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Why Rise of the Resistance is different than any Disney attraction

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Disney finally made it. They've managed to make a ride that will immerse you in the action of a Star Wars movie – with high-tech tricks and haunting theater storytelling to create a new class of theme park entertainment.

The ride is called Rise of the Resistance and is the main attraction of the Star Wars Land Galaxy's Edge.

In the park of the Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida, we took an early look at it before it became open to the public on Thursday. On January 17th the Californian Disneyland is opened.

Disney has long termed this as its most ambitious and technically advanced attraction. The 15-minute adventure is a mix of multiple driving systems, immersive theater, holograms, trail-less, droid-powered transport shuttles, audio-animated characters, video screens and blasterfire – all on film-sized sets.

Oh, sure, Star Wars rides have been done before. But what makes Rise so unique is how it plays with your mind – by changing the typical narrative of a ride by moving you between different areas, mixing people, animatronics, and screens as you move between environments, in a scale that you would not normally reach See all the main stars of the new trilogy on a ride.

You are not on a side mission in the Star Wars universe. Here Rey gives you the briefing. Finn ignites Blaster to cover your escape. Kylo Ren moves quickly and up close to hunt for you.

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Rise of the Resistance mixes and brings guests between different movie scenes close to the guests the first order.

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From beginning to end, I was awed by how fast everything was happening and trying to figure out how to trigger all these effects.

This is the first time that I have felt so close to the action with the main stars of the saga. And I just found myself so moved by all this – and yelled "WHAT !?" on every scene over and over – to the point where I wonder if this will change the future of theme park entertainment, where immersing guests into a universe means mixing theatrics and making them believe that this is an experience rather than just a ride.

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