Rise of the Resistance is conjuring jaw-on-the-floor illusions while everything else is playing simple tricks: The centerpiece attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is unlike any other ride we’ve ever been on. In fact, it takes a planet-obliterating laser to the expected paces of a theme park ride: You’ll snake through ancient caves harboring the Resistance’s hideout, get recruited by Rey and BB-8, board a transport bound for Princess Leia’s secret base and maybe find yourself abducted onto a First Order Star Destroyer—but that’s all on foot, and all before even buckling a seat belt. We won’t spoil what happens in between (seriously, the less you know about this 15-plus-minute experience, the better), but you do eventually find yourself seated in a zippy, Droid-navigated vehicle for a third act that’s packed with as much fun as the first two are with detailed storytelling and unexpected turns. Every dazzling minute of its trackless route feels like magic: You won’t even have time to wonder how those plasma-red blaster bolts are seemingly flying through thin air as you’re hurried into the next room to weave around the mechanical legs of a pair of imposing AT-ATs. It’s an astoundingly real experience and a bombastic fantasy ride all at once. It’s simply sublime; you’ll get off aching for just another moment in the impossibly vast hangar bay that peers into outer space.
Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Disneyland)
Tip: You might find yourself standing on a transport ship at some point in the attraction, and while everyone will gravitate toward a certain aquatic animatronic toward the front, look out the back during takeoff and feel free to walk around during the rest of the flight.
As of opening day (Jan 17, 2020), you’ll need to join a virtual queue in order to board Rise of the Resistance. Check out our full Galaxy’s Edge guide for all of the details.