Sunday, November 19, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Disney’s Newest Star Wars Attraction – A Virtual Reality Experience

The Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience is one of many new experiences that Disney is planning on offering its guests in the future. While the virtual reality experience opens in just a few weeks, December 16th in Florida and January 5th in California, visitors will have to wait a little longer for the others.
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Many people may be hesitant to even attempt this new virtual reality experience, simply because they think that they will need to battle the crowds and long lines at the theme park. However, that is not the case at all. The Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience will not be located within the theme parks. Instead, people will find it within the Disney downtown districts, which is Disney Springs in Florida and Downtown Disney in California.

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This new virtual reality experience has taken technology to the next level and then some. This is not the type of VR that most people have experienced in their lifetime. Anyone that thinks that they will be strapping on a headset and taking a five-minute spin through the galaxy couldn’t be more wrong.

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This VR journey takes a full half hour and it is full of smells and opportunities that heightens everyone’s experience. Every guest will find themselves traveling to a molten planet, in a galaxy far away, as they try to infiltrate it to gather intelligence from the Imperial base that is located there. Each guest is a stormtrooper during this experience and they will all be shooting blasters and fighting enemies with the assistance of K-2SO.

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This entire experience has guests moving freely as they are untethered the entire time. They can interact socially and use all their senses as they try to complete the task that they were given. In fact, a smell here, a touch there, and a sound or two could mean the difference between winning and losing, if a person isn’t paying close attention.

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Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID worked hard to create this amazing virtual reality experience and they pushed the boundaries every chance that they had. Innovative imagery has been used and once it has been combined with the storytelling of Lucasfilm and the sounds from Skywalker Sound, the end result is a masterpiece that cannot be found or experienced anywhere else.

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Each VR encounter can have up to four people, so family and friends can join forces as they try to win and take over the planet. The cost of this VR encounter is only $29.95 per person, which is way less than any of the one-day theme park tickets.

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The best part of the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience, is that every guest will capture a glimpse of what they can expect in the future when the Star Wars: Galaxy Edge themed lands open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. The lands at both parks will have guests achieving a level of immersion that they have never experienced before. Every staff member will be in character and act that way at all times, and the visitors will be citizens of that land’s trading post.

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Until those lands open though, guests will be able to enjoy the new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience along with the other Star Wars experiences that are already available. Those include meet and greets with Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren, and the terrifying Darth Vader. The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is also available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and it is a one of a kind show full of visuals, pyrotechnics, and fireworks.

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Anyone will want to try the new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality, even if they are not Star Wars fans. The reason for that is that no one is going to want to pass up the opportunity to use this top-notch technology as they are transported to a galaxy far, far away. After all, who doesn’t want to gather intel, fight the bad guys, and win??

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