Madame Tussauds London today announced a multi-million pound expansion at its world famous Baker Street attraction, with a major new Star Wars experience due to open in May this year. Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds will be a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures will appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects will add to the immersion, as fans step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.
16 characters will feature in the new experience, which will bring to life 11 scenes from the first six Star Wars films covering a galaxy of locations, including the swamps of Dagobah, Jabba’s Throne Room and the flight deck of the Millennium Falcon. Fans can wield a lightsaber with Anakin Skywalker; feel the Force alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn when they take on Darth Maul on Naboo; join the captive Princess Leia and the evil Jabba the Hutt in his Throne Room; hang out with Han Solo in the legendary cantina bar before stepping onto the Millennium Falcon with the Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca; and witness the ultimate battle as father and son, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, embark on their final duel.
“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,” commented Madame Tussauds London’s General Manager, Ben Sweet. He continued: “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.”
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds represents a significant new expansion for Madame Tussauds London, opening up an entire new area across two floors of the iconic Baker Street site to provide a spectacular finale to the current visit. The space has been designed for further expansion and additional content for new figures and scenes to be added in the future.
The experience is due to open in mid-May this year and fans can sign up at www.madametussauds.com/london to be the first to know when tickets go on sale, plus find all the latest news and updates.
A similar, but smaller-scale experience will also open at Madame Tussauds Berlin in May featuring some of the same Star Wars characters, but in different specially recreated scenes.