Our friends over a The Voidhave done it again. They have continuously shown they are not afraid to go after strong IP’s, with their amazing work on the Ghostbusters Dimension/VR work, but this time they are really pushing it with… Star Wars. Yes, really.
We are not ashamed to say that this IP holds a particularly fond place in our hearts so when we heard someone was doing a Star Wars VR experience, of course we were sceptical. Then we heard it was The Void(a company who joined Disney Acceleratorthis year) and almost immediately, we were relieved. If you have not had the joy of playing their Ghostbusters(and others) experience, you will know just how exciting this could be. We don’t have an opening date for this one, a Disney Parks Blog post stated “starting thus holiday season”, so we will have to wait and see. We do know that it will be installed into both of The new Void Experience Centers being built ford Downtown Disney in Anaheimas well as Disney Springsin Walt Disney World. This will help to make both parks the destination for serious fans, especially whenStar Wars: Secrets of the Empireexperience opens alongside Star Wars Land in both parks.
For more details check out the video of The Voidthat we have featured before as well as the Official Press Release from The Void below.
The Official release from The Void as below:
We couldn’t be more excited to announce the production of our newest hyper-reality experience,Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. This first-of-its kindStar Warsexperience is being produced by the world-class teams at Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB in collaboration with the team here at The VOID. Soon you’ll have the opportunity to step beyond reality into a galaxy far, far away!
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empirewill plunge guests directly into the iconicStar Warsgalaxy. They will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multi-sensoryStar Wars: Secrets of the Empireexperience in a way that allows them to interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters. This ground-breaking experience will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season.
“At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusion, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” saidCurtis 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 intoStar Wars: Secrets of the Empirewon’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”
Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge ofILMxLab, said,“At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories. 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.” “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empiremarks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which alsojoined the 2017 Disney Acceleratorearlier this year,” saidCliff Plumer, CEO of The VOID. “Through the power of The VOID, guests can now experience the magic of Star Wars firsthand.”
On Disneyland rides: “We really don’t have a story, with a beginning, an end, or a plot. It’s more a series of experiences building up to a climax. I call them experience rides.” Marc Davis Walt Disney Imagineer