In the latest episode of The Imagineering Story, the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) documentary gives viewers a look behind-the-scenes as the Imagineers work some of the special effects found in the all-new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (SW: ROTR).
It would be fair to say the behind-the-scenes look could be considered a HUGE SPOILER for SW: ROTR. HOWEVER! If you’ve been reading our website recently, you’re probably okay with the spoilers. Lets get into the details!
It’d be fair to suggest one of the most extraordinary parts of SW: ROTR is when your escape pod is jettisoned out of the Star Destroyer and back to Batuu.
When talking about the effect, Scott Trowbridge, Lead Imagineer for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, said that they understood that the trackless tech would be great for the ride’s storyline, but they “needed a bit more thrill, and a bit more visceral thrill”.
What was born was the idea of the drop thrill that acts as the finale of SW: ROTR. Trowbridge said the team thought about the idea of taking their trackless vehicle and “mounting it to a motion-based experience like Star Tours”.
What WDI came up with is an excellent effect of a motion base attached to a “free fall drop tower” as illustrated in the renderings below. Below is an excellent quote from Mike of Blog Mickey about the effect:
“The result, in our opinion, is one of the most realistic, most immersive effects that you can find at a Disney theme park anywhere in the world. It’s an exciting, exhilarating drop that does just enough to get a drop feeling in your stomach without going all-out like a Tower of Terror. The resulting motion base simulator rivals (and maybe surpasses) what Disney does with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but in a much more thrilling package.”
If you want to watch The Imagineering Story, it can be streamed on DisneyPlus.com. It’s worth the watch trust us!
Source: Blog Mickey