Today is May 4th, better known to franchise fans as Star Wars Day. And to celebrate, Disney has given us the first glimpse of a real-life lightsaber that actually retracts.
As near as we can tell, it can’t easily cut through any bulkheads or lop your son’s hand off. But it does have the realistic lit-up tube design of the Black Series lightsabers, and you can let the blade in and out with the touch of a button.
By now, you probably have a simple question: “Where can I buy it?” Unfortunately, excited fans will have to wait for more details. Right now, all we really know is that this cool lightsaber will be part of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience opening near Disney World in 2022.
If you don’t already know, this hotel is supposed to be like a Star Wars version of Westworld (though with fewer robots). Guests actually stay for several days inside a recreation of a galactic starcruiser. There, they take on the role of a heroic Star Wars character and interact with other characters aboard the ship.
It’s not immediately clear if guests can actually buy the fancy lightsaber, though there will be a special area where guests can use it to train against a remote (just like Luke Skywalker did in A New Hope). The primary logic behind creating this new lightsaber is to create immersive, movie-like moments that guests can experience in real life.
That implies there will be some familiar faces aboard the starcruiser. Notably, the brief preview shows someone dressed like Rey wielding the lightsaber. But we’re going to have to wait a bit longer to learn more about the era the experience is set in and the characters involved. And, of course, to learn more about this awesome new lightsaber.
Until then, May the Fourth be with you!