Disney discloses a genuine lightsaber

 Disney discloses a genuine lightsaber 

From that point onward "Star Wars" debuted in 1977, children and grown-ups the same needed to get their hands on a lightsaber. The "exquisite weapon for a more enlightened age" is quite possibly the most popular props in film history and mainstream society — and now Disney has evidently made a "genuine" one.

Disney Parks delivered an extremely short clasp of what seems, by all accounts, to be a working lightsaber on Tuesday, May 4, which is known as Star Wars Day (May the fourth Be With You. Get it?). 

The 13-second clasp flaunted a Disney entertainer dressed as the "Star Wars" saint Rey turning on a lightsaber, with a strong, retractable sharp edge of light reaching out from the handle, very much like in the films. It is anything but an enhanced visualization or a camera stunt — it's as genuine as possible get in this universe.

Of course, Disney didn't actually create a laser sword that's capable of cutting off your son's hand because he refuses to join you in ruling the galaxy.

Rather, the company's Imagineers — designers of Disney's parks, rides, gadgets and hotels — created the device to function like a real lightsaber in that the "blade" of light extends from the base of the sword.

The saber isn't for sale, at least not yet. But fans can soon see it in action at Disney's new "Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser," an immersive Disney hotel that will open in 2022 and allow guests to live out adventures from the lucrative franchise.

"Watching that lightsaber activate right before your eyes will be just one of the countless ways that, from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, you'll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions and actions — or even the casual conversations you may have — determine how your personal journey unfolds," Disney Parks wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.
Disney Parks chairman Josh D'Amaro first presented the saber last month during a closed presentation to a small number of reporters.

The functional lightsaber and the "Galactic Starcruiser" experience represent how Disney is evolving its parks beyond just rides and hotels.
In 2019 Disney opened Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, a 14-acre expansion that allows guests to ride the Millennium Falcon and dine on galactic delicacies such as Blue Milk. It's Disney's largest-ever park expansion.

Meanwhile, the Marvel-themed "Avengers Campus" will open at Disney's California Adventure on June 4.

Disney's park division is trying to rebound after one of its hardest years ever due to closures and layoffs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Disneyland, the company's flagship resort in California, just reopened its doors last week after a year-long shut down.

D'Amaro told CNN Business last month that the future of Disney's resorts will be "fresh" and "technology-ridden."


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