If you were at the official opening of new Star Wars Rise of the Resistance attraction at Disney World, or have watched the footage of the ceremony, you would have noticed a pair of X-Wing Starfighters taking flight.
That was no industrial light and magic, btw. Not projection as it probably would be the case in the past. The Red 1 and Red 3 are the real-deal and the company responsible for them turns out to be American aviation company, Boeing.
We couldn’t find any official words on this, though. However, according to our source, Boeing has confirmed the X-Wings flown at the opening ceremony were indeed “Boeing aircraft.” But that was all Boeing was willing divulge for now.
Thankfully, the world is not lacking of eagle-eyed fans who deduced that the X-Wings were in fact modified versions of Boeing’s Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV) drones that made its world debut last year.
Obviously, a flying contraption with as many as eight rotors wouldn’t be as realistic, but thanks to the distance from the guests and the cover of the darkness, Red 1 and Red 3 turned out to be pretty convincing. I’d say if the aim of the open ceremony was immersion, Boeing and Disney certainly nailed it.
Images: YouTube (Disneyland Experience).