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Disney Springs: 'Star Wars' virtual-reality experience debuts Dec. 16


The “Star Wars”-inspired virtual-reality experience set for Walt Disney World will open Dec. 16 at Disney Springs. Tickets are now on sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, officials said Wednesday.

The 30-minute attraction, originally announced in early August, will include groups of four participants taking on the roles of undercover rebels on an Imperial base.

The mission, according to a newly released trailer, is “to recover Imperial intelligence critical to our survival.”

ILMxLab partnered with The Void, a virtual-reality company, for Secrets of the Empire. Participants will wear headsets in a maze for interactions taking place in a digital world.

The Disney Springs debut probably will coincide with the next wave of “Star Wars” mania. The “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” film goes into theaters Dec. 15.

Tickets, available at thevoid.com website, are priced at $29.95. Sign-up times range from 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

The Void’s previous VR efforts were based on the “Ghostbusters” franchise or in the style of an Indiana Jones experience.

If nothing else, the new experience will help fill the gap while construction continues on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the dedicated land within Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, and the eventual “Star Wars” hotel on Walt Disney World property.

A version of the “Star Wars” virtual-reality experience also will open Jan. 5 at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney complex.


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