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New immersive 'Star Wars' experience set for Disney Springs

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A new “Star Wars” experience, steeped in “hyper reality,” will be opening at Disney Springs later this year.

The new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire was announced by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB — which is the Immersive Entertainment division of Lucasfilm — and the VOID on Thursday.

“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,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at the VOID.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Officials did not share the exact location of the future VOID Experience Center at Disney Springs, the opening date or how much tickets would cost. A news release said it would be “beginning this holiday season.” It’s a permanent set-up.

Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., also will open a Secrets of the Empire attraction.

Once open, visitors “will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multisensory experience as they interact and engage with friends, family and ‘Star Wars’ characters,” a news release said.

ILMxLAB created the first-of-its-kind experience, in collaboration with the VOID, which combines physical sets with real-time interactive effects. The VOID has locations in New York, Toronto, and Salt Lake City. Those attractions have a “Ghostbusters” storyline. Tickets in Toronto and Utah are $24 and $25, respectively.

Lucasfilm Ltd. is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., which has big theme-park plans already for its “Star Wars” franchise, including dedicated lands called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland plus an immersive “Star Wars”-themed hotel at Walt Disney World.

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