In honor of Star Wars Day, Disney is giving audiences their first look at a “real” retractable lightsaber that was first teased by Parks, Experiences and Products president Josh D’Amaro in April.
Rey can be heard in a 14 second teaser video saying “Light. Darkness. A balance ”, a reference to the quote from the character of The Last Jedi, as the lightsaber is lit.
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The company said in a blog post that the popular weapon will be seen in action from 2022, when guests are transported from Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., To a galaxy far, far away for an experience of two nights on the theme. the park’s new Galactic Starcruiser hotel.
“Watching that lightsaber activate right in front of your eyes will be just one of the myriad ways in which, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you will be immersed in a Star wars story where your decisions and actions – or even the casual conversations you might have – determine how your personal journey unfolds, ”says Disney.
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Guests will enter a special launch pod, which will take them through hyperspace to the gigantic Halcyon starcruiser.
Once on board, guests will interact with a group of familiar and new characters from the world of Star Wars, including “the strong and charismatic captain of the starcruiser, the mechanic of a brave ship, and a galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room. with the crook of a jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger. ”
In addition to a themed dining experience, guests will have the opportunity to “practice old ways of the lightsaber”.
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The teaser comes as Disney works hard to expand its theme park offering after being criticized by the coronavirus pandemic. Disney recorded an operating loss of $ 119 million for the Parks, Experiences and Products segment in the company’s most recent quarter, with segment revenue falling 53% to $ 3.6 billion from $ 7 billion. $ 5 billion over the same period a year ago.
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In addition to the Galactic Starcruiser Hotel, Walt Disney World has two new upcoming attractions at Epcot, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – based on its hit animated film, “Ratatouille” and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind from both Marvel films. to success. like a spectacular nighttime show, “Harmony”.
A Marvel-themed land known as the Avengers Campus is also slated to open at Disney’s California Adventure on June 4, while Mickey’s Runaway Railway will arrive at Disneyland in 2023. Disneyland reopened last week after a closure of 13 months.
While no details have been revealed on when and when the new lightsabers will go on sale to the public, customers can currently get their hands on a ‘regular’ lightsaber at the Star Wars themed lot. from the theme park, Galaxy’s Edge, for $ 200.