There are fewer Disneyworld images that are more iconic than the Epcot Center. Its' large, impressive white globe is one of the many things you think of when you remember Walt Disney World.
Well that famous white globe' getting a Star Wars makeover to celebrate the release of Rogue One which is coming out this Christmas. The film, which is the first installment of the Star Wars anthology, stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe, and Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso.
So, what kind of Disney makeover are we talking? Well, they're taking inspiration from the most iconic spherical shape in the Star Wars franchise, of course.
That's right, they're turning Epcot into a mother-flippin' death star.
Using digital projections, Epcot's Spaceship Earth is getting the Death Star treatment. The news broke on the Disney Parks Blog. "During our Star Wars celebration, Spaceship Earth will be transformed into the Death Star through digital projections," the announcement reads. "And before the Death Star appears, we will be sharing updates on current and upcoming Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios."
But if you're hoping on seeing this bad-assery in person, well, we've got some bad news for you.
The affair is invite-only, for media peeps. So unless you can grab your hands on some press-credentials, you won't be able to see it.
If that applies to you, then you can RSVP here. Of course, you could always convince a media outlet not based in Florida to have them give you creds for their publication in exchange for photos.
Funny enough, Orlando Weekly art director, Adam McCabe predicted this would happen way back in 2013. When talking about attractions he'd like to see at the park, McCabe wrote, "The giant Spaceship Earth ball in Epcot Center, looming in the middle of it all, could be a massive representation of the Death Star itself. It wouldn't just be for show, but would be a fully immersive live-action ride very much like Indiana Jones in California." He better be getting a press pass.