Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge finally opened its second big attraction, Rise of the Resistance recently, and it's one of the most ambitious rides that Disney has ever produced for one of its theme parks. Unfortunately, it hasn't been smooth sailing out of the gate, as the first two days of the ride's run at Walt Disney World have been plagued with breakdowns and long wait times.
Rise of the Resistance is the second ride to open at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, alongside Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run. But this new ride is a much larger experience, running roughly 15 minutes, making it one of the longer rides in Disney Parks history. As such, many fans were eager to see what all of the fuss was about, which made for large crowds and high demand on opening day, December 5.
Reports of various issues flooded social media in the first two days. First and foremost, the ride was suffering breakdowns, which made it exceedingly difficult for Disney World to move people through the attraction. As a result, some visitors stood in line fruitlessly for long stretches of time. One Twitter user, who goes by lyna, explained the situation thusly.
"Rise of the resistance has broken down twice while i was in line. this is literally the second time i have been given a fast pass to come back ... silence."
Those who were in line during the breakdowns were forced to leave the area. As a result, Disney was indeed handing out fast passes to those who were in line. But, based on some of the chatter on social media, that did little to alleviate the situation for certain park goers who were caught up in the mess. Outside of the breakdowns, heavy demand made the situation difficult as well. The park turned to its virtual queue, which hands out numbers to those who wish to ride the attraction. They were all snatched up and a sign, which reads as follows, was on display outside of Rise of the Resistance.
"We apologize, at this time all boarding groups for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance virtual queue have been distributed for today. Visit My Disney Experience for updates."
Despite the Star Wars Land hiccups, those who have had the chance to enjoy the ride have praised it as one of Disney's finest attractions to date. Some have questioned whether or not Galaxy's Edge has been a success, given lower than expected attendance in the early months. But many fans were likely waiting for the experience, and Rise of the Resistance is part of that experience. The ride is set to open at Disneyland on January 17, 2020. Be sure to check out some of the reactions from Twitter below.
Rise of the Resistance is a bust. It’s not even 9am and I’ve already been called for my boarding group, got evacuated, for a paper to come back, used that, and got evacuated again. Even universals hagrid opening wasn’t this atrocious— 🤔 (@suseonhwa_) December 6, 2019
entering a 400 minute Rise of the Resistance queue on 12/5 for a potentially down attraction pic.twitter.com/vn3OqzY2EL— Rise of the Bretsistance (@Schmoofy) November 30, 2019
rise of the resistance has broken down twice while i was in line. this is literally the second time i have been given a fast pass to come back ... silence— lyna (@padmesus) December 6, 2019
NOOOO!!!!! We were so close to go into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The ride is down for the night. Waited 11 hours! Very disappointed. We flew in this morning and got into the park at 8am. @WDWGuestService@WaltDisneyWorldpic.twitter.com/gP1xYNMaGO— Attractions 360° (@SoCal360) December 6, 2019
Disney’s newest villain - the Rise of the Resistance A-Frame pic.twitter.com/Cd5X2W51U4— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) December 6, 2019
OPENING DAY...Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance keeps going down. Will anyone get to ride this thing @WaltDisneyWorld— GrimmLifeCollective (@grimmlife) December 5, 2019
Rise of the Resistance broke down 30 mins into operation and there are no more boarding passes for the day. This stinks.— Brittany the Elf 🎄 (@badtakesbg) December 5, 2019
Rise of the Resistance has distributed all of the available boarding groups before scheduled park open for a second day in a row. If you don't have an assigned boarding group yet, you can't ride today #RiseOfTheResistancepic.twitter.com/lxWHW908CU— BlogMickey.com (@Blog_Mickey) December 6, 2019
Amazing! After going on some of the Best Dark Rides around the World, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is now ranked #1 on our list. This ride is simply jaw-dropping! It's insanely incredible! We had goosebumps. 😭 pic.twitter.com/3uEYhrOYsx— Attractions 360° (@SoCal360) December 6, 2019