When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, it will likely be the first location to use what Disney is calling “Magic Power”, a wireless charging system that will be able to recharge devices such as interactive Star Wars gadgets and even the autonomous droid characters that will inhabit and interact with guests on the planet Batuu in the new theme park land.
How will this be accomplished? Last year, Disney filed a patent for the technology and Disney Research even put out a video showing how this wireless electrical current technology works:
If this rumor is to be believed, the garbage cans throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be elevated about 6 inches off of the ground. Underneath each of them, a piece of tech will be present that can charge compatible devices wirelessly within a certain distance. It is expected that Disney will be selling plenty of interactive tech gadgets (i.e. lightsabers, etc.) for guests to utilize in Galaxy’s Edge and that they don’t want guests having to find USB outlets constantly while playing around with them in the parks. As well, Disney needs to be able to power the interactive, free-roaming droids and other characters that will call Black Spire Outpost home, making sure they are present and operational for the entire day’s-worth of guests that will meander through (and likely waited hours to do so).
As other technologies progress, it is possible that one day even cell phones will be compatible with these charging stations, allowing guests to visit Disney Parks without ever having to worry about their items running out of power.
A test of the technology is expected in the coming weeks with Disney Springs rumored to be the likely location for said test. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.