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Is Disney Parks adding real lightsabers to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

Disney Parks may add a real lightsaber to the park that can retract

Disney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren – when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens Dec. 5, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney guests can traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance — including a face-off with Kylo Ren — in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which opened in 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort.
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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?

WDW News Today — a news and rumors site for Walt Disney World — recently reported on a virtual press conference from Disney, which included a video titled “A Special Look Inside Disney Parks.”

  • 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.”