California business is one of a flood of ventures offering whole-body, fully immersive virtual reality experiences for about double the price of a movie ticket Imagine putting on a helmet, lowering the visor and being transported immediately from your humdrum day-to-day existence into your own Star Wars adventure. Well, holster that blaster because the kind of fantasy that could once only be woven into the dreams of the young is now becoming a reality.

The Void is the latest in a flood of businesses offering whole-body, fully immersive virtual reality experiences for about double the price of a movie ticket. The company’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire scenario instructs players that their mission is to recover Imperial intelligence critical to the survival of the Rebellion – yes, that Rebellion, of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

In reality, the players are in a room full of cameras, movement sensors and other gadgetry in the shadow of Disneyland in southern California. As far as they are concerned, they are rebels disguised as Imperial storm troopers on the molten planet of Mustafar, battling giant lava monsters and generally taking care of business.

Wearing vests weighed down by hi-tech hardware, the players can reach out and touch what they are seeing in their visors, feel the breeze on their faces and hear creatures scuttling around them. Designed in partnership with Disney-owned Lucasfilm, which makes the Star Wars movies, the experience involves all the senses, says marketing director John Kirkpatrick.

“I really felt like I was in the movie,” says player Sean Oshima, 29, a technology consultant. “I was really amazed by this technology. Read more from scmp.com…

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