I waited 10 hours for the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride

Mark Potts, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

ORLANDO, Fla. -- No, I did not expect a 10-hour wait.

If you had told me that was how long it would take for me -- along with reporter Todd Martens and photographer Jay L. Clendenin -- to get onto Disney's new Star Wars ride at Disney World, I probably would have walked away and done something normal with my day. Like not wait 10 hours for a ride.

But I stuck it out. Why? Maybe because being a journalist means you sometimes can't avoid difficult situations.

Maybe because I grew up with "Star Wars" and nothing could stop me.

Maybe I'm an idiot. All these are probably true.

We were lucky that Walt Disney World decided to implement a boarding system where, once in the park, you check in through the Walt Disney World app and get in a boarding group for the ride. We arrived at 7:45 a.m., checked in and received boarding group 89. Our estimated ride time was "evening."


It was morning. The app said "evening." Those are two drastically different times of day. Like, one is at the beginning of the day. And one is at the end of the day. I know this is all obvious, but I want you to know that my brain couldn't immediately comprehend what was happening.

Luckily, Todd knows the Disney's Hollywood Studios park, inside Walt Disney World, like the back of his hand.

He took us to the Tower of Terror, where I almost vomited.

Then we went on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, a hilariously dated Aerosmith-themed roller coaster where they sing "Love on a Roller Coaster," instead of "Love in an Elevator."


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