Can anyone deny that one of the best lines from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, or of the entire saga for that matter, was Han Solo’s reply to Princess Leia’s “I love you” before he was frozen in carbonite? “I know.” Ugh, what a badass. If you ever wanted to renact this moment with your love interest in the most realistic manner, take them to one of the Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and not only can you pretend to be Han Solo, you can also take home your own personalized carbonite imprint.
The new attraction at Hollywood Studios makes use of 3D printing technology by allowing fans to step inside a studio for cameras to map out their exact facial features. Known as the “Carbon-Freeze Me Experience,” the specially designed attraction captures multiple angles of a fan’s face before the team reconstruct the image for printing. The photoshoot is estimated to be about 30 minutes, and you must arrive makeup-free.
After the shoot, the processing will take approximately four weeks, and fans will receive their 8-inch tall carbonite figurines in the mail that can be hung on the wall just like Jabba the Hutt used to do. The only requirement is for fans to be above the age of 3, so even your toddlers can get their own Han Solo moment even before they realize how epic this will be later in life.
At $100 apiece including a light-up wristband, we’re thinking the souvenir ain’t so pricey for a Disney attraction item. Roller coaster pictures generally cost upward of $50 per set, and the customized figurine seems like a one-of-a-kind experience. We’re a little vary of the ending disclaimer that “All prices, components and information are subject to change without notice” though. Better get on the ride before the price begins to hike.
We’re also anticipating the line for the Carbon-Freeze Me Experience to be longer than most rides at the theme park, so make your appointments early if this souvenir is an absolute must-have. Folks at Inside The Magic noted that a call made last Monday took 13 minutes before a representative even picked up.
Note that you can’t just go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios just for the photoshoot; a full park admission ticket must be purchased to enter the theme park even if that’s the only attraction you plan to visit. Disney has begun accepting reservations this week, with the experience officially beginning next Friday, May 18th and ending on June 10th. The number you want is 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324).
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