Star Wars Hotel

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Star Wars Hotel
Star Wars Hotel Concept art.jpg
Location Epcot Resort Area
Resort type Deluxe resort
Theme Star Wars

Star Wars Hotel is a proposed Star Wars-themed luxury hotel to be built near Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. The hotel accompanies the under-construction Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge themed area in Disney's Hollywood Studios.[1]

History[edit]

In April 2017, Disney contracted the website swagbucks.com to survey visitors in order to gauge interest in a possible Star Wars-themed hotel. As a result of the survey, Disney decided to approve such a hotel, with a visitor experience based on the Star Wars storyline.[2][3]

Definite plans for the Star Wars Hotel were first announced at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim.[4] The proposal was announced as part of the unveiling of 23 improvements and additions to Disney parks around the world.[5]

Description[edit]

The Star Wars Hotel has no set opening date according to the Orlando Sentinel.[6] According to renderings, the new hotel would be shaped like a Star Wars starship.[5][7] The rooms would have children's bunk beds and adult-sized beds in the style of Star Wars bunkers,[8] with each room fitting up to 4 people.[2] Renderings also showed a lobby in the style of a Star Wars spaceship interior.[8]

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, stated that the Star Wars Hotel would be Disney's "most experiential concept ever" when it opens.[6] Chapek described the hotel as a "100% immersive" experience that "will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”[9] Some examples of the planned features included creatures and droids acting as certain hotel staff such as butlers; guests wearing Star Wars costumes; and an ability to interact with features of the hotel as if visitors were really in the Star Wars universe.[10] Visitors would also be able to have lightsaber training and duels (an extension of the Jedi Training Academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios[2]); explore and pilot Star Wars spacecraft; and go on "secret missions" personalized toward the visitors' experience.[7]

One writer for The Verge called the planned hotel a "Westworld for Star Wars fans," noting the different hotel amenities that would allow the immersive-hotel experience to occur.[10] Mic compared the planned hotel to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, both of which are existing hotels containing immersive experiences, though to a lesser extent.[11]

On May 30, 2018, it was announced that the hotel would be located just south of Disney's Hollywood Studios, to the east of World Drive.[12] That July, it was revealed that the hotel's direct entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios would be located between the Millennium Falcon and Battle Escape attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. There would be a limited amount of parking in the hotel, although valet parking would be available. Guests entering the park by foot would have to cross over a drainage ditch on the park's southern border.[13] There would also be a driveway connecting to the parking lot of Disney's Hollywood Studios.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fashingbauer Cooper, Gael (July 16, 2017). "Disney's Star Wars land named Galaxy's Edge, includes resort". CNET. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Disney's Star Wars Hotel: Sleep In A Starship, Live In The Story". Slashfilm. April 18, 2017. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Jamie (April 18, 2017). "Star Wars: Disney fans asked about a new theme hotel". WFTV. Archived from the original on April 30, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kumparak, Greg (July 15, 2017). "Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Levine, Arthur (July 18, 2017). "Disney announces 23 wild new developments for its theme parks". USA TODAY. Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (July 15, 2017). "Coming to Disney World: Tron, Guardians of the Galaxy ride, 'Star Wars' hotel". OrlandoSentinel.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Mulvihill, Tom (July 17, 2017). "The world's first official Star Wars-themed hotel to open at Walt Disney World Orlando". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Strachan, Maxwell (July 19, 2017). "Wait, This 'Immersive' 'Star Wars'-Themed Hotel Looks Awesome". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (July 15, 2017). "Plans Unveiled for Star Wars-Inspired Themed Resort at Walt Disney World". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Bishop, Bryan (July 16, 2017). "Disney wants to build a Westworld for Star Wars fans". The Verge. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ Marino, Valerie (August 1, 2017). "The 'Star Wars' hotel isn't just for fans. It might be the future of immersive travel". Mic. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (May 30, 2018). "Update on the Star Wars Immersive Resort Planned for Walt Disney World Resort". Disney Parks Blog. 
  13. ^ Russon, Gabrielle (2018-07-05). "Disney: New details on Star Wars hotel access". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2018-08-16. 
  14. ^ "New Details Reveal the 'Star Wars' Hotel at Walt Disney World Will Have Special Access". Travel + Leisure. July 6, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.