The Void. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
The Void at Disney Springs is an epic virtual reality escape room attraction. Guests are sent on a mission to recover Imperial intelligence to help the rebellion; dispatched in teams of 4 to battle against storm troopers, a giant insect and Darth Vader himself! I'm pretty sure my girlfriend was ready to join the Sith as soon as she saw Vader. It is one of the cooler attractions at Walt Disney World and one you do not want to miss if you are a Star Wars fan.
Pricing: $34.75 including taxes and fees*
Hours: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Last departure is 10:45PM^
The Void restrictions:
Must be 48 inches or taller
Must be at least 10 years old
The sign-up process is easy. You can reserve time slots online at www.TheVoid.com or you can go in person, unfortunately, both choices have a processing fee, which none of us like to pay, especially at box office! Once you arrive at The Void (located in the marketplace section of Disney Springs right next to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique), you are required to sign two waivers, lengthy, boring, and I didn't read through them through. You then receive a wrist band and wait in a line to receive your orders for the mission.
Getting your orders is where you decide on what color storm trooper you will be. The accent colors change on the general white of the storm trooper, so you can tell each other apart.
Your Mission: (If you choose to accept it)
"Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters to fulfill your team's orders."
After the intro, your fitted with virtual reality gear and game is explained, and you head into a virtual reality maze. It is a truly engrossing experience. During the game, I’m walking across this bridge. In my head, I’m thinking, “I know that’s just a floor I’m walking on”, however, I can't help but put my arms out and balance myself to make sure I don't fall off that bridge. Most of the aspects felt so real, people were ducking for cover when storm troopers came out and started firing. Like, laser tag games, each time you are hit your vest vibrates. In one instance a member of our party tried to ditch us in a different room to avoid getting shot.
It was one of the most immersive experiences I have had the pleasure of experiencing, besides actual adventure travel. For Star Wars fans, this fantasy world and traveling to Mustafar may be the closest to joining the rebellion you can possibly get, unless your friends with George Lucas.
Overall, it was an excellent time! I wish it was a little bit longer, the actual VR part only took about 30 minutes and the overall time was about an hour. For most people the 30 minutes would be enough, but I love games like that. I am still hoping the void opens a Skyrim version eventually.
*Pricing is subject to change at anytime
^Hours subject to change