Disney's 'Star Wars' Theme Park is Designed to be Extremely Immersive

Sunday, 16 April 2017 - 5:58PM
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Sunday, 16 April 2017 - 5:58PM
Disney's 'Star Wars' Theme Park is Designed to be Extremely Immersive
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When the team behind Star Wars Land at both Disney parks say they want to provide an immersive Star Wars experience, they really mean it. The end goal is for visitors to feel like they're "really, truly visiting Star Wars," and while the park is still a couple years away, there's some new info on just how they plan to do that.

While the Star Wars Celebration is in full swing in Orlando, Florida, a new video from both Lucasfilm and the Disney Imagineers go more in depth into how the theme park is designed from the ground up to insert tourists into the Outer Rim of Star Wars. From the sound of it, most people involved grew up on the original films and want to recreate what they would've loved to see as a kid. Which makes this a passion project, and therefore something to very much look forward to:



The whole exhibit will be taking place largely on a single planet, one created for the theme park that exists in the Outer Rim of the galaxy (of course, it'll be visited by all manner of Star Wars characters). Asa Kalama, the Executive Creative Director at Disney Imagineering, explained that while recognizable bits and pieces will be everywhere (including new planets like Crait from The Last Jedi trailer), the rides will be about creating new Star Wars experiences rather than just recreating ones from the films:

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"One of the areas that we're paying particularly close attention to is the story. We're creating a place that is an extension of the Star Wars universe. Not a recreation of an experience that you might have seen onscreen, but something totally brand new."
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Another way they're planning to be immersive is a little weirder - according to a panel from Celebration, you'll also be able to create a "reputation" based on how you interact with the rides and exhibits. They didn't go into full detail, likely because they're still planning everything out, but they suggested that you'll have some sort of ID that records the choices you make. Depending on whether you choose the imperial First Order or rebel Resistance side when going on a ride, you'll then be treated like an Imperial or Rebel in other areas of the parks. Essentially, you'll become a Star Wars character. 

If you have a half-hour to spare, check out the full panel at Star Wars Celebration below:


Obviously, a theme park can never perfectly recreate an experience - if the Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios are anything to go by, those immersive aspects will always be hindered slightly by the enormous swaths of tourists crowding up the place. But if it's as immersive as a major theme park is capable of creating, it should still be something to see.

Star Wars Land is scheduled to open in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland sometime in 2019.

Via: io9
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