The transformation into the Empire’s super weapon is about as awesome as you thought it would be.
I just watched the livestream and I’m beyond excited. Disney and Star Wars together creating moments like these are what memories are made of. I’m a 34 year old man and I won’t ever forget this. And that’s having watched it from my television in my living room 2 hours away from Epcot.
If you were lucky enough to go to the event then I am envious. And if you brought your little ones? Man, what a time to be a kid. If your children saw this in the park or even at home, I can’t imagine they aren’t awestruck. It’s just so cool. Of course it’s celebrating a giant super weapon called the Death Star that destroys planets, but let’s not get down on that one little element!
Here’s the whole half hour livestream below with some really cool images further below. If you want to see the Death Star then skip to the 21:00 mark because the hosts and first guest are about as fun to watch as it was for Poe to be mind raped by Kylo Ren.
Let’s discuss the details of the livestream.
The hosts are straight up AWFUL. Like, they said “May the Force be with you” at least a dozen times. Each time without any enthusiasm from the crowd. There wasn’t one clap from anyone the last time they said it. Everyone was just like, “SHOW ME SPACEHIP EARTH AS DEATH STARRRGH!” and I can’t blame them.
Fortunately, they brought out Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso) to keep our attention. And the guy is just the best. One of the best Bond villains, the best Hannibal (yeah, I said it), and so stoically likable. When asked how he was feeling about it all, Mads said,“I’m over the moon!” to which the host had his one good line of the night in replying, “That’s no moon!”
Mads said his character, Galen Erso, was working on something that could have made the world [galaxy] a safer place, but the Empire had other plans. He then introduced a brief clip of Galen having a conversation with Ben Mendelsohn’s, Director Krennic. Galen says to Krennic, “You’re confusing piece with terror.” This was immediately followed with a montage of Rogue One footage with some very quick new imagery, but nothing overly different. It looked like all the rest of the things we’ve seen so far, which, to be frank, is stellar.
Here’s the other Star Wars related parks info below.
1. There are new additions to the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away daytime show. During the show, fans will be getting a sneak peek at the AWR Troopers who’ll be working under Director Krennic in Rogue One.
2. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will be making its intergalactic return, replacing Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM on New Year’s Eve.
3. Rogue One props are coming to the Star Wars Launch Bay!
4. There will also be new making-of Rogue One footage added to the “Meet the Makers” segment of the cool Star Wars: Path of the Jedi film presented at the Launch Bay.
5. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will also be getting updates. Beginning in the middle of December, more randomized tracks will be making their way into the ride. On top of that, the attraction will both start and end at different Star Wars locations.
6. Last but not least, an all-new Star Wars–themed tour will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017 starting January 2. The seven hour adventure will take guests on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, offer a meet and greet with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren at the Star Wars Launch Bay, an insider tour of the Launch Bay, a viewing of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, and Star Wars-themed cuisine at Backlot Express. The tour will conclude with the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, with a special viewing of the accompanying show.
Really cool stuff, but the detail they’re leaving out about Star Tours is that one of the new updates is a scene from Star Wars: Episode VIII starting in 2017!
But enough of that really cool and interesting stuff that I’m totally checking out as soon as possible–How was Spaceship earth’s transformation into the Death Star? View the pics below!
I literally was caught on video going, “Ohhhhhhwwww!” or something similar to whatever the hell that is when the Death Star’s super laser went off. Just as I wished it would when we first reported about this event (also, my Photoshopping was ON POINT).
Now excuse me while I go to Epcot forever.