First Footage of Disney's Realistic Lightsaber Revealed, Will Debut at Star Wars Hotel in 2022

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IGN 04 May, 2021 - 07:44am 13 views

Star Wars: #GalacticStarcruiser at @WaltDisneyWorld Resort will take you to a galaxy far, far away starting in 2022 for an all-immersive, vacation experience What exactly does “all-immersive” mean? Well, here’s a little hint… https://t.co/mitmfBRW8t #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/Wo11937V4b

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Disney World Celebrates May The 4th By Revealing Amazing New Lightsaber You Need To See

CinemaBlend 04 May, 2021 - 08:30am

For as long as Star Wars has been around we've all been fascinated by the lightsaber. If you were a Star Wars fan as a kid you likely grabbed any cardboard tube or other cylindrical object you could find to be your lightsaber as you played a Jedi. The only problem with those toys, and even most other actual toy lightsabers was that they never disappeared into the hilt the way the real thing did. There was always something that separated the lightsabers in the real world from the ones in a galaxy far, far, away. Until now.

On May the Fourth Walt Disney World dropped a little update on it's currently under construction Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The three day, two night experience is part hotel, part inclusive cruise ship-like experience, and it's all themed around Star Wars. However, the biggest reveal is a clip of a device that is the closest thing to a "real" lightsaber that we've ever seen, and you need to see it to believe it. There is no CGI in what you're about to see.

The new lightsaber comes from the people at Walt Disney Imagineering and it will be something guests will be able to actually use during their stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. It fires upward from a realistic looking hilt and it glows just like the real thing. From what we can see it's as "real" as it can get. It just doesn't cut through anything.

A few weeks ago, during a virtual press event, the same one that first showed a Groot animatronic that will equally blow your mind, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro revealed the item to the media. We weren't allowed to share images but this is exactly what we saw. Exactly how the device works is unclear, but some patents filed by Disney would seem to indicate that is uses a collection of small flexible LED lights that can be pulled up when activated and brought back down when done.

Concept art from the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience has included an image of somebody using a lightsaber to block blasts from a targeting drone as part of a sort of "real Jedi training." It would seem that this is where guests will be able to use this lightsaber.

The lightsaber itself was certainly the biggest part of the May the Fourth details dropped about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The rest of the update spoke in general tones about the experience, much of which we've heard before. It's construction, like that of so many other theme park plans, was significantly delayed by the global pandemic. Originally, reservations were supposed to open up last year, with the hotel set to open this year. Now, the hotel was officially delayed into 2022, though that was the only window we were given, so whether it will be early in the year or late is anybody's guess right now.

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Star Tours Disney Parks Wishables Arrive at Walt Disney World Resort for May the 4th - WDW News Today

wdwnt.com 04 May, 2021 - 07:50am

Happy May the 4th! It’s an exciting day to be a Star Wars fan and even more exciting if you have park reservations for Walt Disney World Resort. Among the new Star Wars items available today are new Star Tours Disney Parks Wishables.

The new Star Tours collection includes R2-D2, C-3PO, a Stormtrooper, Captain RX-24 (Rex), and both the “old” white-and-blue Starspeeder 3000 and the “newer” red Starspeeder 1000 ride vehicles.

The Star Tours Wishables are currently only available in the parks, but are expected to arrive online at ShopDisney.

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First Footage of Disney's Realistic Lightsaber Revealed, Will Debut at Star Wars Hotel in 2022 - IGN

IGN 04 May, 2021 - 07:42am

Star Wars: #GalacticStarcruiser at @WaltDisneyWorld Resort will take you to a galaxy far, far away starting in 2022 for an all-immersive, vacation experience What exactly does “all-immersive” mean? Well, here’s a little hint… https://t.co/mitmfBRW8t #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/Wo11937V4b

New Details Announced for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel at Walt Disney World - Crown of Corellia Dining Room, Model Now on Display at Disney's Hollywood Studios - WDW News Today

wdwnt.com 04 May, 2021 - 07:15am

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will fully immerse guests in a galaxy far, far away when it debuts in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this first-of-its-kind vacation experience, guests become the heroes of their own stories during a two-day, two-night adventure where they see, feel and live Star Wars.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser invites guests into a new kind of “storyliving” as they travel the galaxy in style aboard the glamorous Halcyon starcruiser, known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. They will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience exquisite dining and out-of-this-world entertainment, visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and much more.

