Tick­ets are on sale

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By De­wayne Bevil Staff Writer

for a new “Star Wars”-in­spired vir­tu­al­re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence at Dis­ney Springs. Mean­while, SeaWorld’s Aquat­ica is con­struct­ing a wa­ter slide that is ex­pected to be ready by spring 2018.

The “Star Wars”-in­spired vir­tu­al­re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence set for Walt Dis­ney World will open Dec. 16 at Dis­ney Springs. Tick­ets are now on sale for Star Wars: Se­crets of the Em­pire, of­fi­cials said Wednesday.

The 30-minute at­trac­tion, orig­i­nally an­nounced in early Au­gust, will in­clude groups of four par­tic­i­pants tak­ing on the roles of un­der­cover rebels on an Im­pe­rial base.

The mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to a newly re­leased trailer, is “to re­cover Im­pe­rial in­tel­li­gence crit­i­cal to our sur­vival.”

ILMxLab part­nered with The Void, a vir­tual-re­al­ity com­pany, for Se­crets of the Em­pire. Par­tic­i­pants will wear head­sets in a maze for in­ter­ac­tions tak­ing place in a dig­i­tal world.

The Dis­ney Springs de­but prob­a­bly will coincide with the next wave of “Star Wars” ma­nia. The “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” film goes into the­aters Dec. 15.

Tick­ets, avail­able at thevoid.com web­site, are priced at $29.95. Sign-up times range from 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

The Void’s pre­vi­ous VR ef­forts were based on the “Ghost­busters” fran­chise or in the style of an In­di­ana Jones ex­pe­ri­ence.

If noth­ing else, the new ex­pe­ri­ence will help fill the gap while con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the ded­i­cated land within Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios theme park, and the even­tual “Star Wars” ho­tel on Walt Dis­ney World prop­erty.

A ver­sion of the “Star Wars” vir­tual-re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence also will open Jan. 5 at Dis­ney­land’s Downtown Dis­ney com­plex.

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