Is the new ride, Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, too scary for kids? I was lucky enough to check it out before it opened to the public — and here are my thoughts.
We are a huge Star Wars family, but that doesn’t mean that some parts of it don’t scare my little girls. They are currently 6 and 8, and they are a bit nervous when it comes to the Dark Side. Sure, this probably stems from Kyle Ren telling my youngest that he would come for her when she was older and ready when she was just 4 years old — but still. Of course, as a Dark Side lover myself, that remains one of my favorite Star Wars moments.
An Exclusive Invite
My family planned a Walt Disney World trip for January 2020, hoping that Rise of the Resistance would be open there by then. Lucky for us, it was announced that it would be. Then I got an invite from Disney that made my jaw drop — I was invited to check out Rise of the Resistance BEFORE it opened to the general public.
Of course I jumped at the chance. Not only because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but also because I would be able to screen the ride before waiting in line forever just to potentially have my girls scared out their minds.
Why Could Rise Of The Resistance Be Scary?
I wasn’t too worried about my girls, they are used to more mature things, as we have never treated them like little kids. However, I know that they have a weak spot for Kyle Ren and Stormtroopers. And not in a good way.
From the photos and video that were released I could tell that you are immediately greeted by a whole ton of Stormtroopers. I admit this made me a little nervous. No way am I going to let my girls back out on this new ride, but I am thankful I had the chance to check it out before taking them on it — so I could be prepared.
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I also knew from my time at Star Wars Celebration that the story behind Rise of the Resistance is that you are captured by the Empire. I also knew this was going to be a pretty dark ride, which could obviously scare those that are sensitive to this kind of a thing. As a mom of two young girls, I wanted to be mindful of their thoughts and feelings.
Although, if I am being honest, I was totally going to make them go on this ride no matter what.
So Is Rise Of The Resistance Too Scary For Kids?
The entire experience is very intense — but amazing. You are on a Resistance ship that gets captured by an Imperial ship, and that is just the beginning. The ship gets boarded by the First Order and they YELL at you to get off. Where you are met with an insane amount of Stormtroopers.
You are then directed into an interrogation room where General Hux — and Kylo Ren himself — meet you. Then you are freed by the Resistance and take quite the trip through the ship.
The opening parts could definitely be scary for young kids. Especially since the cast members are very much in character, and often yelled at us to stand against the wall and be quiet. The first appearance of Kylo could also be scary as he is intense and uses the force on you.
While inside your transport be sure to look around at EVERYTHING, because it is amazing…and just.. so big. More than you might expect. You are thrown in the middle of a few fights, and yes, the blasters can be scary for young ones.
Kylo Ren makes a few more appearances, and they do get up close and personal. You go backwards a few a times, and yes, there is a drop (but it’s not THAT bad). And a strong wind blast.
Overall kids might be a little scared, but it is well worth it to take them. The good outweighs the bad. Keep an eye out for Finn as well!
I would recommend ages 5 and up, unless they absolutely love Star Wars. There truly is nothing like Rise of the Resistance!
If you still have questions, check out my ride video which includes the entire escape portion!
If you haven’t been to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge yet, be sure to check out my Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run review.