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

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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Article Posted: Oct 29, 2020 / 11:53am ET
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Movielover5 days ago

Well I don't claim to be a expert but I'm pretty sure that's a still picture... but if you want to call it a wall or screen that's fine by me! ;)

MisterPenguin5 days ago

Hey, let's restart the argument whether that's a "wall" or "screen" leaving it achingly ambiguous what our definition of "screen" is!!

SWGalaxys_Edge5 days ago

Building the entrance turret. credit: endorexpress (IG)

SWGalaxys_Edge5 days ago

Working on the AT-AT walkers - credit: endorexpress (IG)

SWGalaxys_Edge5 days ago

Working on the hangar. credit: endorexpress (IG)

gerarar31 days ago

Here’s an interesting POV. The AT-AT room was totally busted. The blasters and light effects were on an endless loop, meaning they didn’t reset after the previous RVs pass through. The sound effects of the blasters can be heard throughout the entire duration. There also was no “Detention block breached. Prisoners last scene on level D....There they are, fire!!” and the stormtroopers (the screens) were mia. And after the RVs of the cammer left the room, the blasters can still be heard on loop.

SWGalaxys_EdgeJan 17, 2021

yes...after unload, getting ready to head into the Disco Room to exchange with other cars.

gerararJan 16, 2021

I'm pretty sure this is after unload where the ride vehicles enters the tunnel backwards. You can see the RVs oriented backwards in the far back of the picture and they orient forwards as they proceed towards the disco room. The previous picture posted is the opposite view. The R5 with the red coloring is the same one in both pictures.

1HAPPYGHOSTHOSTJan 16, 2021

Where in the ride is this?

SWGalaxys_EdgeJan 16, 2021

Behind the Scenes - "Rise of the Resistance" - you can see several ride vehicles lined up here.

marni1971Jan 16, 2021

The wall decor is angled, the floor is not.

co10064Jan 16, 2021

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but are the ride vehicles on a slope here or is it just an illusion with the camera angle? I thought I remember users saying LPS vehicles don't handle slopes well...

SonconatoJan 15, 2021

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SWGalaxys_EdgeJan 15, 2021

Rise of the Resistance vehicles queuing up to enter the Disco Room to pick up new riders!