Local ‘leaks’ can go both ways. Some turn out to be remarkably accurate – others over the years not so much. There has been a whole lot of hype surrounding the new Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Consequently there has been much conjecture about Star Wars – Rise Of The Resistance. So here fresh off the rumor mill are this weeks purported ride details which if true could turn into big fat spoilers – so read on or not? Are we spilling the beans or repeating baseless rumors – only time will tell, but it makes for a fun read!
Apparently dozens of brave souls (so we are told) will be loaded on a ride vehicle, and spun around simulating a take off from planet Batuu into the blackness of space. Unfortunately the ship will be seized by the First Order who will force it to land in one of their Star Destroyer Hangars – yikes!
Captured guests then exit into the hangar under the watchful eye of animatronic stormtroopers. The First Order will then instruct their rebel ‘prisoner’s to enter individual load rooms a dozen or so at a time where they are to be incarcerated. Once in these holding ‘cells’ a droid will give the standard Disney safety talk whilst also filling you in on some back story details.
Uppity rebel guests will then be loaded onto trackless vehicles and travel through 4 superbly themed and detailed show rooms. First up is a blue room where a ‘rogue droid’ will hack into the First Orders system take control of the guests vehicle and initiate your big escape . The second room is apparently a hallway inside a Star Destroyer where you will encounter well known animatronic villain Kylo Ren complete with light sabre. You will flee (good plan!) and your ride vehicles will reverse course into room number 3.
Here you will find the At-AT walkers that move their heads and breathe fire – avoiding them involves guest vehicles traveling up individual lifts to more than 40feet high…which is of courses where you encounter Kylo Ren (again) and General Hux discussing the escape attempt in an animatronic sort of way.
Finally you will slip away into ‘the gun room’ featuring a row of very large weaponry blasting away so you ‘rebels’ get to feel the power of what you’re up against. Giant window-like screens let you observe the resistance fleet getting blasted. (Not good!) In a final twist you will come face to face with Kylo Ren (this is getting to be a thing!) who just as he is about to make you very sorry you ever showed up is caught a huge blast that hits the Star Destroyer. Quick – time to go!
Some useful intel from the resistance arrives about some very handy escape pods – but not before one more encounter with KR who harnesses THE FORCE to keep guests motionless as he makes his way towards them. But then there’s a diversion – your chance to get the heck out with your vehicle backing up into its own escape pod. Hang on! Those escape pods are actually lift shafts that will drop you from the highest point in the show building and blast you back out into space! Naturally you then make your very own crash landing into an old warehouse before entering the dreaded gift shop.
Breathless we are! True is it?