The new Star Tours 2 attraction is still very fresh at Walt Disney World and yet to open at Disneyland, but already it seems that the Mouse’s imagineers are hard at work on a new, rather ambitious, Star Wars attraction. Judging from blueprints submitted for patent last year, Walt Disney Imagineering are cooking up an interactive dog fight that will see guests choosing a side and fighting for the Evil Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance.
Better still, looking at this map, which makes reference to the Millennium Falcon and features a long trench, it seems like they’re going to be creating a live-in version of the first film’s Death Star run. I can only imagine how popular this is going to be. Incredible. I bet there’s some who will read this and find tears welling up…
See here that every row of passengers, if not every passenger, will have a gun to fire.
And here you see a “damage” score. So do the vehicles keep doing laps until they’re all shot up? Or will you just get a score at the end? I do hope they don’t pull any riders out of the loop for being “destroyed” – that would lead to some very uncharitable guests refusing to ride with smaller kids, I’d reckon.
Thanks to WDI Dreamer for sharing the details. You might note that this was their first post to the message board in question, which might be framing them as a Disney plant…
UPDATE: Walt Disney Imagineering have gotten in touch to call this story “erroneous”. Meanwhile, the same messageboard has now been blessed with a link to the full patent. So it’s a real patent – put apparently has nothing to do with Disney. What’s more, reading the patent suggests that the Star Wars iconography may have been used just for demonstration purposes too.