The device will be one of the big attractions of Disney World, which opens next year.
Last year and this year was severely overshadowed by the coronavirus epidemic for the entertainment industry (as well), causing Disney parks to suffer huge losses as well. However, the giant is preparing to return and plans to include a real visitor magnet: the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open in 2022, where those interested can take part in a two-day “story-living” adventure aboard a Star Destroyer in Halcyon.
Meanwhile, they will learn about the spacecraft’s navigation and defense systems, enjoy the delicate galactic life, take a trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, admire the performance of a Twi’lek dancer, and take part in a training to learn how to rotate a lightsaber.
While Hacksmith Industries last year was already terribly close to that create a truly usable lightsaber, it wasn’t even real. The Disney version, on the other hand, seems to have at least the same look and sound as the guns seen in the movies. During the adventure, visitors will also come into contact with Rey, who will wear a realistic lightsaber. Like this:
The lightsaber was first announced by Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro as part of a video presentation in late April that journalists could not record, but were thoroughly surprised by the sight. Shortly thereafter, one of Disney’s creative leaders, Scott Trowbridge betrayed on Twitterthat the news is true, and now Disney has confirmed that the prop was designed by Disney Imagineering Research and Development.
Although the company hasn’t yet presented exactly how their lightsaber works, the video below tries to point out the details, including using a patent filed by Disney in 2017, calling for the working principle of a tape measure and an LED light bar to help.
A The Verge reports that Disney Imagineering Research and Development is still working on the real lightsaber, but is expected to be ready with it to open the Galactic Starcruiser hotel in 2022 and guests are expected to be able to buy them as well. There has been no question of price for the time being, but considering that Disney’s “traditional” lightsabers cost roughly 60,000 forints per piece, the upgraded models probably won’t be cheap.
Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.
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