I have some terrible news: Disney has confirmed you’ll never get to try the “real” retractable lightsaber whose very existence, subsequent reveal, and patented design made us giddy back in April and May of this year.
While the incredible disappearing lightsaber replica will indeed feature at Disney’s new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel — a Westworld-esque experience for the very wealthy where stays cost upwards of $4,800 and yet is already sold out for its first four months — GameSpot and IGN report that Disney won’t be letting you touch that lightsaber for yourself.
“Unfortunately, that lightsaber isn’t for guests to use or purchase. It’s strictly for use by the performers,” writes IGN.
“Trowbridge confirmed in a group interview that guests will never actually use that lightsaber, but that it will be part of the Galactic Starcruiser experience,” says GameSpot.
The multi-thousand dollars ticket does include lightsaber training. GameSpot continues to:
Instead, you will get a replica of a high-end lightsaber, but with a smaller blade and fixed blade. It is powered up and vibrates as you would expect. But if you are expecting to play with the Disney-designed new lightsaber, be warned.
Here’s IGN again:
The session involves using the provided lightsabers for deflecting laser beams fired from a wall mounted training remote. It starts off slow, letting you get a feel for how it works, and then it ramps up to Jedi level where you’re Forced to block attacks without even seeing the lasers. The lightsaber used in this activity feels about on par with a Force FX lightsaber, though it is a tad shorter, but it’s only meant to be used for lightsaber training and won’t be available for sale.
Here’s some concept art for that and other experiences Disney wants to offer in the Galactic Starcruiser — it doesn’t appear to have let IGN, GameSpotPhotographs taken by other outlets or individuals are available at these source links.
StarWars.com also has photos of new merchandise available at the hotel.
Source: The Verge