From Dewayne Bevil and posted on the Orlando Sentinel.

A new “Star Wars” experience, steeped in “hyper reality,” will be opening at Disney Springs later this year.

The new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire was announced by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB — which is the Immersive Entertainment division of Lucasfilm — and the VOID on Thursday.

“Through the power of the VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at the VOID.

Officials did not share the exact location of the future VOID Experience Center at Disney Springs, the opening date or how much tickets would cost. A news release said it would be “beginning this holiday season.” It’s a permanent set-up.

Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., also will open a Secrets of the Empire attraction.

Once open, visitors “will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multisensory experience as they interact and engage with friends, family and ‘Star Wars’ characters,” a news release said.

ILMxLAB created the first-of-its-kind experience, in collaboration with the VOID, which combines physical sets with real-time interactive effects. The VOID has locations in New York, Toronto, and Salt Lake City. Those attractions have a “Ghostbusters” storyline. Tickets in Toronto and Utah are $24 and $25, respectively.

Lucasfilm Ltd. is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., which has big theme-park plans already for its “Star Wars” franchise, including dedicated lands called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland plus an immersive “Star Wars”-themed hotel at Walt Disney World.


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