- In the Parks
I don't know if I agree that Indiana Jones is better - it definitely has some gaping weak spots that weren't covered up by the cool effects that have disappeared over the years - but I do think it's silly that there are no Stormtrooper AA's within the ride proper on Rise. Their projections all register as exactly what they are, especially the first onride encounter where you get real close underneath which puts you at an angle unsympathetic to their flatness. It would have made a noticeable difference for those to be AA's, even if their range of motion was more limited than the projection offers.Went on the ride for the first time last week. It is fantastic, thrilling and heart pounding. I agree with some posters on here that the full queue experience is almost better than the ride itself. That lead up into and through the transport ship is perfection. So exciting. I'm not going to echo all the amazing things this ride has to deliver that others already have, but.....
My only negatives: I will say that the criticisms concerning the "lack of diverse settings/a maze of hallways and pipes" is very much my biggest gripe. And the fact that there are ZERO Stormtrooper AA's in the entire ride is just unforgivable. They paid money for, what?, almost 50 of them to stand in the hangar? The projected Stormtroopers are SUPER cool, but c'mon. Also they need to fill in the deadspace/transitions.
That being said, it is a top tier experience and I am so happy it exists. But far from perfect. (Hot take: Indiana Jones Adventure is better.)
It does also bother me a little that those 50 Stormtroopers in the hangar all seem to be "minimatronics" - while they make for am impressive tableau when the Transport Ship doors open, none of them seem to offer either a meaningful amount of motion or any movement that feels actually lifelike. A few of them seem like they have oscillating fans under their helmets. It would have made a big difference if even a couple of them were given a bit more to do at odd intervals.
The guest is likely to wonder "wait, are they real, or are they just a bunch of propped-up empty suits?" and right now none of them really offer a compelling reason to believe they're the former and not the latter. Have one sneeze and make the guy next to him give him a look, just to shake things up. Storm Troopers aren't really known for being perfect soldiers, are they? I feel like they have a history of being able to convey some personality, which is important since the suits themselves work so hard to do the opposite.
I was very impressed with Rise, and none of this stood in the way of me enjoying it, but there do seem to be some things worth nitpicking. Though I understand that money does only actually go so far. Just because it mostly feels like this project was given a blank check certainly does not mean that was the reality, and I think for the most part they did a good job maximizing the money they spent. Relative to other projects in the last decade, at least.