At last, the time for Disneyland to reopen is finally here. The park is set to open on Friday, April 30, but not without a few changes first.
This, of course, is all due to COVID-specific guidelines that are being put in place around the park — one of the most notable being that as of right now, only California residents are allowed to visit the Anaheim theme park. But along with that, a Star Wars ride is also going to be affected due to some of the state guidelines being put in place.
According to the L.A. Times, the ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge is going to have to take a cut when it comes to the ride time. Citing a rule from the California guidebook for theme parks and amusement parks, indoor rides can only last a maximum of 15 minutes. That puts Rise of the Resistance in jeopardy because, as Entertainment Weekly estimates, the ride lasts about 18 minutes total.
So, what can you expect to change from the ride? Here’s what the L.A. Times has reported about the upcoming changes:
"Disneyland representatives said the overall experience would be shortened by cutting down the “dwelling points,” where riders wait or stroll through the attraction."
Rise of the Resistance changes at Disneyland
That doesn’t necessarily clear up what guests will or won’t see. But it sounds like anything that’s considered the pre-show may have to be skipped over so that the lines are kept moving. For example, that may include Rey’s address to the audience as they funnel into the ride.
Something similar has been done over at Walt Disney World, with pre-shows for rides like the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster being skipped over. Still, that shouldn’t do much to detract from the ride experience overall, and it seems like everything else that fans love about the ride will be business as usual.
Other than that, in order to ride Rise of the Resistance, guests will have to use Disney’s virtual queue system to get a spot. Similar to how it’s done at Disney World, you will get two chances to book a spot. The first will be at 7 a.m., using the Disneyland app from anywhere. The second chance will be at 12 p.m., but you must be in the park to make the reservation.
Things may look different for those returning to the magical theme park world. But again, these measurements are only intended to be temporary. And hopefully Disney Parks will be up and running at their full capacities soon.