We nitpick Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (It’s that good)

by Matt Roseboom

The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opened earlier this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We rode it quite a few times during the press event, and wow! We were so impressed with its execution that we couldn’t find anything wrong with it. To complain would just be nitpicking. So that’s what we’ve done here.

Before we get to our nitpicks, we just need to reiterate, the Walt Disney Imagineers really did an awesome job with this one. The Rise of the Resistance has set a new bar for all the other theme park attractions worldwide to meet.

As we were discussing what could be improved with the ride, we really couldn’t come up with anything. And the things we did think of, we dismissed as just nitpicking. As the definition says, these are unimportant faults, and yes, we are criticizing unnecessarily. But we will also answer our own nitpicks too.

Without further ado, and just to keep the Disney Imagineers’ and cast members’ heads from getting too big, let’s get into the nitpicks.
(Spoiler Warning)

Poe’s Head

NitPick: Poe is in the X-wing as we pass it on the way to our transport ship. BB-8 is moving around on top of the ship, but Poe isn’t. You can see Poe’s helmet through the dark cockpit glass, so shouldn’t it be moving around a bit?

Justification: Maybe he’s taking a quick nap, or intensely studying his flight pattern.

Size of the Hangar

Nitpick: Yes the hangar we exit onto after our transport ship is captured is huge, but it’s not as large as most Star Destroyer hangars we’ve seen in the movies. Think about the size of the hangar where the Millennium Falcon was when Luke saw Darth Vader strike down Obi-Wan. This one isn’t as large.

Justification: Not all hangars have to be the same size. It does fit our transport ship and a TIE-fighter, and could hold more.

Stormtrooper Movement

Nitpick: Only a few of the 50 Stormtroopers in the hangar move at all. Wouldn’t more of them be moving if they were real people? This also includes the two Stormtroopers you see later down the hall. They only turn their heads, and never move their arms or hands.

Justification: First Order Stormtroopers aren’t clones, but they are trained well. They run the risk of getting sliced in half by Kylo Ren if they don’t stand still.

Kylo Ren’s Helmet

Nitpick: Rise of the Resistance and all of Galaxy’s Edge takes place after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, but before “The Rise of Skywalker”. We saw Kylo destroy his helmet in “The Last Jedi” and in previews for “The Rise of Skywalker”, we see him wearing a rebuilt one held together with a red substance. So how is he wearing the one he smashed in Last Jedi?

Justification: Maybe he has more than one helmet?

Laser Blasts

Nitpick: In the Star Wars movies and shows, laser blasts visibly move through the air. Some of them seen in the ride look exactly right, but others are invisible. Plus the AT-AT laser blasts are seemingly shot across the ceiling where red lights are already present.

Justification: Maybe the air condition or settings on their guns can affect the types of lasers fired?

Kylo Ren Getting Blocked

Nitpick: Towards the end of the ride, Kylo catches up with you and pulls your ride vehicle towards him, then a laser blast from outside the Finalizer Star Destroyer hits behind him, causing air to rush out the hole in the ship. This knocks Kylo off balance, then a piece of the ship falls down in front of him, letting you escape. Why does a huge heavy chunk of the ship fall so slow? It be fair, it does’t fall slowly, but it doesn’t fall as fast as a real large piece of the ship would.

Justification: Maybe the piece was connected to another piece, causing it to slow its fall.

Miscellaneous Music, Smells and Porgs

• We like the music featured in the ride. It adds to the adventure and makes you feel like you’re in the movie. But we have seen complaints online that the music doesn’t fit – that if you were truly on a Star Destroyer, there wouldn’t be any music. We disagree, but it’s a nitpick.
• How about adding some smells? If we can smell Rome burning on Spaceship Earth, how about some blaster fire scorch smells?
• Every Star Wars attractions could use more Porgs. How about adding a few to the Resistance base queue?

OK, that’s all the nitpicks we could come up with. As you can see, most are pretty petty. Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments below.

