Get ready to blast your way through a galaxy far, far away.
Disney is preparing the world for the opening of their Star Wars theme park called "Galaxy's Edge." The theme park, which will open at the California and Florida parks next year, will be centered around the planet Batuu and will encompass 14-acres. Disney's website describes Batuu as a "remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge" that "was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order."
According to Cinemablend, Disney has submitted a patent for a real-life blaster akin to the ones that are used in the Star Wars films. Fans are speculating that the blasters will be used in the new theme park, although that rumor has not been confirmed. It would make sense that Disney would try to make their Star Wars experience as realistic as possible, and the new blasters are said to shoot lasers much like their movie counterparts. The technology would use a series of reflective surfaces to display the blaster shot in motion. It would work best in a "dark ride," where the reflective surfaces would be hidden while park guests run around and take shots at each other (think of a room that's dark but still mildly lit, like while playing laser tag).