Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Using the Datapad App for immersive experiences

The Datapad App at Star Wars: Galaxy Edge is capable of a lot more than you may have expected.


Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is much more than just a Star Wars theme park. It's an entirely different world that's meant to be a complete immersive experience for fans to lose themselves in.

So it's no surprise that those responsible for bringing the attraction to life did everything they could to offer different ways for fans to feel as though they were truly walking into the world of Star Wars in real life with Galaxy's Edge in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. 

One way they accomplished this was by introducing the Datapad App for users wandering into the area. The Datapad App is more than just a simple companion to visitors' trips. It's also an experience. Shacknews spoke to Kelly White, Senior Director of Disney Parks Experiences, Emerging Tech & Innovation and Anisha Deshmane, Creative Producer at Walt Disney Imagineering, about bringing it to life. 

"When we think about digital and physical convergence, it's really about leveraging the devices guests have with them every day in their back pockets." But how do we use that to unlock physical interactions that are possible? We think about what's hidden and what's uncovered," said Kelly of the app, which is capable of allowing users many different kinds of unique moments within Galaxy's Edge.

"Here in the land, your Datapad allows you to hack into devices, droids, and ships. You can translate the Aurebesh language into English. You can scan crates of cargo to see what's inside of them. And you can actually tune into different transmissions and intercept communications between different people who are communicating throughout the land. It really is a great way to explore what's going on throughout the Outpost."

The Datapad App is a must-have for any visitors looking to travel through the Galaxy's Edge attraction, and Shacknews loved chatting about everything it was capable of and how it came to be. 

For more info about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Rise of the Resistance, be sure to check out the interview above. Be sure to check out other content like this by subscribing to the Shacknews and GamerHubTV YouTube channels.

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    December 19, 2019 2:00 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Using the Datapad App for immersive experiences

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      December 19, 2019 2:07 PM

      I wish I had known about this last week when I was at Disneyland. I did see the QR codes on the loot crates scattered all over the place but using a normal QR code scanner didn't do anything, of course.

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      December 19, 2019 2:19 PM

      It was fun "hacking" into different things at Galaxy's Edge. Random things would buzz, make strange noise, and come to life. I think even stormtroopers would randomly check on people that were hacking and start interrogating them.

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        December 19, 2019 5:26 PM

        i loke the interrogation idea, but if it happened to me i would not be a good actor / person to play along. im no good at RP

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          December 20, 2019 7:30 AM

          Yeah we were hacking a location and this guy wanted to take pictures of what we were hacking so we moved out of the way, and seconds later two stormtroopers approached him. He was totally embarassed and did not want ANY part in the role playing. They even sent in a fully decked out imperial officer minutes later to fully interrogate it. My daughter and I were cracking up that we got this guy in trouble...who wanted no part in the Star Wars roleplaying!

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      December 19, 2019 5:27 PM

      i used it a bunch when i was there. pretty cool, but hard to really commit to, cause i feel like i gotta keep moving and get to the major stuff i wanna see.

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