If you're a STAR WARS fans, the recent films have offered an incredible feast of new intergalactic adventures (and you may well be reading this on your phone while awaiting the first screenings of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which opens tonight). Now everything you loved about this incredible cinematic adventure series expands beyond the movie screen and into Disney with STAR WARS: THE SECRET OF THE EMPIRE, a new hyper reality experience debuting at both Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
We don't yet have the full story behind the attraction's main scenario, but what is known has real promise. Participants get to be members of the heroic rebellion fighting against the evil Empire, which is out to subjugate freedom throughout the universe. In order to defeat the Empire's latest plot, they will be going on an undercover sabotage mission tn the molten planet of Mustafar. They are disguised as Stormtroopers and aided in this quest by a K-2SO robot that has been taken from the Empire and reprogrammed to help defeat it.
STAR WARS: THE SECRET OF THE EMPIRE is the work of The Void, a Utah-based virtual reality entertainment company whose previous work includes the popular GHOSTBUSTERS attraction. The company's website promises that SECRET OF THE EMPIRE delivers "a whole-body, fully immersive VR experience, full of surprises at every turn." Expect lava monsters, laser battles, and puzzles to solve along the way.
Virtual reality has supplanted 3D as the preeminent "you are there" entertainment delivery system, and some very exciting advances in recent years have really brought the technology up to date.
Fans thrilled to a preview video released online in October, and the wait is almost over. The attraction opens first at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort this Saturday, and then at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort on January 5th, 2018. Tickets are available now.