If you feel like the lines for amusement park rides are always longer than the rides themselves, you won’t have to worry about that with Disneyland’s new Star Wars ride. Located inside Disney’s newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the ride called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is a lengthy experience designed to fully immerse guests in the story of the Resistance and the First Order. On her podcast Theme Park Stop, Alicia Stella, writer for the Disney and More blog, reveals that the ride features over 300 animatronic figures, and estimates that it could run for as long as 28 minutes.
In the teaser video (above), Scott Trowbridge, studio leader at Walt Disney Imagineering, calls the ride “the most epic attraction we’ve ever built.” And by the looks of it, he’s right. Guests begin the ride on the Star Destroyer, and are then taken prisoner by the First Order before members of the Resistance come to save them on trackless vehicles. “This attraction invites you to be a recruit to the Resistance and stand up against the First Order,” said Trowbridge. “And you even come face-to-face with Kylo Ren. You make it through that, you get back to the planet, you’ll be a hero of the Resistance.”
If this sounds like enough action to fill a feature film, it’s because it almost is. Given the detailed experience and wide breadth of the storytelling, it’s no surprise this ride is expected to run nearly a half-hour long. While no specific date has been set, Rise of the Resistance will open when the Star Wars park itself opens this coming June.