Disney World is getting real working lightsabers — and they’re coming next year

Star Wars Day Working Lightsaber
(Image credit: Disney Parks via Twitter)

Star Wars Day dropped off a surprise reveal: the lightsaber of our dreams is real. Yes, Disney's confirmed that a new lightsaber toy (or is it a prop?) that uses an extending glowing light — which looks pretty real, right? — is coming to its Star Wars hotel in Walt Disney World. And, of course, it sounds like a lightsaber too, with the humming and swooshing noises that warm our Jedi hearts.

The reveal came from the Disney Parks Twitter account, which posted a video of a female Jedi who reveals the saber, while we hear Rey (Daisy Ridley) say "Light, darkness, a balance," in a voice-over.

The lightsaber pictured only glows blue, so we're curious as to whether or not other-colored blades will be available to give you the option to "balance" out the force, as Rey spoke of. Bonus points for anyone looking for Mace Windu's purple lightsaber. We're also not seeing any signs of the Darksaber shown in The Mandalorian, which we're guessing is still in development. 

This follows a tease to reporters last month, where plans for the lightsaber were first introduced. As for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel? That will open in 2022. The Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience will be much more than anything fans have ever experienced, as a blog post details. It states, "you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions and actions – or even the casual conversations you may have – determine how your personal journey unfolds."

That trip will involve entering a Launch Pod that sends you into hyperspace, and then entering the Halcyon starcruiser — where you'll stay for the next two nights. The hotel sounds like the Star Wars version of the Sleep No More live interactive theatrical experience, where you can engage with a series of characters (old and new).

Getting back to the working lightsaber, your stay will involve lightsaber training, which sounds like the getaway we could all use right now. Concept art of the lightsaber training makes it look like you'll be batting away laser beams shot out of a wall. No combat was shown in the post.

Star Wars Day: Lightsaber training on the Galactic Starcruiser

(Image credit: Disney Parks)

No word on if you get to take this new lightsaber home with you, or if it's just a prop for your stay. If you actually get to take it home with you, we bet it's gonna cost a fat stack of Galactic Credits. The lightsabers in the Galaxy's Edge theme park cost up to $199, before adding on a blade (which costs up to $50). 

We're keeping our senses attuned to the skies for more news on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, so keep your eyes locked to Tom's Guide for more updates.

Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.