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Disneyland's Rise of the Resistance ride is opening. How bad will the crowds be?

The opening of Disneyland's Star Wars land seven months ago represented the park's biggest expansion and a $1-billion investment that Walt Disney Co. executives hoped would pay off with booming attendance and a surge in the sales of space-themed food, glowing light sabers and plush Yoda dolls.

It didn't quite work out that way. After a crush of initial enthusiasm, crowds were noticeably thin last summer.

With the public debut Friday of the final piece of the 14-acre expansion - a high-tech, immersive ride dubbed Rise of the Resistance - Disneyland can begin to gauge

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