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New Star Wars Rides May Help Boost Lighter-Than-Expected Crowds

  • Company invested $1 billion each in Florida, California parks
  • Galaxy’s Edge has surprised visitors with short wait times
Stormtroopers interact with attendees at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Anaheim, California.

Stormtroopers interact with attendees at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Anaheim, California.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Walt Disney Co. set the opening dates for attractions at new Star Wars lands in Florida and California, completing major expansions at a time when light crowds at Disneyland have surprised fans and observers.

Rise of the Resistance, a ride that puts guests in a simulated battle between the evil First Order and the rebels, opens Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Jan. 17 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.