Today, as part of an announcement on the Disney Parks blog about the opening of Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort being delayed until 2022 (it was previously expected to open sometime this year), the company also released a video of the lightsaber in action and promised that “Guests who experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be the first to see it in action...” to help take the sting out of today’s bad news.


As exciting as it will be to see the new lightsaber technology in person, given it’s being limited to only guests of Disney’s new Star Wars resort at first, it sounds like it’s going to be quite a while before some form of these lightsabers are available for guests to actually purchase in gift shops—if ever. Based on today’s announcement, the “real” lightsabers will be first rolled out as upgrades to the costumes of cast members portraying characters like Rey and Kylo Ren to add another level of authenticity, which makes sense because if the props are coming straight out of Disney’s R&D labs, they’re going to be expensive prototypes. Hopefully, the company finds a way to eventually make them accessible and affordable, because a lightsaber with a glowing retractable blade is the holy grail of Star Wars collectibles.

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