Many have wondered what the true effect of Disney purchasing LucasFilm would be when the Star Wars world came into the family. There were many assumptions, and some fans have worried about it quite a bit. However, it has brought about some really good things. The movies are continuing on with great strength, and the parks are getting much more from the saga. Now, though, Spaceship Earth at Epcot is about to undergo a change and become the perfect Death Star.
Before everyone ends up freaking out, there are some things that you need to know.
On Friday morning, the Disney Parks Blog revealed that the iconic Epcot attraction in Walt Disney World will indeed become the Death Star from Star Wars. This is only going to be temporary, so Disney won’t actually make any changes to Spaceship Earth.
For one night only, Spaceship Earth will turn into the Death Star with projection technology that will make it look just like the ominous weapon from Star Wars.
In celebration of the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans were given the chance to sign up for a special meet-up event that is taking place on Monday, December 5, 2016. It quickly filled to capacity, but those lucky enough to get in are in store for an immense treat.
“On December 5, 2016, we are celebrating Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an invite-only meet-up that’ll feature Spaceship Earth magically transforming into the Death Star.”
The after-hours event will take place on Monday, and those fortunate enough to get in will watch Spaceship Earth undergo a magical — and evil — change. Digital projections will be used to take the huge sphere and transform it into the Death Star.
After that happens, everyone will head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take part in other Star Wars happenings and experiences. Details are scarce about the other things taking place, but Disney always does it up right.
If someone isn’t in Florida or wasn’t able to get their request in on time, all is not lost. The Disney Parks Blog will have a live stream of the Spaceship Earth transformation on Monday night for the whole world to see as the over 34-year-old structure turns into one of the most well-known planets in cinematic history. The live stream is set to start at 10:25 p.m. ET on Monday night.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016, but as usual, there will be showings the night before. It is the first spinoff film from the Star Wars saga, and fans cannot wait for it to officially hit theaters. If this film is successful, it is expected that Disney will only add more to the current slate.
Tickets for Rogue One recently went on sale, and as reported by Deadline, both Fandango and Movietickets.com reported the biggest first-day sales for 2016. After the huge success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, Disney is really hoping that Rogue One is going to be as big as or an even bigger success.
Right now, it doesn’t seem they need to worry.
Spaceship Earth has always been looked at as the perfect Death Star from the Star Wars universe, but no one ever thought that Disney would actually do it. Now, they are making the change, but it is indeed only temporary and for a very limited time. The Walt Disney World after-hours event will not bring about any permanent changes to the historical attraction, but it will be cool to see for at least a few hours.
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