Madame Tussauds London has announced details of a major new multi million pound expansion: Star Wars at Madame Tussauds.
Set to open in May 2015, the Star Wars at Madame Tussauds has been created in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm. The new immersive experience will occupy a new area across two floors at the Baker Street site, with the potential for further expansion. Madame Tussauds Berlin will also open a smaller scale Star Wars experience in the same month.
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds will include 11 iconic scenes from Star Wars Episodes I-VI, featuring 16 much loved characters. Visitors will be able to join Princess Leia in Jabba the Hutt’s Throne Room; Yoda in the swamps of Dagobah (the first figure to be revealed); Han Solo at the cantina bar; Chewbacca on board the Millennium Falcon and witness the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader on the Death Star.
The experience uses special effects to create the next level of immersive experience at the attraction. Ben Sweet, Madame Tussauds London's General Manager, explains: "Star Wars at Madame Tussauds takes the Madame Tussauds experience up a notch, as guests will not just be able to get close to their film heroes, they will be able to star alongside them and grab a selfie in specially recreated scenes of some of their favourite movie moments. We're working very closely with Disney and Lucasfilm to ensure 100 per cent authenticity and our team has had exclusive access to props, costumes, designs and even had a ‘sitting’ with one of the original Yoda models at Skywalker Ranch in California. Yoda's wax figure is now complete and the results are astonishing.
“But this experience is about much more than the figures. Guests will be able to step right into an atmospheric recreation of Yoda's swamp like Luke Skywalker did in The Empire Strikes Back and see the fiery lava of Mustafar as Anakin turns to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith. Guests will become truly immersed in the films in a new and exciting way. We hope to delight fans and give them a unique way to celebrate the Star Wars story."
Image: Merlin Entertainments – Work is underway on an atmospheric recreation of Dagobah’s swamp scene, home to Yoda’s new Madame Tussauds wax figure