Disney Turns Epcot’s Spaceship Earth into Star Wars’ Death Star
When the Dark Side takes over at dusk, be on the lookout for the ominous space station in place of Epcot’s best-known icon
The iconic super-massive space station from George Lucas’ creation became a reality for a single night at Disney’s Epcot theme park in celebration of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie premiere. The event happened on December 5th, 2016 where using state-of-the-art projection technology, Disney made this daring conversion—although only visually—to the Spaceship Earth geodesic sphere, which towers near the main entrance of the theme park. The visual effects were simply amazing as they managed to project the green laser beam used to destroy planets in the intergalactic saga. But don’t worry, they are not planning to point it towards the moon anytime soon.
Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas in 2012 for just over $4 billion dollars and that investment has already been paid back thanks to the 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made well over $1 billion in the first few weeks since its release. And that’s not all, Disney saw the opportunity to build a whole new set of storylines on which new adventures can be built for the newer generations of Star Wars fans. From merchandising to costumes to licensed products, the Star Wars franchise dominates above all other movie franchises and is a driving force for inspiring new sci-fi adventures by filmmakers, comic book artists and others who believe in the Power of the Force.
Expect to see a lot more Star Wars action at Disney’s theme parks in 2017 as new exhibits, shows and additions are made in preparation for the upcoming breaking ground of the “Star Wars Land” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is set to open sometime in 2018. Be sure to keep reading our Vista Cay Resort by Millenium blog regularly for updates about this and other Star Wars-themed attractions coming to Disney’s theme parks in Orlando. And may the Force be with you, always!