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Bob Chapek, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, is joined by a cast of Star Wars characters for the official dedication of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Dec. 4, 2019

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — After years of planning and development, the highly anticipated ‘Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance’ has finally opened to the public at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Described as “the most ambitious, immersive, advanced, action-packed attraction” Disney has ever created, ‘Rise of the Resistance’ debuted on Dec. 5 with a special dedication ceremony hosted by Bob Chapek, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

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“Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sets a new standard for what a theme park experience can be,” he said. “Tonight, we’re welcoming the world to experience the Star Wars galaxy like never before.”

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The attraction will also debut at Disneyland Park in California but not until Jan. 17, 2020.

With the use of massive sets, guests will feel like they’re stepping inside a Star Wars film as they elude Kylo Ren and the First Order in a mad dash through a Star Destroyer. Actors from the most recent Star Wars movies, including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Issac, filmed scenes for the ride during the production of ‘’Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.

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Rise of the Resistance is the latest chapter in the collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., a partnership that dates back to 1987 when the groundbreaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland.

The new attraction adds to the many adventures found inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the 14-acre land that opened earlier this year at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Highlights include the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction, galactic food and drink, character encounters, and interactive retail experiences that allow guests to craft their own lightsabers and build their own droids.