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.
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.
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?
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: