As part of Star Wars Day, Disney has released footage of the realistic lightsaber it’s been developing.
The lightsaber, first teased last month during a virtual press conference, will debut at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the new Star Wars hotel, in 2022.
"Watching that lightsaber activate right before your eyes will be just one of the countless ways that, from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, you'll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decision and actions—or even the casual conversations you may have—determine how your personal journey unfolds," Disney said in a blog post.
The lightsaber likely features a "blade" that extends from the hilt when it's activated. But even though it’s touted as real, you can't cut someone in half with it.
The lightsaber won’t be the only thing guests get to see at the hotel.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will offer what Disney is calling a two-night "vacation experience" that will allow guests live out their own Star Wars adventure.
The adventure will start inside the Galactic Starcruiser terminal at Disney World where guests will enter a special Launch Pod that will transport them to the ship. After making a "hyperspace jump," guests will see the Halcyon starcuiser from viewports as they approach. From there they will board the Halcyon to start their two-day, two-night stay.
As part of the announcement, Disney shared new details about the experiences guests will find aboard Galactic Starcruiser. In addition to character meet-and-greets and a lightsaber training experience, the star cruiser will feature the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, which will be guests can enjoy a breakfast, lunch and a multi-course meal in the evening.
So far, Disney has not officially released pricing details about Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser, which was originally set to debut later this year.
For a limited time, a model of the Halcyon star cruiser will be on display inside Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Launch from Walt Disney World Resort
The adventure begins when guests arrive at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser terminal at Walt Disney World and check in for their two-night experience.
Guests will enter a Launch Pod to begin their Star Wars Through windows above, they’ll see themselves leave their world behind as they jump into hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the massive and magnificent Halcyon starcruiser.
When the Launch Pod docks with the starcruiser and the airlock opens, guests will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium to begin their journey through a galaxy far, far away.
An All-Immersive Experience
A visit aboard the Halcyon starcruiser plunges guests into a multi-day, interactive story that interweaves with members of the crew, other passengers, familiar Star Wars characters and others. Guests may encounter the starcruiser’s strong and charismatic captain, the ship’s plucky mechanic, heroes of the Resistance or many more as they choose alliances and chart their courses.
The all-immersive experience features enthralling onboard activities, such as:
Learning the ancient ways of the lightsaber and facing off against a training remote, where guests may discover their own connection with the Force.
Visiting the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn about its systems and how to operate them, including navigation and defense – skills that may come in handy during a journey through this adventure-filled galaxy.
Guests will find refreshment each day in an enticing supper club known as the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. This bright and welcoming hall will offer breakfast and lunch daily to passengers before transitioning each evening into a lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins.
One night’s dinner will feature a live performance from a galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room with the crook of her jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger.
The journey also includes an excursion to Batuu, where guests can explore the winding pathways of Black Spire Outpost and seek out a hidden Resistance base.
Fun Facts – Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser guests will be the first to see characters like Rey wield a brand-new, more realistic lightsaber designed by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development to create dramatic in-person moments previously only seen in films or shows.
Every window in the Halcyon starcruiser – including those in each cabin – has a view of the galaxy beyond, with ever-changing vistas as the ship progresses from destination to destination.
Guests will be able to explore the starcruiser and perhaps discover hidden spaces deep in the mechanics of the ship – perfect for uncovering secrets … or holding clandestine meetings.
The Crown of Corellia Dining Room is named for Corellia, the planet known galaxy-wide for the shipyards that created not only the Halcyon starcruiser, but also the famed Millennium Falcon.
For a limited time, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now see a model of the Halcyon starcruiser on display inside Walt Disney Presents.