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Disney is making a 'Star Wars' virtual reality experience opening later this year
It will be called "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" and open at some Disney locations beginning this holiday season.
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Disney Parks will offer a Virtual Reality Star Wars land this year
Star Wars Land — or as Disney now insists on calling it, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge — 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 Secrets of the Empire, starting this holiday season. 
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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.  Read more...
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350 d ago
Star Wars VR attraction coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2017
We’ve seen Star Wars experiment with VR , but the sci-fi brand is going to become a full virtual experience at Disneyland and Walt Disney World later this year.
The Walt Disney Company is partnering with VR studio The Void to create Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire for its U.S. resorts. The Void is working with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic on the project.
“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy,” The Void details on its site . “They will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multisensory Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire experience in a way that allows them to interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters.”
We don’t know where this experience will take place chronologically in the Star Wars story, although the above promotional image shows a droid that looks like Star Wars: Rogue One‘s K-2SO.
Consumer VR is a hot topic, but theme parks are also looking into the technology. Disney experimented with virtual reality in the past, but it hasn’t used modern VR in its theme parks yet. The Void created a Ghostbusters VR experience , so the company has experience working with big brands.
In California’s Disneyland, Secrets of the Empire is coming to the Downtown Disney area, while its heading to Disney Springs in Florida’s Walt Disney World. Both are shopping and dining complexes located outside of the theme parks.
Disney has big plans for Star Wars for its resorts. It’s creating themed lands, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, for Disneyland Park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. But those won’t open until 2019. Meanwhile, Disney has looked for ways to introduce the popular brand into its parks before then, including temporarily re-theming Space Mountain in Disneyland to Hyperspace Mountain. This VR project gives them another way to inject some Star Wars magic ahead of Galaxy’s Edge.
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351 d ago
Star Wars multiplayer VR experience hitting Disney theme parks this year
You could jump into your wookie onesie, pull the armchair right up close to your TV and put all eight films on repeat, but you're still going to be light years away from really feeling like you're living in the Star Wars universe.
Disney thinks it can go better than cosplaying in front of a projector – it's signed a deal to bring an all-new Star Wars VR experience to its theme parks before the end of the year.
Called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, it's set to be a large scale multiplayer VR adventure, put together by The Void – the company also responsible for the Madame Tussauds Ghostbusters experience – and ILMxLab, Lucasfilm's immersive entertainment arm.
Bringing a galaxy far, far away to Disneyland
“We want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” said ILMxLab’s exec Vicki Dobbs Beck. 
“Through our collaboration with The Void, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding ‘Star Wars’ adventure.”
The Disneyland Resorts in Southern California and Orlando Florida will house the new VR centers. It's a growing area for amusement destinations, particularly cinemas who are seeing a slump in 3D movie interest , and are looking to sure up their profits.
If you can't make it to the US theme parks, you can still bring a slice of Star Wars VR magic home – PC virtual reality enthusiasts can jump into the ' Trials on Tatooine ' app, while PlayStation 4 PSVR players can fly an X-Wing in Battlefront's virtual reality segment .
We're still holding out hope to see a new VR component for Battlefront 2 , too
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351 d ago
Virtual-Reality ‘Star Wars’ Attractions Coming to Disney Malls
Lucasfilm and the Void, a start-up focused on virtual-reality experiences, will open Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire in California and Florida this year.
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351 d ago
Disney is working with The Void to open a special 'Star Wars' hyper-reality experience near its parks
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• The Void, a company that makes "hyper-reality" VR experiences, is working with Lucasfilm and ILMxLab to open a new experience near Disney's parks, called "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire"
• The new experience will open near Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, and near Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida
• Business Insider talked to The Void's CEO Cliff Plumer to learn more about the collaboration and how it came to be
Two years ago, I flew out to a small town in Utah to try the world’s first virtual reality theme park.
It was an extraordinary experience.
The Void gives you a VR headset and a backpack with a computer, but unlike other VR setups where you're chained to a large computer, The Void lets you explore your environment: a warehouse-like maze, reminiscent of a laser-tag arena, that's specially designed by The Void, complete with lasers and cameras that can track your backpack and headset. 
Corey Protin/Business InsiderThough the environment is actually just a series of blank walls and objects, your VR headset (plus some environmental tricks) makes you think you’re in the virtual world of The Void’s choosing — maybe it’s a decrepit laboratory on an alien planet, or gorgeous Mayan ruins, or even just the streets of New York City. By mixing VR with clever tricks like heat, cold, vibrations, audio cues, and puffs of air, The Void can make you believe you’re just about anywhere.
