Here's a new video peek inside Disney's next Star Wars ride

September 26, 2019, 10:56 AM · The Walt Disney Company this morning offered a video peek inside its upcoming Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride during the Good Morning America show on its ABC television network.

The sneak peek was the same look in that I got last month during the media preview day for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios. But Disney allowed its ABC television cameras to record video inside the scene, where we invited media were required to check our cameras and allowed only to post a single promotional photo from inside the ride.

The look is of the first scene inside the First Order Star Destroyer, where visitors will board their R5-driven ride vehicles. Exiting a captured Resistance ITS troop transport ship, piloted by Nien Nunb, you will enter the Star Destroyer hangar, where a platoon of Stormtroopers await, with a full-sized TIE fighter overhead.

During the GMA segment, we hear from Galaxy's Edge story lead Margaret Kerrison, who will be part of Bob Rogers' Legends panel at this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, which was announced earlier this week.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens December 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and January 17, 2020 at Disneyland.

Replies (13)

September 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM

First, it looks very good.

Second, I sadly await how this is going to turn into yet another "everyone hates the new movies so GE is a failure" debate we've already seen about three times this week alone.

September 26, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Time to show a new scene...the scene looks good but we've seen this both in concept art and physically a hundred times already.

September 26, 2019 at 12:11 PM

At 1:28, you can catch a glimpse at the first ride vehicle behind the host and the cast member as they exit into the Star Destroyer scene. There are handles on the columns and around the sides of the interior of the vehicle, as well as a clear gap in the doorway, confirming that this vehicle will physically move you from the pre-show briefing room to the Star Destroyer scene. The timing of this thing has got to be absolutely obnoxious to engineer, but I am on pins and needles in anticipation for it to open. I know there are rumors swirling that it might not be ready for December 5, so I take it as a good sign that the GMA host repeats that date for the opening. Just 2.5 more months!

September 26, 2019 at 12:32 PM

Someone on a thread a while back brought up the great point that had the Internet existed in the 1980s, we'd be packed with stuff on "Captain EO/Star Tours/Splash Mountain won't meet their opening dates and talk of issues with the effects so it must mean they're total disasters and will bomb."

September 26, 2019 at 12:53 PM

"There are handles on the columns and around the sides of the interior of the vehicle, as well as a clear gap in the doorway, confirming that this vehicle will physically move you from the pre-show briefing room to the Star Destroyer scene."

FWIW, I confirmed that last month: "You stand for this short ride, during which the ship will be captured by General Hux and the First Order.

"As for the ride experience here, think of a Star Wars version of the tram that takes you between the gates and terminal at the Orlando airport. There are multiple vehicles here, basically on a loop taking you around a corner to the Star Destroyer docking bay scene."

September 26, 2019 at 1:45 PM

Got to hope it's the big changer, for a so far underwhelming land.

September 26, 2019 at 3:15 PM

Not much revealed and it looked a bit underwhelming. Perhaps it was the negative impact of association with the faux enthusiasm of the cringey and decidedly uncool GMA hosts and audience.

September 26, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Good catch, Robert. And the interior of the vehicle even looks like a futuristic version of the MCO monorail!

September 26, 2019 at 4:52 PM

@Golden - While we've seen the footage before, it's very possible that many in the general public (not theme park followers) may have zero idea about RotR.

@Tony - In terms of GMA, we have to remember most (if not all) of that audience wasn't specifically there for Star Wars. This was less than 5 minutes of the 3 hour telecast....The was just one of many segments & the audience reaction was that of any in studio audience under direction. (Vs that of a comic or fan convention)

September 26, 2019 at 5:35 PM

Why not turn on the static stormtroopers?
Exciting to see Disney in desperate mode. I watched the Goldbergs last night, a show that I love but the whole "lets go to Disneyland, National Lampoon style" just didn't fit the show. Even Mur saying he would spent his last cent to save his family by going to DL was grinch worthy as was this feature.
Didn't Iger say he didn't need to advertise this thing? Well let's hope it works.

September 26, 2019 at 5:52 PM

@ OT,

It seems like most of the ABC promo is going to be this week. Black'ish had specific Galaxy's Edge references, & The Goldbergs had the DL objective. Add the GMA promo & it it appears like it's all happening this week. (Fresh Off the Boat takes place in Orlando, so that's going to be an easy plug)

This was obviously planned earlier (the shows went back into production over the summer) So there was always a plan in place, but it seems after this week the forced promos in the ABC series will be finished.

September 26, 2019 at 9:44 PM

From "The Goldbergs" Disneyland Trip Episode:

It's 1980-something. Adam is very excited to go on the new Star Tours ride. He exclaims:

"Star Wars teaming up with Disney is just so big! Sure, I wish they'd dedicate a whole land to Star Wars but that's just a little boy's dream."


September 27, 2019 at 12:55 PM

Only caught a few eps of "Goldbergs" but I gather that's a constant bit on the show, making cracks about "can you imagine something so crazy can actually exist in a few decades?"

And again, had Internet existed in 1987, you'd see the "bad buzz on Star Tours being delayed" and such.

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