One minute, you take selfies with an X-wing of the Blue Squadron, the next minute you are dragged into a galactic space battle.
That's how it happens in Galaxy's Edge, the Star wars open land at Disneyland this summer and at Walt Disney World in the fall.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver will join you in creating a video featuring Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren a presence in the attraction.
As part of the Disney Theme Park attractions visit by EW, we present you the visit we received from this unfinished hike, which will take you out of the world aboard a Resistance Transport, in the belly of a first order. Star Destroyer, and in the sights of a pair of AT-AT giants.
This is what we know so far.
Here's what it looks like inside Rise of resistance.
A roll through the woods
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The waiting line begins under a moving gun turret, which forms a vaulted passage leading to a path leading to ancient alien ruins dug into the rocky cliffs of the Batuu planet. (You can see it just to the left of Wing A in this model image.)
The ground is covered with hardened mud (concrete, but … accompany it) where you can see footprints of Resistance soldiers and traces of a R2 astromech droid.
In fact, it's the R2 astromech – R2-D2. For real.
"We had access to one of the original Kenny Baker, New hope The droids of the 1976-1977 period, and we took friction down the droid's feet, "says Paul Bailey, Imagineering's exhibition systems engineer.
He then digitized these treads and turned them into three wheels on a small trolley.
"I'm going to set the stage for you," says Kirstin Makela, Artistic Director of Imagineering. "There is a busy construction site. There are many people around, pouring hardscape concrete. Suddenly, one of them jumps on this little cart and someone else pulls it through the concrete. "
Like that, R2-D2 has left its mark.
Even if not Star wars fan has always studied the bottom of the rolls of this droid, it shows the extreme effort of fidelity sought by the artistic directors.
The R2 tracks continue along this winding, tree-lined path until we reach the caves, which are artificial – or extraterrestrial, as we think we lived in Batuu centuries ago.
"The Resistance likes to settle in the ruins of ancient civilizations, like Yavin 4," says John Larena, Creative Director at Imagineering, referring to the base of the Temple of the Death Star in 1977. Wars of the stars.
The history of Galaxy's Edge is that the Resistance and the First Order are both visiting Black Spire Outpost in search of something Episode IX will illuminate that more.)
"The idea is [the Resistance] set up just a week ago. And if they need to run, they can quickly leave this place, "says Larena.
Inside the carved living spaces of the ancient Batuuans, which resemble a Pueblo, the Resistance volunteer row passes in front of an animated Gonk droid, which is basically a battery running, feeding the lights and equipment of communication.
"There are a lot of resistance technicians here," Larena said, waving at the cables and communication screens hanging randomly on the walls of the cave. Throughout the line, guests will watch shows evoking an encroaching Legion of the First Order.
But there are other things to explore too. The line winds through a cave with a dry aqueduct and shallow troughs in the rocky plateaus.
"These were depressions used to clean and wash things," says Larena smiling. "But now, it's good to sit down."
A little further, the line crosses an old place of worship, although the little alcoves of the wall, lined with stones with mineral tears, lack sacred objects that they once held.
The Play Disney Parks app on visitors' phones will provide them with information throughout the conversation, though sometimes it only raises unanswered questions.
Nearby is another mysterious room, with many arches in closed sealed stone with smaller smooth rocks.
"Is it there that people would sleep … or is it where the beings are buried?" Larena said.
Resistance Control Center
Good ones do not pay much attention to ancient archeology sites. They used laser torches to open the ruins to create a larger space for their blaster arsenal and flying equipment. Indiana Jones would not approve, but in the heat of the moment, you do what you need to do.
The Play Disney app can be used to read the names of certain X-wing combinations, printed in the Star wars Aurebesh language.
When you enter the heart of the resistance control, a familiar droid appears: BB-8. He comes with a Ridley hologram under the name of Rey, inviting visitors to board a means of transport for a mission led by Poe Dameron.
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From there, a bay door opens and guests are pushed past Dameron's iconic black wing and into the luggage compartment of a carrier piloted by another well-known Star Wars personality – Nien Nunb, Sullustan's extraterrestrial co-pilot who helped Lando Calrissian. jump the second star of death.
An animatronic version of the character barks his passengers from the front, his jowls beating like a stack of pancakes. For voice, Imagineers hired Kenyan actor Kipsang Rotich, who dialogued with the character in his native languages, Kalenjin and Kikuyu, in both languages. Return of the jedi and the force awakens.
Like the R2-D2 songs, no detail was too small to be authentic.
Takeoff and capture
Once the transport doors are closed, visitors look on screens when they are allowed to take off. Before the ship gets up, Isaac leaves the control center and climbs into his X-wing, continuing to communicate with Nunb and your ship as you all take off in space.
Shortly after, the convoy is intercepted by a first-class destroyer of stars. Poe can not fight alone, so he has to withdraw, promising to bring back help.
A tractor beam pulls the means of transport into the destroyer and, when the doors open, the guests are in a huge auditorium-sized shed, filled with dozens of Stormtroopers and hung on the wall with TIE Fighters.
The stormtroopers will be animatronic, with a slight movement suggesting they are alive, but they will also be slightly smaller than what the visitors realize to create the illusion that the hangar – which is really gigantic – is even bigger.
You can see the disparity in this picture, showing that the TIE fighter on a far wall is much smaller than the humans who work there.
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"Move, rebel Resistance!" This is not normally the way the operators of Disney attractions speak to customers, but in this case, First Order guides have the right to corrupt themselves. These are the bad guys.
The interrogation room and … escape!
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From there, visitors are thrown into a room similar to the one where Kylo Ren once tortured Poe Dameron. You will not stay here long. Soon, you will learn something precious that the Resistance will need to fight the First Order, and once you are out of this cell, the real adventure continues.
Disney park officials will not say exactly how long Rise of the Resistance lasts, but they say it's not the 28 minutes that have been the subject of online rumors.
Once you leave the interrogation room, you climb into a wagon that will guide you through the rest of the race, sliding into a shed that contains two awesome AT-Ts and finally bringing you face to face with Kylo Ren .
The exact appearance of Finn and him in the race is still poorly known, but the Imagineers confirm that Driver and Boyega are both involved in the realization of the characters.
It is unclear how the exit will take place, but it is safe to assume that it will eventually get you to the Black Spire outpost, probably near the wreck of a gigantic spaceship where the scrap merchant Savi, the secret lightsaber manufacturer, is known for recovering materials.