Lightsaber Experience at the Star Wars Hotel: An Exclusive Reveal


Star Wars fans interested in paying for the deluxe experience of feeling like galactic tourists aboard a starcruiser might be happy to hear some of the latest details exclusive to Pirates and Princesses. While we can’t guarantee all the following information will make it through every iteration of development right up until the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel launches, we do feel confident that we’re at least pretty close. These details have been referenced by multiple sources to us, but since this is an experience yet to release, these are still technically rumors subject to change.

According to sources, the lightsaber experience aboard the Galactic Starcruiser will feature multiple rounds that should encompass 45-60 minutes in total. Using smoke machines with a solution that should be safe for individuals with pulmonary concerns, combined with fiber optics built in the walls and ceilings, guests will experience what appears to be blaster fire actually shooting through the air. We’re told, although this cannot be corroborated yet, that this same setup may be coming to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin in the next 2-3 years… which would result in guests actually being able to see their lasers in that ride. Blaster fire hitting designated areas on walls inside the playspace will generate real sparks according to information we’ve received.

In what we’ve been told about the Galactic Starcruiser, guests participating in the lightsaber experience will get to see Rey, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren. These characters will participate in a dramatic fashion, with Chewie being injured and both Rey and Kylo Ren using the force in a way that is demonstrated through extensive special effects in both robotics, props, and pyrotechnics built into the experience space.

As part of the “attraction”, guests will reportedly be put into different rotating groups. Some guests will be jedis in training, holding lightsabers that suddenly extend out of the wall with an illusion of the saber holding station floating in air. The guests holding lightsabers will be given the opportunity to “deflect” various blaster shots that travel in different patterns or speeds depending on the color of the blaster beam. We were told these blaster fire beams might be blue, yellow, and red. Our sources did not have information on final colors for lightsabers, but we expect guests might be able to use their own kyber crystals from Galaxy’s Edge to affect the experience. Other guests will be playing the role of “guards”. These guests will be given blaster shields, which can be used to block blasts that are either fired directly at guests, or which are deflected off of lightsabers. The shields are said to have audio, lighting, and haptic feedback that make it feel as if guests really are blocking incoming fire. The same is true for the sabers.

According to sources, the lightsabers are rather short in comparison to the higher end lightsabers you might purchase as a replica. We speculate that this may be to accommodate children participating in the attraction. We have also been told that the first rounds of the attractions are extremely easy, and only in the last 15-20 minutes do adults likely feel challenged. However, this can be recalibrated, as the first testing of the difficulty was done back in 2019 at the Contemporary Resort in a special area off-limits to guests. If difficulty has been amped up since then, we’re unaware… as well as if the individual playtimes can be altered in difficulty depending on guest skills.

In the end, the lightsaber experience is designed to have guests help Rey and Chewie defeat Kylo Ren. It’s difficult to determine how popular this concept will be given the rise in popularity of the Favreau and Filoni Star Wars properties, and how quickly Sequel Trilogy merchandise has disappeared.

This is one of several experiences guests will have in the Galactic Starcruiser once it opens near Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Guests will also be staying in rather small, windowless rooms, in which monitors are used to create the feeling of being out in space. If you’ve ever been to a LARP or other role-playing event, the Star Wars Hotel is likely aimed at you. However, you’ll need to be quite the Star Wars fan, as well as be ready to spend some major change. Prices have not been released yet, but this is a multi-night reservation with deluxe level costs likely associated.

Again, we think these rumors are accurate, but they remain rumors until the launch. For all we know, Disney could scrap everything that has been planned and built. If we get information to the contrary, we’ll let you know right away. And eventually when the hotel launches, you can judge our prediction.

So is the experience as described something you’d be interested in? Let us know in the comments below!

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