'Star Wars - Secrets of the Empire' experience coming to Disney Springs this fall

Aug 03, 2017 in "Star Wars - Secrets of the Empire"

Star Wars Secrets of the Empire concept art and construction

Disney Springs will debut a new hyper-reality experience this fall, "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire."

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy. They will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multi-sensory Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire experience in a way that allows them to interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters. This ground-breaking experience will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season.

“At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusion, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of The VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”

Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILMxLab, said, “At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories. Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.”
“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which also joined the 2017 Disney Accelerator earlier this year,” said Cliff Plumer, CEO of The VOID. “Through the power of The VOID, guests can now experience the magic of Star Wars firsthand.”

Here is a look at some of the technology of The VOID.

The new experience will use space from Once Upon A Toy in the Marketplace, with most of the merchandise from that area relocated to the new Star Wars Trading Post.

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Article Posted: Aug 03, 2017 / 1:31pm EDT
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Beacon JoeJun 23, 2018

That would be sweet. Or a VR take on Epic Mickey... in which we can play as Mickey or Oswald strolling through EPCOT to restore the park and remove the destruction wrought by Evil Robot Chapek, and use our magic paint brushes to Make EPCOT Great Again.

lee.moles.disneyJun 23, 2018

Imagine a personalised VR tour of Disneyland by Walt though. That would be cool

bhg469Jun 23, 2018

So you have to tried it yet? You are gonna freak. It really goes beyond VR in a big way. I'm sure I even missed some things but you really have most of your senses in use. You'll understand why a VR tour of Epcot would be wasted on this tech.

Beacon JoeJun 22, 2018

I'm in the same boat. I actually loathe Star Wars, but am extremely excited just to experience this application of VR. I hope that they expand into other worlds. The Ghostbusters experience looks fun, but it's the wrong IP. Evanishment looks right up my alley, but isn't exactly Disney-friendly. Give me 30 mins of VR at Disney Land in the 80s, or of EPCOT Center in the early 90s. Or a DisneySea walkabout.

bhg469Jun 22, 2018

While I love this experience and will definitely try to do it again, I am really anxious to find out if there are more experiences on the way. I sort of wish disney springs would have a world class escape room experience. If you've ever been to a 5 wits, you may know what I mean. Something that is very interactive and is more than just locks and puzzles.

Beacon JoeJun 22, 2018

Update for everybody: Earlier today, they opened up Disney Springs Void ticket sales through 9/9/2018. Grabbed ours. Looking forward to this.

Angry WarlockApr 18, 2018

Me too. Im going to the Orlando one next week as well. Be curious to see if there are any difference. I doubt it, but you never know.

LieutLawwApr 18, 2018

Did this in London in the UK, was awesome

MisterPenguinApr 18, 2018

And follow-up... Nothing showed up on Facebook. May 4 is no longer blocked out. Ticket sales now go through July 15.

MisterPenguinApr 09, 2018

Email received... Hi MisterPenguin, Currently tickets have not been released for that date, and we haven't announced when they will be. Please watch our Facebook page for announcements of a special event. Best Regards, Reina

I am TimmyApr 09, 2018

We did this a couple times when we were there in Dec. 2017, so I hope it's still operating when we go this coming Dec. If anyone hears anything, please let us know? Tia!

Emmanuel862Apr 08, 2018

Does anyone know what date this is open to in Disney Springs? went to book online for August but dates were only green until mid July..

MisterPenguinApr 08, 2018

Email sent. 👍

I am TimmyApr 08, 2018

If no one replies, you can go to the Void website and shoot them an email asking questions. I did this like five times before our trip in Dec. and they answered me pretty quick every time. Nice, lengthy answers, too. Let us know if you do this!