Throughout the journey, guests’ choices will determine their personal adventures by interacting with characters, crew and other passengers they meet as they become part of the action and the broader Star Wars saga. Decisions guests make will determine how their individual stories unfold as they seize control of their destinies – and potentially impact the fate of the galaxy.

Disney's real-life lightsaber looks incredible. Here's how it could work

CNET 04 May, 2021 - 07:00am

Disney is working on "real" lightsabers. 

In a not-so-long time from now, in a theme park not so far away, you'll get the chance to see a realistic lightsaber instantly extend out of a hilt, glowing before your very eyes. Disney has built working lightsabers that mimic the look and sound of the laser sword from the Star Wars movies, announcing Tuesday that the prop will be part of its new Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World after teasing it to a small group of reporters in a streamed video presentation last month. 

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open in 2022, featuring a two-day, two-night "storyliving" adventure where guests are transported aboard the Halcyon starcruiser. Guests will be immersed in lightsaber training, learn the navigation and defense systems of the spaceship, enjoy fine dining and be escorted on a field trip to the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area of Disney World.

The windows of the hotel will show always-changing views of the galaxy, and character interactions will include heroes of the Resistance. Guests will be able to choose alliances within the storyline, and meet with the ship's captain and mechanic. Also included in the resort stay package is one dinner with a live performance from a Twi'lek dancer in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. The dining room will offer breakfast and lunch daily, and a multi-course dinner menu.

Rey will wield a realistic lightsaber aboard Disney's Galactic Starcruiser.

But one of the focal points of your stay at the new Star Wars resort? Interacting with Rey, who will wield Disney's new realistic lightsaber. A video of the lightsaber in action shows the shaft of light extend out of the hilt, making the same humming sounds you hear in the Star Wars onscreen universe.

The lightsaber was first announced by Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro. At the end of a video presentation in April, he picked up a hilt-like box from which a light blade shot out in one second as he said, "It's real." No video evidence of it was previously shared online, with reporters asked not to record the presentation. All we had to go on were stories from those who witnessed the spectacle.

Cue the shock from reporters blowing up Twitter who were taken by surprise by what they saw. (I, alas, was not one of those reporters. During the presentation I was busy covering another part of my childhood coming to life: a Transformer that transforms on its own.) 

Shortly afterward, one of Disney's top creative executives, Scott Trowbridge, tweeted that yes, it is really real.

Disney has now confirmed the lightsaber was designed by Disney Imagineering Research and Development. 

So how did Disney pull off this feat of engineering? There are some clues in a patent Disney filed for a working lightsaber back in 2017. (No, it doesn't chop off limbs, but it does have a retractable, internally illuminated blade.) In it, we see that inspiration for the design comes from a very basic tool: a tape measure. But with multiple spools of materials that need to extend and retract in an instant, the build itself is far from basic.

In the video embedded above, I show off Disney's new footage of the lightsaber and break down the materials Disney may be using to create the effect as described in its patent -- including an LED light strip. And by trying to make my own sample, I hopefully demonstrate how complicated it really is to make everything work perfectly when you don't have the Force on your side.

An illustration from Disney's patent for a retractable light sword.

You can bet an effect like this would be perfect for live entertainment at the Galaxy's Edge themed land at Disney's theme parks, along with the Galactic Starcruiser. 

Concept art for lightsaber training aboard the Galactic Starcruiser experience at Walt Disney World.

Thanks to reporter Carlye Wisel, host of the podcast Very Amusing with Carlye Wisel, for joining in to explain what she saw in the presentation. And if you're feeling inspired to mess around with making your own lightsaber, you can find a strip of color-changing LEDs for $20 (and you can cut it to the length you want).

And, uh, be sure to have a lot of tape.

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