• LARPing goes to Disneyworld.

    From Peter Trei@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jun 2 11:06:03 2022
    LARPing has grown up.

    It seems to be turning into its own SF fannish experience,
    on a par with books and visual media. I suggest it needs more

    For me, LARPing has been something other fans were doing at cons.
    It didn't impact me. More recently, my daughters both got
    independently involved in local LARP groups, most of which ran
    over weekends at remote campsites.

    But I wasn't really aware of large-scale commercial LARPs. They've
    gotten big.

    Disney has this spring introduced a new event in Orlando,
    "Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser", which is a special hotel,
    constructed to internally appear to be a SW universe
    passenger cruiser. Guests sign up for a 3-day, 2-night event,
    which can cost over $6000 for a family of four.

    Inside, the hotel is configured to provide a 24/7 immersive experience.
    There are no windows, only video 'viewports' showing the space
    environment. There are a large number of non-customer NPCs, roping
    customers into taking parts in a wide ranging plot onboard with
    age-appropriate parts. Costuming and developing your own
    character is encouraged.

    Families can leave to visit regular Disneyworld (if they really want
    to), on a bus configured internally as a shuttle which docks at
    'Black Spire Outpost', a Star Wars themed new section of the park.
    However, I expect most will be there for the SW experience, not the
    Carousel of Progress.

    I'd heard a bit about this, but a recent article in the New Yorker
    explores the experience, and how it was developed, in great detail:

    "LARPing Goes to Disneyworld": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/05/30/larping-goes-to-disney-world
    Its a fascinating read.

    Disney leaned heavily on commerical LARPs to develop this, and
    the author explores that world in depth, including taking part
    in a small LARP based on Godwin's 'The Cold Equations'.

    Official Disney trailer:

    Positive review from CNET

    Somewhat more jaundiced:

    Things like this are, in my opinion, legit stfnal experiences,
    and merit discussion.


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  • From Someone Else@21:1/5 to Peter Trei on Thu Jun 2 15:43:10 2022
    Peter Trei <petertrei@gmail.com> wrote:

    "LARPing Goes to Disneyworld": >https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/05/30/larping-goes-to-disney-world >Its a fascinating read.

    Yes, it is. And now I have to reread Dream Park.

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