New immersive Star Wars virtual reality experience coming to Disney Springs this year

Prepare your ship to hyperspace this holiday season and head straight to Disney Springs, Star Wars fans, because you’re finally going to soon be able to step inside the Star Wars universe in a revolutionary and immersive way.

Disney and Lucasfilm have joined forces with THE VOID to create Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a new experience coming to Disney Springs (as well as Downtown Disney in California). Once you’ve donned a virtual reality headset from within the new VOID Experience Center, you’ll find yourself immersed into an exciting adventure alongside your friends, family, heroic allies and fearsome foes through all of your senses, even smell! (Does this mean we’ll finally find out what wookies or tauntauns actually smell like?)

From StarWars.com:

“At THE VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, 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.”

“At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” explained Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILMxLAB. “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.”

According to the Disney Parks Blog, this brand new and cutting edge technology will “allow environmental effects to be felt using Haptic feedback – melding the physical and digital worlds together.”

We can’t wait to try this out and we’ll be sure to provide a review of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire when it opens later this year.

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