Disney's new 'real' lightsaber looks just like the movie version
Oh it's beautiful
Disney Parks unveiled a "brand new, more realistic lightsaber" on Tuesday that will debut at Walt Disney World Resort next year. Fittingly, the tease fell on May 4th, which fans celebrate as Star Wars Day every year.
The lightsaber, developed by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, has an actual retractable "light blade," according to CNN, and Entertainment Weekly states that it is Disney's first such realistic retractable lightsaber. It is intended to be used as part of the new "all-inclusive two-night vacation experience" called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
"This new lightsaber creates dramatic personal moments previously only seen in movies or shows," said Disney.
While Disney didn't delve into making the lightsaber, The Verge wrote that it works like a "motorized tape measure, where a sheet of plastic and LED lights is retracted and extended to mimic the ignition effect". Unfortunately, the lightsaber isn't "real" in the sense that it can legitimately cut through Sith meat and slice Supreme Leader Snoke in half, but doesn't get it past Disney's Imagineers to do one of them one day. Never tell them the odds.
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