Did Disneyland Shave 3 Minutes Off of Rise of the Resistance?
If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog then you know that today was a HUGE day for Disney fans! Disneyland theme park has officially opened to the public after 412 days of closure!
Here at MickeyBlog we’ve shared lots of images of fans flocking to the park to enjoy their favorite attractions and chief among them was Rise of the Resistance. This Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction had only been open for two months when the theme park was closed down due to COVID-19.
This means that many Disneyland fans are riding this state-of-the-art ride for the first time. But did Disney have to make cuts to the attraction in order to open it? This was a question raised in a recent piece in Entertainment Weekly.
As the EW article tells us, state guidelines in California restrict the runtime of Rise of the Resistance. The ride which features an intricate ride system and impressive storyline comes in at a mighty 18 minutes long. This is apparently three minutes over California’s time limit for indoor rides which cannot exceed 15 minutes.
The article argues that Disneyland has probably made adjustments to the experience in order to avoid having to keep the ride closed until restrictions are relaxed further. After all, it is expected to be one of the most popular rides at Disneyland.
This EW piece is similar to an article appearing in the LA Times where the paper talked to Disney about this very issue. A spokesman told the Times on Friday that all of the major plot points off the attraction will not be cut. Instead, Disney’s solution is to cut down the “dwelling points.”
Dwelling points are areas where riders are waiting or walking through the ride. According to the Times this could potentially include scenes where the audience is being interrogated by Kylo Ren or when the Stormtroopers enter a hanger bay (see above.)
The spokesperson speaking to the Times also suggested that portions of Rey’s holographic speech at the beginning of the Rise of the Resistance may also be whittled down a bit.
Disneyland is working hard to make sure it abides by California state guidelines including the suggestion that indoor rides are limited to 15 minutes in length. The park has also agreed to follow other guidelines suggested by the state including suspending single-rider lines and making sure queuing happens outdoors and when inside markers must be in place to ensure that guests remain 6 feet apart.
Guests should know that if Rise of the Resistance is top of your must-do list, Disneyland has tried to eliminate excessive queueing by introducing a virtual queuing system. This allows you to reserve a spot using the Disneyland app and then go to the ride when it is your turn.
You can find out more about the virtual queue here.
Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for more news regarding Disneyland’s opening weekend!
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