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December 4, 2019 – Mark Hamill. You were right. Tell your sister, you were right.

Watch “Rise of the Resistance” Dedication Via Live-Stream Tonight

December 4, 2019 – After over 4 years of waiting, the jewel in the crown of Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge is about to be unveiled: Disney’s most immersive attraction ever – Rise of the Resistance – will be dedicated tonight.

You can watch the ceremony via live stream at Disney’s YouTube channel or at Disney Parks Blog on Dec. 4, 2019, at 6:55pm EST.

The dedication ceremony is part of the invitation-only media preview. The attraction will open to the public beginning Dec. 5th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando) and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland (Anaheim).

To see some spoiler-y highlights of the ride, watch the video below:

“Rise of the Resistance” Attraction: What to Expect

December 3, 2019 – Disney’s most immersive and expensive ride ever is about to launch in two days at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, and a reporter from CNN Business was granted early access.

CNN’s somewhat spoiler-y review of “Rise of the Resistance”, and information gleaned from Cast Members (Disney employees) who have been test-riding the attraction for the last several weeks, give us some valuable insights into what to expect.

Scott Trowbridge, a Disney Imagineer and one of the lead planners of the new ride, describes Rise of the Resistance as a “three-act structure”. (Warning: Spoilers for the ride follow below)

Act One

Rise of the Resistance is set shortly after the Battle of Crait scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Guests walk through the Resistance forest on the planet Batuu, where Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge is located. An outdoor queue snakes its way amongst forest trees, rockwork, and a waterfall. Guests then enter the hidden caves of Batuu, where Resistance fighters have set up their base of operations in the fight against the First Order.

Guests walk beneath these laser cannons and through a forest to the Rise of the Resistance attraction.

Walking through the tunnels, built by an ancient civilization, guests enter a pre-show area. Above eye-level is an audio-animatronic BB-8 and a hologram of Rey, who recruit and brief the guests on their mission for the Resistance.

Guests next enter an outdoor courtyard, walking past Poe Dameron’s X-Wing and BB-8, before entering a transport ship called the ITS or Intersystem Transport Ship.

Act Two

Aboard the transport ship, guests stand behind the audio-animatronic pilot, Nien Nunb, and Lieutenant Bek, a Mon Calamari communications officer. The ship’s doors close as guests watch a view screen of Batuu disappear below. Suddenly, the Resistance vehicle is intercepted and captured by the First Order and is directed toward a Star Destroyer hangar.

A Mon Calamari and a Sullustan pilot escort guests off the planet Batuu.

Poe Dameron, flying his X-Wing fighter, peels off to get back-up help.

The ship’s doors open to reveal a massive First Order hangar with a life-sized TIE fighter, 50 stormtroopers, and a 100-foot wide screen showing outer space beyond the hangar doors. Guests are hurried out of the Resistance ship by First Order officers and into a holding cell, with a view of Kylo Ren above.

Guests’ first view of the hangar aboard the First Order Star Destroyer.

Guests formulate an escape plan from the holding cell and hurry toward an eight-seat trackless ride vehicle (two rows of four seats each), commandeered by the Resistance and driven by a hacked droid.

At Star Wars Celebration Chicago (11-15 April 2019), fans were able to view a full-size mock-up of the First Order Fleet Transport vehicle.

Act Three

Seated for the first time, guests remain on the First Order Fleet Transport vehicle, which winds its way throughout the Star Destroyer looking for an escape pod to take guests back to Batuu. Along the way, guests encounter full-size AT-AT’s, Stormtroopers firing at them, Kylo Ren and General Hux, and First Order droids.

An elevator leads the vehicle to another level, where guests zip through a laser-cannon room firing at Resistance ships in space.

Aboard the Star Destroyer, laser cannons fire at Resistance ships.

The vehicle then runs into the head/cockpit of an AT-AT and, further along, Kylo Ren again, his red lightsaber cutting through the ceiling above guests’ heads.

Here comes trouble.

In the nick of time, Poe Dameron and other Resistance fighters arrive to help guests escape back to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu.

The attraction runs anywhere from 15 minutes (according to Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks) to 18 minutes (according to the CNN Business report). More likely, it is nearer 15 minutes as Cast Members will not allow guests to dawdle in order to increase ride capacity per hour.

A movie-style poster promotes “Rise of the Resistance”, opening Dec. 5th, 2019, at Walt Disney World and Jan. 17th, 2020, at Disneyland.

Stats at a Glance

Rise of the Resistance boasts some new records:

● The largest concrete pour in the history of Disney Parks
● Full-size AT-AT walkers and TIE fighters
● 50 audio-animatronic stormtroopers
● 65 total audio-animatronic figures
● Three highly detailed humanoid audio-animatronics, which are Disney’s next-generation A1000 series figures. They have greater human-like speed and fluidity of movement using new “pancake” motors.
● New patented proprietary effects, including the illusion of a moving beam of light in in the air to replicate laser blasts as well as “daylight-viewable muzzle flashes”
● Eight-seat trackless ride vehicles that zip left, right, forward and back in unpredictable patterns
● Custom-made projectors and lenses to create hi-def projections and holograms, built via a Disney-Panasonic partnership
● More than five million lines of code were written to synchronize the simulators, robots, lasers, sound effects and other props
● A drop-elevator effect similar to Disney’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction

Contest to Meet Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley or Adam Driver

December 1, 2019 – The odds are a million to one (or likely worse, so we really shouldn’t be telling you the odds). But here is your chance to get flown out to Los Angeles, hosted at a 4-star hotel, and to meet Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley or Adam Driver at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Each celebrity entry is linked to a specific charity: Mark Hamill for certain disadvantaged kids from South and East Los Angeles to prepare them for college; Daisy Ridley for Nigerian beneficiaries requiring help in health and education; and Adam Driver for “Arts in the Armed Forces”, which he co-founded in 2008.

A donation of $10 gets you 100 entries; $25 gets you 250 entries; and so on through $5,000 for 50,000 entries. To comply with U.S. federal sweepstakes laws, no purchase or donation is required, so you can participate for free if you wish. The sweepstakes end Dec. 1, 2019, at 11:59pm PT, winners announced Dec. 13th.

How to Make Star Wars Snowflakes

November 27, 2019 – Add some Star Wars Holiday cheer to your home or office with these free cut-out patterns from AnthonyHerreraDesigns.com.

The intricate snowflake designs include character heads (Luke, Leia, Greedo, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers); vehicles (A-Wings, U-Wings, Y-Wings, TIE Fighters, TIE Interceptors); creatures (Wampa, Rancor); droids (C-3PO, R2-D2, BB-8) and many more.

The square snowflakes cut into four identical patterns. The circle snowflakes produce eight identical patterns.

You will need:

● Paper (to print the free downloadable patterns)
● Scissors
● A sharp X-acto knife or similar cutting tool

A sample of Star Wars snowflake patterns available from AnthonyHerreraDesigns.com

A big “Thank You” to Anthony Herrera for sharing these brilliant patterns and ideas.