If you weren’t already getting enough Star Wars at the Disney Parks, this is just for you. Coming to both Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland is an all new hyper-reality experience which will put you right into the world of Star Wars!
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will be a first-of-it-s kind Star Wars experience! In collaboration with The VOID, who made the announcement earlier today on their website, the project is being produced by Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB.
The VOID uses physical sets and environments and combines them with virtual reality to create a more realistic, immersive “hyper-reality” experience. This immersive experience will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy. They will be able to move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience in a way which allows them to interact and engage with friends, family, and even Star Wars characters.
“At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusion, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of The VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”
Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILMxLab, said, “At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories. Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.”
“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which also joined the 2017 Disney Accelerator earlier this year,” said Cliff Plumer, CEO of The VOID. “Through the power of The VOID, guests can now experience the magic of Star Wars firsthand.”
We don’t know much about what the story line will be or when it will take place in the Star Wars universe. But looking closely at the concept art, one will notices K-2SO from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which should place the events around the time of the original trilogy. And the location looks to be Mustafar, a planet which plays a key part of Darth Vader’s story. Could we also be seeing that iconic character?
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is said to open this holiday season. No word on if or how much the experience will cost.