Last week Disney opened its second flagship ride of the decade. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is an interactive ride (part of it is trackless); guest can have different experiences each time through, depending on where they sit (navigator, artillery, or engineer) and depending on choices the navigator makes which influence the story (somewhat).
There is some serious innovation here. The downside will be that because it is so cutting edge, it will date technically as new multi-player, and multi-story technology comes on stream. This ride will ironically help boost the prospects of that kind of tech, so Rise of the Resistance may need a refresh sooner rather than later. Maybe that’s already in the roadmap.
Mechanically the scale is enormous–reportedly with 18 show areas and 4 ride system types. There are also reportedly 65 animatronic figures.
This is a resurgence for Disney rides after Universal led in projection-driven rides through most of the last twenty years, starting with Spiderman in 1999 (originally film!) through the Potter rides.
The ridethrough below is from Inside the Magic’s YouTube channel.