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Disneyland's second Star Wars land ride is delayed until January

Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

LOS ANGELES -- Disneyland announced Thursday that the second attraction at its new Star Wars land won't open until Jan. 17 -- after the peak winter holiday season.

The Anaheim, Calif., theme park had previously said the Rise of the Resistance ride would launch this year.

The ride is designed to put parkgoers in the middle of a fierce battle between resistance fighters and the evil forces of the First Order. An identical ride will open in December at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the largest expansion in the park's history, opened May 31 with only one ride in operation, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, an interactive simulator attraction that makes visitors feel as if they are flying the iconic spaceship.

Bob Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney Co., had previously promised Disney fans that Rise of the Resistance would open in 2019.

Instead, Disney said on its website Thursday that the much-anticipated Rise of the Resistance will open first at the Florida park before the Christmas holiday vacation and then at Disneyland in January, when families will have returned to work and school after the winter break.

 

Disney's website suggested that the California attraction would open later than the one in Florida because Disney engineers and ride developers can open only one ride at a time.

"As soon as work is completed at Walt Disney World, Imagineers will head back to California to complete their mission at Disneyland Resort where Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on Friday, Jan. 17," the post said.

Many Disneyland fans expressed frustration on social media over the timing of the opening at the Anaheim park.

Meanwhile, fans of Walt Disney World Resort, cheered the news that they will get to visit the new ride first.

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