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

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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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SWGalaxys_Edge14 hours ago

"Guest pushed wrong buttons on RotR"

SWGalaxys_Edge5 days ago

If you can sty long enough you will spot a few troopers moving. Heads turning arms moving - very very subtle, but it happens. If you are in the ITS again and you look out the front window as your ship is being brought onboard, you can see the stormtroopers running into the hangar room.

MisterPenguin5 days ago

Nothing but the size of it and immersion to make you gasp. CMs will let you just hang back and gawk for a while. Sometimes a CM in a trooper costume will surprise you by interacting with you.

jpwdis5 days ago

If you're asking whether a scene or performance of some sort is supposed to take place, no. It's honestly just a massive hangar that your shuttle got pulled into, so that's where you exit into as you make your way to the interrogation cells. The room itself and its sheer size is supposed to be the "wow" factor for guests. Essentially, just being in the room and experiencing it is what's "going on." Guests usually hover around in there for a few seconds to take a few pictures but, otherwise, you're just supposed to walk through it. Sometimes, especially recently, though, there's been a live-action stormtrooper or two commanding guests to keep it moving.

BatStang20005 days ago

We have ridden Rise twice in the past week and I am just wondering about something. Without giving away too much for those yet to ride, is there supposed to be something going on in the room with all the stormtroopers? We just walked through it both times.

SWGalaxys_Edge7 days ago

Imagineers used it to "ride the ride" as well...

gerarar7 days ago

Thought this was pretty cool! CMs trained via the use of augmented reality..

TiggerDad7 days ago

But it is a thread about how packed each of the parks are?

Dan Deesnee7 days ago

This isn't a thread about the virus.

Dan Deesnee7 days ago

Been here for 8 days and every park I've been to has been packed. Unless you're down here I'm not sure it's a good look to make comments like this.

_caleb7 days ago

Coinciding with the most reported coronavirus cases ever.

marni19717 days ago

All parks reached capacity this weekend.

SWGalaxys_Edge9 days ago

you're getting off topic so I am done with this discussion here.

Mike S9 days ago

Doing me a favor. I’m driving up at the end of the month. Looking forward to getting away from the worlds insanity for a bit to have some fun.