Trying The Void’s unique take on the future of entertainment and storytelling, and getting to know the company’s team of designers, artists, and engineers working tirelessly to make it all possible, was an unforgettable experience.
And since then, The Void has only grown:
Last year, the company built a Ghostbusters hyper-reality experience (in time for the new movie, of course) that lets you live out your dreams of busting ghosts. You can try it right now in New York City and Toronto. Earlier this year, the company hired a new CEO : Cliff Plumer, notably the former CTO of Lucasfilm and ex-president of VR experiences company Jaunt . Last month, The Void joined Disney's Accelerator Program , which helps companies building the future of entertainment get access to Disney’s resources and support.
That last bit is important, and has to do with the company's latest news: The Void will soon open two new “Experience Centers” near Disney’s two theme parks in California and Orlando, which will let people try an all-new hyper-reality experience called “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.”
Though there's no specific information regarding when people can expect these new Experience Centers to open, they will be located at Downtown Disney near the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and in Disney Springs, near Disney World’s resorts in Orlando.
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For “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” The Void collaborated with Lucasfilm and ILMxLab , which is the collaboration between Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound that’s solely dedicated to creating “immersive experiences.”
Cliff Plumer, The Void's new CEO as of January, tells Business Insider that "Secrets of the Empire" was truly was a collaboration with the Lucasfilm story team. "They spent time with us understanding our process and looking at how we go about creating our experiences, and they had a storyline in mind," he said. "It's been a great collaboration since day one."
Plumer first experienced The Void early last year at Sundance — he said he was "immediately blown away by the experience," and that "the things I'd done at Oculus and Jaunt were exciting at the time, but what The Void was doing was next-level." Now that he's joined The Void as its new CEO, Plumer says the company is putting a ton of effort into making sure customers are wowed even before they don their VR headsets and backpacks — taking a note from Disney, which keeps guests entertained even while they're waiting in line.
"There's a lot we've learned working closely with the Walt Disney company, which pretty much wrote the book on guest services," Plumer tells us. "So when you come to The Void entertainment center, the entertainment immediately begins. It's not just what happens in the virtual world; it's that whole journey that we've worked really hard on, and we're excited to launch that part of it with the 'Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire' experience."
Plumer tells Business Insider that he goes through the new "Star Wars" experience every time he's at The Void's studio, and he says he's "confident every Star Wars fan is going to love it."
"They'll feel like they've stepped into the universe," Plumer says. "This Star Wars experience — I wanted to be in the film industry the moment I saw the original 'Star Wars' in 1977. I was fortunate enough to work with Lucasfilm on the original trilogy, and the second trilogy with George. I officially grew up with Star Wars, as well as my kids. And this experience, being in that Star Wars universe, engaging those famous characters, is amazing. That's what I'm excited about. A new form of storytelling."
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On July 29, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for a friendly match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This time, El Clásico — the name given to any match between the Spanish rivals, which have met more than 200 times — will make its virtual reality debut.
NextVR, a VR publishing startup focused on live sports and events, is planning a full production of El Clásico. This includes streaming a pregame show, all of the on-field action, a VR version of Marc Anthony’s halftime show and a postgame wrapup. NextVR will set up 11 fixed VR cameras and one roving camera around the stadium, with a production team of 35 people manning the entire effort. On the broadcast, veteran MLS sportscaster Mark Rogondino will call the play-by-play, and former soccer players Mónica González and Heath Pearce will serve as analysts.
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Disney Parks and Resorts unveiled the first look and details about the land, which will be called "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," at its bi-annual fan convention D23 Expo in Anaheim, California over the weekend.
INSIDER was on hand to preview the massive 3D model unveiled at the event and to hear all about what fans can expect when "Galaxy's Edge" opens in both parks.
We've rounded up everything we've learned about the parks since 2015 when CEO Bob Iger first announced it, including concept art and designs . Keep reading to see everything we learned about the upcoming "Star Wars" Land that will give "Pandora - The World of Avatar" a run for its money. 
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Star Wars fans get ready for a big announcement: Disney will open a new Star Wars-themed hotel as part of its new land in Orlando.
Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, confirmed the news and said that the hotel will be an immersive experience that allows guests to go on adventures in a self-contained spaceship.
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The INSIDER Summary: Disney held a panel for fans at D23 Expo highlighting a number of updates coming to its parks. Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek confirmed rumors that a "Star Wars" hotel will be coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Fans will get to experience their own individual journey and have the chance to dress up.  Every window at the resort will have a view into space. There's no date yet for when it will open.

