Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Pirates of the Caribbean Finally Re-Open After Day-Long Closure

Dylan Kennedy Grey

AT-ATs on Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Pirates of the Caribbean Finally Re-Open After Day-Long Closure

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance experienced extended downtime today, August 25, and had not opened from the opening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios throughout the day until nearly 6:00 pm ET. Pirates of the Caribbean also experienced extended downtime, and was only open for about an hour later this evening for regular park guests.

Downtime at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been plagued by downtime since it opened, and this is not the first time it had extended downtime resulting in a (near) full-day closure. It is one of the most technically complex rides at any Disney Park. Still, this stoppage was much longer than the average of 30 to 90 minutes.

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The ride had not opened at any point today, according to the MyDisneyExperience app, until almost 6:00 pm ET.

Walt Disney World Imagineers have several fail-safes built in to keep rides operational, especially in these multifaceted experiences. For example, when the Kylo Ren audio-animatronic at the end of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not operational, the ride still runs with an alternative “B-Mode”, depicting Kylo Ren in a TIE Fighter on a screen. Other technical problems have been skirted by only loading through one area, leaving other areas available for crews to work on technical problems without extended downtime.

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Disney has not shared further information about the downtime; however, guests who purchased Lightning Lanes are eligible for a refund due to the closure. Guests with a Lightning Lane for the experience will have their purchase honored, even if their Lightning Lane arrival window has expired due to the closure. As of 6:30 p.m. ET, the wait time for this attraction’s queue ballooned to 180 minutes, or three hours.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a trackless dark ride found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, with elements of motion simulation, drops, and walk-through experiences. Below is a full ride-through experience on Rise of the Resistance, with the ride fully operational and no “B-Mode” elements:

Downtime at Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean over at Magic Kingdom failed to open today until around 5:00 pm local time. With the park closing early to accommodate tonight’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this only gave regular park guests about an hour to access the experience.

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Recent closures at Pirates of the Caribbean have reportedly been related to protected bat species using the ride and the surrounding building as a nesting ground.

Have you experienced numerous show scene issues or problems overall with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? Are this fall’s frequent closures at Pirates of the Caribbean driving you batty? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Dylan Kennedy Grey

    You'd be hard-pressed to find someone more committed to sleeping in on a Disney vacation. At night, however, Dylan can be found closing down whichever park is open latest. He'd love to hear from you at dylan@wdwnt.com.