LIGHTSABERS just got serious – as Disney unveils more details about the treats awaiting guests at the Star Wars-themed hotel.
When Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opens at Walt Disney World Resprt in Orlando next year, it won’t just offer bed and board in a galaxy far, far away. That would be far, far away too easy.
Instead, families will find that their entire stay is a two-night immersive and fully interactive experience – complete with all manner of sci-fi special effects and out of this world tech.
Typical of the attention being shown to detail is the new type of lightsaber Rey is holding in her hand, created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development. It’s more than just the usual glowing neon tube…
Guests who board the Halcyon star cruiser will be the first to see it in action, as it activates right before their eyes.
“From the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions and actions – or even the casual conversations you may have – determine how your personal journey unfolds,” says Jeremy Schoolfield on the official Disney Parks blog.
“Your adventure begins at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser terminal, where you’ll gather with fellow passengers before departing for your intergalactic destination. You’ll enter a special Launch Pod and leave your world behind as you make a hyperspace jump to a galaxy far, far away.”
Guests will watch through ‘viewports’ as they approach the starcruiser, which will be their home for the next two nights. When the Launch Pod’s airlock slides open, they’ll take their first step into a galaxy far, far away as the ship comes to life around them.
“During your stay aboard this glamorous ship, you may interact with an eclectic group of characters both familiar and new, ” says Jeremy. “They might include the charismatic captain, a plucky ship’s mechanic and a galactic superstar .”
The superstar singer will, he says, be able to captivate an entire room with the crook of one jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room.
“The supper club’s name is an homage to Corellia, the planet known galaxy-wide for its shipyards that gave us not only the Halcyon starcruiser, but also the Millennium Falcon,” explains Jeremy.
“The dining room is a bright and welcoming hall that will offer breakfast and lunch to passengers before transitioning each evening into a lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins.
“As your journey continues, you’ll have the opportunity to train in the ancient ways of the lightsaber, learn more about the inner workings of the Halcyon starcruiser and even jump on a transport to the planet Batuu to further your adventure inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
“This isn’t storytelling – it’s storyliving, where you’ll see, feel and live Star Wars in a whole new way.”
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