As a final ‘mic drop’ for the “A Special Look Inside Disney Parks” virtual event, hosted by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, attendees got to see something that appeared almost too good to be true: a real, working lightsaber, straight out of a galaxy far, far away.
As the presentation was winding down, D’Amaro appeared in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park, teasing viewers that more is to come from the Disney Parks and said that fans “never know” what they’ll come up with next, before showing something that we all didn’t see coming: D’Amaro pulled out a lightsaber emitter, similar to those you would purchase from Galaxy’s Edge, turned it on, and a true-to-life, just-like-the-movies lightsaber blade rose up — before cheekily adding, “It’s real.”
Attendees were not allowed to take any recordings or screenshots of the presentation, so we’re unable to show you exactly what we saw. The best way to describe it is to think of how the lightsabers look and work in the “Star Wars” films, and, somehow, it looks 1:1.
Disney previously filed a patent for a “Sword device with retractable, internally illuminated blade” in 2017, and this seems to be our first real glimpse at that technology in action. The portion of the video in which the lightsaber was demonstrated went by quickly, so it is difficult to say just what it’s made of or how exactly it works.
We are also unsure of what purpose it will serve in the Disney Parks, or if guests will even be able to own one someday. Our best guess, though, is that it could play a part in the lightsaber training remote experience aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort, opening sometime this year.
Suffice it to say, Disney is working on some incredible new experiences for the parks that many may have thought impossible prior to today, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.