The VOID: Star Wars Secrets of the Empire Virtual Reality Experience
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you guys are having a great week so far! This past weekend my dad and I got to have our annual EPIC Star Wars DAY at Walt Disney World and it was so fun! We got to ride the new Star Tours, and got both new scenes, along with trying the new Baseline Taphouse, and doing the amazing virtual reality experience at The Void at Disney Springs!
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is still pretty new at Walt Disney World at Disney Springs, and the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland. My dad and I did the one at Disney Springs, which is located next to the Once Upon a Toy store and the Bibbidi Boppidi Boutique. We pre-ordered our tickets online which was very convenient! When you checkout you can choose to have the tickets emailed, printed or texted to you, or any combination of the three. I chose all three because I wanted proof of purchase if for some reason technology decided to work against me on during our check-in.
Speaking of check-in, it was super easy! We showed our tickets to the front door host (which I pulled up via text because technology decided to work with me!), and he showed us to an iPad where we scanned the QR code for our adventure. We filled out a basic information form and a liability release form and a small printer printed out our ID bands. Then we moved to a very small hallway to queue up to start our experience. You are supposed to have a team of four, but my dad and I got to do this experience just the two of us. That was really fun because it was a moment just for us to have fun, but it did make parts of the mission difficult.
The beginning of your experience starts where you pick out your armor color, and get to watch a short video overviewing your mission from Cassian from Rogue One. Then your group and the second group in the first viewing area move to the suit up area. This is where both groups will split off to do their own things. The actual vests and helmets that you wear are not heavy, and pretty comfortable. My dad and I forgot we were wearing them during our mission because we were so focused on what we were doing. I will say that if you have long hair, put it up for the helmet. I didn't and about halfway through I wish I had because it was getting in the way. You will do a test viewing and hearing with the cast member who helps you put on the vest and eye shield to make sure everything works.
Without giving too much away about the actually mission, you will see characters you already know, like K2-SO from Rogue One, Darth Vader, and a lot of Stormtroopers. Everything feels very real, down to when you may or may not get hit by a blaster. The Void did a great job with use of space, smell, and temperature to make you feel like your mission was actually taking place in the galaxy far far away.
We did not experience any major negatives, only that we wished our team was a full team of four, even if The Void had paired us up with two singles, or one other group of two. This would have made our mission a little easier to complete. And we wished that the actual mission was just one room longer. Each "room" takes about 3-5 minutes to complete. When we were done with the last room felt like the story just dropped a little. One more room might help round out the story.
If you're headed to Walt Disney World or Disneyland anytime soon, I would highly suggest doing Secrets of the Empire! It was well worth the money, which is $30 per person, and my dad and I both agreed we would do it again and again!
Have you done Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire yet? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney Adventures!
Be Magical Today!