Fans have wanted a “real-life” lightsaber ever since they first saw old “Ben” Kenobi ignite his in the original Star Wars. Of course, for most of us, possessing such a laser sword would likely result in instant self-dismemberment. Thankfully there is an alternative. We originally told you about the innovative new replica of the elegant weapon for a more civilized age back in May. Disney Imagineering has just released some new footage of its development, and we can’t wait!

The new imagery of the self-expanding lightsaber comes as part of an “Imagineering Innovation Showcase” for the Disney Parks. The video also includes footage of other attractions and rides, including the next-level robotics that go into the parks’ animatronic characters. For Star Wars fans, though, the highlight of the video (at around the 43-second mark) is another glimpse at the closest thing to a real-life Jedi weapon we’re going to get. There’s just on catch.

Real-life Star Wars lightsaber coming to Galactic Starcruiser

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The weapon is perhaps one of the most iconic in all of science fiction/fantasy. The Skywalker lightsaber has evolved into a Star Wars character in its own right, much the same way the Millennium Falcon has over the years. Fans young and old all want one for their collection… but this one is going to be hard to obtain, at least at first. You see, for the time being, it will only be available at the Galactic Starcruiser.

For those unaware, the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is the new, live-action role-play experience coming to Disney World next year. You’ll fully immerse yourself into the galaxy far, far away over a two-night “voyage” at the destination hotel. Unfortunately, the experience will set you back, significantly. That two-night experience for a couple will run you close to five thousand ($5,000) dollars.

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Still one of the best lightsaber images in all of Star Wars. (Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Sure, there will be those that can and will pay it, and they’ll be among the first with a chance to own the real-life lightsaber replica. The rest of us, sadly, will have to wait. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted as new details about the Galactic Starcruiser experience, and the real-life lightsaber, emerge.