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— or as Disney now insists on calling it, — is heading towards our planet at the speed of an asthmatic Bantha. We won't see it until 2019. 

But if the thought of having to wait a whole two years to see it has you staring mournfully at a double sunset, there's good news Thursday from the world of virtual reality. 

Both Disneyland and Disney World resorts will be offering an immersive Star Wars VR experience called , starting this holiday season. 

There are precious few official Secrets of the Empire details available right now — just that it was designed by Lucasfilm's own Industrial Light & Magic in its VR lab, and is being presented by a Utah company called The Void. 

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Disney Parks will offer a Virtual Reality Star Wars land this year


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— or as Disney now insists on calling it, — is heading towards our planet at the speed of an asthmatic Bantha. We won't see it until 2019. 

But if the thought of having to wait a whole two years to see it has you staring mournfully at a double sunset, there's good news Thursday from the world of virtual reality. 

Both Disneyland and Disney World resorts will be offering an immersive Star Wars VR experience called , starting this holiday season. 

There are precious few official Secrets of the Empire details available right now — just that it was designed by Lucasfilm's own Industrial Light & Magic in its VR lab, and is being presented by a Utah company called The Void. 

More about , , , , and
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