VIDEO - Changes to Star Wars Rise of the Resistance aim to increase capacity but may take you out of Batuu

Oct 29, 2020 in "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance"

Star Wars Rise of the Resistance - increased capacity October 28 2020
Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020 11:53am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney is continuing to work on increasing the hourly capacity of its signature ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and recent changes have brought in a lot more plexiglass and a trip to another planet.

Since reopening in mid-July, each pre-show has been limited to just a handful of guests, along with just one party per ride vehicle. The ride has struggled with capacity since it opened in 2019, and the the physical distancing requirements of COVID-19 have amplified the problem.

Boarding Groups continue to reach capacity within 10 seconds of becoming available, and many guests are unable to experience the attraction during their visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

For a complete look at the latest changes, see the video below from yesterday for a trip through the queue and full POV of the pre-shows and ride, and scroll down for more details of what's new.

Outside of the attraction, operations is making much more use of available queuing space. The line often begins in Grand Avenue outside of Batuu, and once inside, it snakes around the area in-front of the ride entrance.

Physical distancing markers on the ground are dotted around the entire land.

To try to accommodate as many people in the queue as possible, and to keep them 6 feet apart, guests now go for a mid-story break out of Batuu and back to Earth for a trip to the Muppets overflow queue. See the video above for exactly when this occurs, but it's roughly half way in the main Rise of the Resistance queue.

You even get a view of a bit of Studios history, with a look at part of the still standing Streets of America facade that is now hidden from normal view.

After queueing along the Muppet overflow queue, guests head back inside and are suddenly back in Batuu to continue the story.

Back inside and on-theme, new plastic dividers are now in place in the pre-show area, meaning many more guests can enter the room at one time.

The transport shuttle is now equipped with similar dividers, fitting many more guests in that was previously possible. 

Depending where you happen to be positioned, it does impact your view of the animatronic figure and other effects on the transport.

The interrogation rooms are now equipped with 4 ground markers to accommodate up to 4 parties, which fits in with changes to the main ride vehicles.

Over the past few weeks Disney has been testing various types of plastic shielding on the main ride vehicles, and they have settled on a rigid panel to divide the front and back rows.

The new dividers mean two parties can now ride in a single ride vehicle, which is why there is now a need to accommodate up to 4 groups in the interrogation room.

It remains to be seen how the changes will work out and if Disney will be successful in getting more guests through the attraction. Boarding Groups have continued to reach capacity within 10 seconds since the new changes were introduced yesterday, and the total number of boarding groups loaded did not significantly change. 

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Disone12 hours ago

I was just on left bridge. I did not notice broken left light on AT-AT. But..... Droid on my ride vehicle was not working. It did move up and down but it's head did not turn left or right.. Completely absent light saber from the ceiling. None of the cannons worked. B mode Kylo Ren on screen tie fighter. Left side of escape pod screen was black. Beck yacking with no sound. Overall a complete **** show. Coming off the a first time rider commented that that was "pretty good" but they don't know that they would have actually waited two hours for it. I wonder if their impression would have been different Had all those effects been working?

GimpYancIent2 days ago

Direct your complaints at this guy and his cronies. The Emperor without his cloak.

SplashZander2 days ago

Two ride effects status Ride 1 (left bridge vehicle) Broken left light on AT-AT Completely absent light saber on elevator A-mode Kylo All 3 cannons broken Missing Beck end audio Ride 2 (right bridge vehicle) - two hours later Working lightsaber All 3 cannons broken B-mode Kylo Beck audio working

gerarar2 days ago

Guess the Resistance doesn't need our help after all to defeat the First Order.. 🤷‍♀️

SplashZander2 days ago

Rise has been down for the past several hours.

Hawkeye_20184 days ago

Finally saw the Kylo B mode in person. Story wise, it made no sense. But, it's fine. That Kylo animatronic never worked for me, so I enjoyed something different.

gerarar5 days ago

Haven't seen/posted the stoppage at the bridge yet in this thread, Bek's extra dialogue never disappoints. Also it's interesting you can hear/see the escape pods sounds/flashing lights at that part.

Purduevian5 days ago

Lots of extra dialog and extra stops in this video from PCDEV Doesn't show all of the dialog but stops at: -Outside the bridge -Before the cannons -Before Kylo -bottom of drop pod -Line up after the drop pods.

Sirwalterraleigh5 days ago

But that’s the magnum…and I would have ridden that😎 I did live within 5 miles of all the Orlando parks at one time…by the way. Sea world hadn’t built coasters yet…however.

Bastet6 days ago

Loved Rise!! Rode it for the first time on Monday. I have spent the last 2 1/2 years trying to ignore spoilers so I dont know if some of it was in B mode or not.

Touchdown6 days ago

Clearly you’ve never lived close to a park you have a pass to. When I lived in Toledo, I most definitely rode the Magnum XL 200 roller coaster higher then that pace (mainly because at the end of every day I would do 3-5 laps on it to end my night.)

Sirwalterraleigh6 days ago

..:can’t do it with the celebration of bad sequels… Sorry. But did I mention that guardians is really good??

pdude816 days ago

Sirwalterraleigh6 days ago

I don’t know if I could go on a GOOD ride 80 times in 2 years…just saying.