When Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge began its soft opening at the end of May, it was with the understanding that its second major attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance would open in the Fall. This appear to be have been an optimistic appraisal as a new opening date has surfaced: January 17th, 2020.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ride will open at Disneyland after its Florida counterpart in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World debuts on December 5th. The attraction is said to be the longest experience Disney has ever devised with guests finding themselves captured and transferred onto a First Order Star Destroyer. They are then given the opportunity to join Kylo Ren’s group of wannabe Imperials or rededicate themselves to the Resistance. Both Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley reportedly shot new material for the ride, but it is also possible live action stand-ins for the characters may also appear in the attraction — which is a combination of new ride technology and a walkthrough show.
It sounds incredible, and will definitely breathe life into the Resistance camp area of Galaxy’s Edge. On a recent return to Disneyland, we noticed the area is remarkably quiet and empty when compared to the Black Spire Outpost nearby. Although, we’ll discuss Disneyland’s seemingly slow summer in an upcoming update to our original Galaxy’s Edge review.
In the meantime, it seems those planning their Galaxy’s Edge visit would do well to wait until after the Christmas holiday season. They may find the experience more rewarding.