To help enforce social distancing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Walt Disney World has enlisted Stormtroopers from “Star Wars.”
On May 20, parts of its Disney World reopened, including outdoor restaurants, entertainment venues and its shopping district, Disney Springs. Visitors must now follow rules that require all guests to wear face coverings, pass fever tests and maintain a distance of 6 feet from other guests whenever possible.
Attractions Magazine shared a video last week of two Imperial soldiers encouraging visitors to “move along” and “stay in your sector” as they patrol from a balcony above a shopping plaza. Pre-recorded banter between the two troopers can be heard over a loudspeaker.
“Hey, you! With the face covering!” yells one Stormtrooper in the video.
“They all have face coverings,” the other mocks.
“Well, we made them all look,” the first trooper responds.
The Disney World amusement park has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 crisis and went on to furlough some 43,000 Disney World Resort employees in April. Park officials plan to launch an incremental reopening on their theme parks starting on July 11, with Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom slated to open first.
While fans await the relaunch of Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, which just opened in late 2019, they may be able to get their Force fix with Lucasfilm’s new immersive VR experience, “Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge,” due later this year.