Panasonic’s laser projectors are all over the place inside the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. And we want to show you! So, here’s the footage we took riding the ride earlier today — it includes story spoilers so, if you’re going to experience the ride totally for yourself, don’t watch! But, for those of you who want to see how Disney integrated nearly 80 4K DLP-based laser projectors along the path of the ride, watch!
“When we first began speaking with Disney about the size and scope of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, it became clear this was going to be a groundbreaking attraction,” said John Baisley, senior vice president of professional imaging and visual systems, Panasonic Systems Solutions Company of North America. “Working with Disney, we developed and designed a Panasonic 4K visual technology solution that helps Disney seamlessly integrate physical and visual elements throughout the entire experience.”
The ride, in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (the newest themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in California), Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance brings guests into an epic battle against the First Order. That battle includes a plethora of 4K resolution laser projectors.
“Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences that we have ever created,” said Paul Bailey, technical director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “With the help of Panasonic laser projection technology, we were able to bring a First Order Star Destroyer and other visual details to life, pixel by pixel.”
Disney has used Panasonic technology to bring captivating fan experiences to life for more than 20 years. In addition to supporting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Panasonic’s projection technology is part of experiences across Disney Parks.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It will open at Disneyland Resort in California on Jan. 17, 2020.