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Disney’s new Star Wars ride looks right out of a movie set

It opens this December in Florida and January in California

an interior shot of Rise of the Resistance, which features an army of stormtroopers in a vast spaceship-like space Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

The first interior look at the massive Star Wars ride, Rise of the Resistance, shows off an army of Stormtroopers that looks straight out of a movie set.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens its doors in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29. Both the Orlando and Anaheim versions of the land are incomplete, however, as the final piece de resistance so to speak of the immersive experience is set to open doors on Dec. 5 in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020 in California.

A sneak peek at D23 showed a brief tease of the ride to come, which will put guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The teaser showed Galaxy’s Edge hero Vi Moradi instructing young heroes about their mission to come, along with towering AT-ATs contained within the ride. According to the Disney Parks Blog, Rise of the Resistance is “one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering” and if the sheer size of the preview picture is any indication, that might ring true.

In addition to the ride, Walt Disney World has one more Star Wars attraction planned: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive hotel experience that’s basically some really expensive live-action Star Wars roleplaying.

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