Lately we received an opportunity to talk with Disney Imagineer Alex Lee, an leisure producer for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Within the first a part of io9’s interview, carried out over video chat, Lee shared how friends have been influencing the continuing evolution of Walt Disney World’s first absolutely immersive expertise. Within the second half, he defined the way it’s all due to the laborious work of the crew inside guiding friends—and people behind the scenes making the magic.
As we’ve coated beforehand, the two-day “cruise” invitations Star Wars followers to take part of their personal journey in a galaxy far, distant, an expertise that’s stuffed with methods for friends to turn into part of the story. As you may think, it takes an unlimited quantity of coordination between all these secret missions, lightsaber coaching courses, musical performances, and even the meals served aboard the Halcyon, all creatively introduced into the expertise from an array of sources. “It’s a diversification of tales, but in addition a diversification of how I’m constructing my very own staff of designers, distributors, and companions who haven’t sometimes labored in a theme park atmosphere however do nice work,” Lee mentioned. “We’re in a position to assist clear a few of these boundaries for them and permit them to have an opportunity of executing work and coming into this franchise. Quite a lot of them come from marginalized communities or [are] owned by distributors of shade.”
As reactions to Galactic Starcruiser proceed to pour out on social media, the impact the solid has had on guests is seen not solely in response movies but in addition fan artwork and writing. “I’m truthfully enthralled by the response to Gaya and her crew,” Lee mentioned, referring to the music performer who headlines aboard the Halcyon. She’s a Twi’lek pop star, however her position is extra than simply her live performance look—she’s an authentic character for the expertise, with a storyline that has resonated with Galactic Starcruiser guests.
Lee identified it’s partly as a result of dedication from the assembled expertise—and partly as a result of probability Lucasfilm took to convey the entire thing to life as form of a residing play contained in the Star Wars universe. “I believe what we introduced to Lucasfilm to collaborate and produce on the artists that we did felt like such a threat, as a result of it’s not what has been recognized in Star Wars mainstream media, however we had been in a position to dive into the deeper catalog of all of their belongings to create Gaya’s story,” Lee mentioned. “We had been telling such overt tales and such overt messages by way of her development over the 2 days that folks might or might not choose up on, and so they love her. I believe the response to her music and the kind of heat that she exudes for the kind of character she is. We received to inform a complete new story of the Twi’leks, what they’re within the Star Wars universe and reframe the narrative for them … We’re pleased with the roles and tales that we created to focus on native Orlando expertise in a method that’s actually significant, and bringing a really intense artwork type, writing music and improv—[it requires] excessive stamina in a really sandbox story.”
Throughout rehearsals proper earlier than expertise previews, Star Wars hero (and present Moon Knight star) Oscar Isaac visited the Halcyon to get a sneak peek of its voyages right into a world he’s fairly conversant in. “It was nice that somebody from Star Wars, who was creating tales for everybody else, understands that’s what we had been doing, an expertise that’s very heartwarming that wasn’t a movie,” Lee mentioned. “And right here he was, in a full atmosphere. So it was a lot simpler for him to play. He was very excited within the bridge the place he has a selected affinity to [since he played a pilot in the films]. We inform so many alternative tales of each the First Order, in addition to with the Resistance, that we had been in a position to share with him and the varied tales that we had been telling and the archetypes that you simply see. Like Sammie, our mechanic [character], could be very a lot a wannabe hero, and also you see that full arc. That’s a really acquainted trope inside the Star Wars storyline.”
With characters that actually convey the expertise to life—one thing that’s since been given the seal of approval from Poe Dameron himself—the tales aboard the Halcyon proceed to increase from their authentic intentions. Disney’s Imagineers hope to supply an expertise that impacts vacationers in significant methods—and never simply the hardcore followers, but in addition curious events with informal curiosity (and deep pockets). “We’re in a position to tackle issues which can be extra real-world primarily based and messages which can be overt and related now and tie that again right into a Star Wars franchise,” Lee defined. “So we form of received to play on either side of that and discover a sturdy center floor of what friends are searching for from Star Wars.” Whereas Star Wars followers can count on appearances by acquainted characters—once more, we’re asking you to please not rat out Chewbacca—it’s the brand new ones you meet that Disney Imagineers hope stick with you when your personal journey unfolds aboard the Halcyon.
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