Massive Effect Missing on Rise of the Resistance, Guests Devastated

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Star Wars Rise of the Resistance start of queue

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At Walt Disney World Resort, there are a ton of attractions that Guests flock to every day. At Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain are among some of the more popular attractions. At EPCOT, Test Track and Frozen Ever After tend to see long lines. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Flight of Passage tend to harness massive waits. And Hollywood Studios, Tower of Terror, and Slinky Dog Dash can drive quite a line.

rise of the resistance stormtrooper room
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But, there is one ride at Disney that almost always has a longer line than the rest. Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is an e-ticket attraction at Hollywood Studios and arguably the most popular ride in the Parks. When it comes to Lightning Lane costs, Rise of the Resistance has the most extensive price tag ranging up to $20.00 per person per ride, and they are always sold out in seconds each morning. Wait times tend to be around 4-5 hours at times, and Guests will gladly wait.

The unfortunate thing about this attraction is that it tends to break down often, and it could make that multi-hour wait end up happening for nothing. Yesterday was May 4th, which meant that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge was flooded with Guests. Many were dressed up as iconic characters, and all had their lightsabers with them for an epic lightsaber finale to the day, where hundreds of sabers shot up in the air with light. Of course, Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run were two popular attractions that Guests could not get enough of.

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Credit: ITM Rebekah B.

Over the past few weeks, we have noticed that every time we ride the attraction, however, the second Kylo Ren animatronic scene has not been functioning, and last night, we were able to see that it still was not working. The animatronic and stage is fully missing from the attraction. We saw others reports that throughout the day, other Guests noticed the same so it seems that this was not just an evening issue, and likely, has been an issue for the attraction for quite some time as we have not seen the animatronic for a while. That being said, the Kylo Ren animatronic may have been working over the past few weeks, but not while we were on the attraction.

Although many Guests would rather be able to ride this E-ticket attraction without Kylo than not, for those who are paying for Lightning Lane and Disney Genie+, or, those who are spending hours in line for the attraction, it is unfortunate that the scene is not in effect as it is one of the most amazing visuals of the attraction! Some Guests leaving the ride were discussing the missing animatronic yesterday, and noting how sad they were that they did not get to see the scene.

kylo ren and general hux rise of the resistance
Credit: ITM Rebekah B.

More on Disney Genie+

Disney Genie+, the paid aspect of the system, allows Guests to use the Lightning Lane when their return time strikes — which has replaced the previously free FastPass lane. Then both theme park resorts have a la carte options where Guests must pay varying costs per ride, per person to ride the attraction. Disney Genie+ costs $15.00 per person per day for Disney World Guests and $20.00 per person per day at Disneyland. The cost for Disney Genie+ is slightly more expensive at Disneyland, and so are the a la carte options. Rise of the Resistance has hit costs of $20.00 per person per ride, which would essentially double the daily cost of Disney Genie+ if Guests wanted to Lightning Lane the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, as well as use the paid system for other attractions.

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A la carte options tend to sell out the fastest, as there are only so many to give out, and everyone goes for them in the morning as they are not scattered like the other Disney Genie options, therefore, speed and internet connection do matter for trying to get a Lightning Lane on the following attractions at Walt Disney World.

Related: Disney Retires Free FastPass in Favor of New Paid “Lightning Lane” System

Those attractions are: 

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest
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Credit: ITM Rebekah Barton

More on Rise of the Resistance

According to Disney, the ride is described as:

An Attraction on a Scale That Is Impressive, Most Impressive
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!
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.

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

Star Wars Rise of the Resistance start of queue
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While you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. By the Chinese Theater, Guests prepare to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always boasts a long line with others shooting their shot on Midway Mania or spinning their brains out on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk, or green milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!

What do you think about the Kylo Ren scene missing from Rise of the Resistance?

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