Join us next time when we highlight some crazy good details you may not have noticed, but really add to the experience of Rise of the Resistance. The ride/experience is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (check out our FAQ about riding) and opens at Disneyland park on Jan. 17.

Here’s our video where you can see some of our nitpicks yourself:

Full Attraction Experience - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Florida

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James J Weir December 10, 2019 - 10:17 pm

nitpick on the hanger size nitpick. you say it should be larger like the one you mentioned in the movie…ah, but that hanger was on the Death Star, not a destroyer…so it most likely would have been much bigger!

Matt Roseboom December 11, 2019 - 8:01 am

That’s a good point. I’ll have to find a Star Destroyer hangar in one of the movies to compare.

L May 7, 2020 - 12:36 am

Loved, loved, loved the experience! The most important part of it was the incredible attention to detail. Honestly, with the incredible job done on this whole “experience”, who cares about whether this happened, or that happened, and where … or whether a character is “scary” or not. No character in Star Wars is “scary”. It’s not a horror film. It’s Sci-fi fantasy. The Rise of the Resistance experience is amazingly well done. Imagineers and production engineers have forever changed and raised the bar on interactive amusement experiences. Lucky enough to enjoy it several times before the COVID19 shutdowns. Can’t wait for a time when we can get back to enjoying RofR again!

TimGee December 11, 2019 - 11:24 am

Kylo Ren is a weak villain. He just isn’t scary. There should be more characters chasing you like Captain Phasma.

Many Plot holes: 1. Why did we return to Batuu after trying to escape it? Are we safe now?
2. Why are we thanked for not being tortured for not revealing the secret location? Seems ominous.
3. Assuming we returned to a safe location in Batuu, then we don’t actually know the location at Cabara since we aren’t told the coordinates.
4. Kylo Ren knows the Resistance base in Batuu and can destroy us at will. Are we doomed?
5. Inconsistent with Star Wars canon. Whenever a Rebel/Resistance base is discovered, they usually scatter as soon as possible. The Resistance left the planet in The Last Jedi just before Kylo Ren went into the caves.
6. Whatever intelligence Finn got in the destroyer, I wish I know more.

Cevan J Brown December 16, 2019 - 7:14 am

So glad I’m not the only one who felt leaving Batuu for a covert mission – then returning back to Batuu ‘mission failed’ – was not logical at all!

The First Order knows the Resistance is on Batuu (maybe not exactly where, but they will start sweeping the planet – so why is the Resistance not evacuating from the planet?)

Jort Laban December 16, 2019 - 12:19 pm

“Kylo Ren is a weak villain. He just isn’t scary. ”

And then you name Phasma 😂😂😂

1: correct, this doesn’t make sense. Kylo is also ON Batuu, making it very inconsistent he’s on the destroyer.
2: how do they even know, for all they known, we could have made a deal with Kylo
3: An escape pod is pretty sure to have a tracking device.
4: see point 2 and 3, so yes.
5: how on earth is PoE and Rey even on Batuu, this does not make sense in the Canon and was the exact reason Vi Moradi was created, to seperate it from the movies just enough.
6: the entire mission that make you part of the Resistance doesn’t really make sense at all and could use some tweaking. Actually escaping with something back to the base would fix that.

That being said, I’m really looking forward to riding this in September

TimGee December 16, 2019 - 2:18 pm

“Actually escaping with something back to the base would fix that”
I agree. They should have said Finn downloaded some intelligence into the droid so you escape with something useful. Remove thanking you for not revealing the location of Cabara. It should have a plot twist, a diversion. You’re actually there to support Finn with his mission as a hidden Plan B upon capture by Kylo’s Destroyer.
As for why there’s 2 Kylo’s, the Resistance base should be evacuated from Batuu. All we are seeing is the First Order occupation of Batuu while there are still some Resistance spies remaining.
The Batuu storyline is still fraught with contradictions and completely unfamiliar with most guests. And we don’t care either because we want Jedi’s and Siths. They should change it to Original Trilogy at some point as Tatooine.


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