A "Star Wars"-themed land isn't the only piece of a galaxy far, far away coming to Walt Disney World in the near future. 
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced to fans at D23 Expo Saturday afternoon that a "Star Wars" hotel will be coming to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Chapek confirmed rumors that Disney Parks and Resorts was recently conducting a survey about a "Star Wars" hotel  during a two-hour panel INSIDER attended.
"We wanted to explore a revolutionary vacation experience, and I want to tell you that the response was out of this world," Chapek told the crowd of nearly 7,000 attendees. "Today, I am thrilled to confirm that we are working on our most experiential concept ever. It combines a luxury resort with an immersion in an authentic 'Star Wars' environment."
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Chapek said the "Star Wars" resort will invite guests to live out multi-day adventures in the Lucasfilm universe. 
"It's unlike anything that exists today," Chapek said as he detailed what it will be like for guests who arrive at the "Star Wars"-themed hotel. 
Here's his description of the park to those at D23:
"From the second you leave Earth, you will board a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you during the voyage on the galaxy that spans several days. You'll immediately become an active citizen of the galaxy and live everything that that means including the opportunity, of course, to dress up in the proper attire. It is 100% immersive and the story will touch every single minute of your stay with us. And it culminates in [a] unique journey for every person who visits."
Sign us up.
In addition to the immersive experience, Chapek said every room in the hotel will make it feel like you're in space. 
"Every window in this place has a view into space," he said. 
Here's a rendering of how one of those rooms will look.
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Chapek didn't reveal a date for the opening of the "Star Wars" hotel, but with the new themed land coming to Disney World in 2018, it probably can't be too far behind.
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Well, we can stop calling it "Star Wars Land" now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that's coming to Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge."
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At D23 today, Disney announced that it's making an augmented reality headset with help from hardware manufacturer Lenovo. It's designed specifically with Star Wars experiences in mind.
During its Level Up video game panel, Disney revealed the headset alongside some footage from mini-games and experiences it's making for it. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, as the collection is called, includes holochess and, as you might expect, a game that lets you wield a lightsaber. Check out the reveal video above.
There's no word yet on when the headset will launch, but you can keep an eye on its website here . You can also sign up there for more information from Disney on how to try it out.
Disney is the latest in a number of large companies making moves into augmented reality. Recently, Apple announced its own AR efforts, and it'll be releasing a development kit called ARKit for Apple devices soon .
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The INSIDER Summary: Disney held a panel for fans at D23 Expo highlighting a number of updates coming to its parks. Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek confirmed rumors that a "Star Wars" hotel will be coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Fans will get to experience their own individual journey and have the chance to dress up.  Every window at the resort will have a view into space. There's no date yet for when it will open.

A "Star Wars"-themed land isn't the only piece of a galaxy far, far away coming to Walt Disney World in the near future. 
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced to fans at D23 Expo Saturday afternoon that a "Star Wars" hotel will be coming to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Chapek confirmed rumors that Disney Parks and Resorts was recently conducting a survey about a "Star Wars" hotel  during a two-hour panel INSIDER attended.
"We wanted to explore a revolutionary vacation experience, and I want to tell you that the response was out of this world," Chapek told the crowd of nearly 7,000 attendees. "Today, I am thrilled to confirm that we are working on our most experiential concept ever. It combines a luxury resort with an immersion in an authentic 'Star Wars' environment."
Courtesy Disney Parks
Chapek said the "Star Wars" resort will invite guests to live out multi-day adventures in the Lucasfilm universe. 
"It's unlike anything that exists today," Chapek said as he detailed what it will be like for guests who arrive at the "Star Wars"-themed hotel. 
Here's his description of the park to those at D23:
"From the second you leave Earth, you will board a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you during the voyage on the galaxy that spans several days. You'll immediately become an active citizen of the galaxy and live everything that that means including the opportunity, of course, to dress up in the proper attire. It is 100% immersive and the story will touch every single minute of your stay with us. And it culminates in [a] unique journey for every person who visits."
Sign us up.
In addition to the immersive experience, Chapek said every room in the hotel will make it feel like you're in space. 
"Every window in this place has a view into space," he said. 
Here's a rendering of how one of those rooms will look.
Courtesy Disney Parks
Chapek didn't reveal a date for the opening of the "Star Wars" hotel, but with the new themed land coming to Disney World in 2018, it probably can't be too far behind.
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