A new report suggests that Disney Parks may soon develop retractable lightsabers for “Star Wars” fans — an upgrade to the lightsabers you can find at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge right now.
Disney to add lightsabers?
- The end of the video featured Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro, who pulled out a lightsaber — similar to the one you buy at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
- Only this time, he turned it on and the lightsaber blade ascended from the hilt, similar to something you’d see in the “Star Wars” movie.
- “It’s real,” D’Amaro said, according to WDW News Today.
But it doesn’t look like there’s any sign of the video yet. Per ComicBook.com, “No photos or videos have appeared online, and likely won’t for some time, but the hype train has already left the station on the lightsabers.”
Lightsabers in real life
In October 2020, YouTuber James Hobson created what might have been the world’s first real-life lightsaber, which could actually cut and slice through objects, as I wrote for the Deseret News. The moment went viral so much that even NPR wrote about it.
- “Even with all of our new equipment and capabilities, we’re still bound by the laws of thermodynamics,” Hobson said in the video.
- “Well, theories say that plasma is best held in a beam by a magnetic field, which, scientifically, checks out,” he added. “The issue is producing a strong enough electromagnetic field to contain a blade, well the lightsaber would have to be quite literally built inside a box coated in electromagnets, which turns it into a kind of useless science project.”