27), had a tongue in cheek reply to the Rise of the Resistance breakdown:

It’s good to know that even The First Order offers wheelchair assistance.


The disappointment of not being able to experience the full ride in its entirety after paying for Lightning Lane is understandable, but not many Disney Guests get a glimpse into the backstage areas of the Star Wars attraction.

Disneyland Guest Hastin recently posted a photo on Twitter showing a test screen in the detention cell scene, which usually features Guests’ first of several encounters with villain Kylo Ren, who activates his distinctive red crossguard lightsaber. 

The photo shows a very different detention cell experience, with Kylo Ren being replaced by a blank test screen. This would certainly take away from the determination of Guests to escape the detention cell and reach their travel pods.

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Credit: Hastin on Twitter

More on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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The official description of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction reads:

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a massive attraction with multiple ride systems 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 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.

Prepare for a thrilling, first-of-its-kind adventure!

Have you experienced a break-down at Walt Disney World recently? What fun backstage area did you get to see?

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