Disney World releases new views of its interactive Star Wars hotel
Walt Disney World today dropped a couple of new concept art images for its upcoming Star Wars resort
, which will allow visitors to interact in a Star Wars themed-adventure on a level not previously seen in theme park hotels.
We still don't have an official name or an opening date for the resort, which will be connected with the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land that opens in 2019 in Disney's Hollywood Studios. But Disney is teasing it hard: "Families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space!"
Here's the new concept art:
Which complement previously-released images:
In the comments, you are welcome to fill in the blanks with your best guesses on pricing, packages, and what the experience might most be like relative to anything else in this business.
I think the size of this hotel is the biggest unknown, which is still a complete mystery (along with its exact location, exterior styling, and opening date - from what anyone can tell they haven't even broken ground on this yet).
Somehow, I don’t think bunk beds and concrete floors are a good combination, but maybe that’s just me.
I wonder if being "screened in" will have an unexpected unsettling effect on visitors..
Robert, did you ever do the Star Trek Experience in Vegas? This seems like a Disneyfied version: It will be bigger and better.
I've never been on board with the whole themed hotel idea. I think most people are looking for a place to relax and reenergise after being in the park all day. I don't think people are looking to be entertained 24 hrs. a day. But our opinion really doesn't matter as this is clearly an effort to cater to the rich and give them a reason to spend 1g per night. They will determine the success or failure of this experiment. If successful there is no doubt that Universal will follow with a Harry Potter hotel asap.
I have a feeling that the pricing will put off and/or rule out a LOT of people and families. We all know this isn't going to be a reasonably priced hotel.
Seems like if the next Star Wars flops, the rooms will be easier to get. I can’t imagine sleeping in Luke, Han, or Leia’s death bed.
I still think the term hotel is likely a bit of a misnomer for this. More likely than not, it will probably be an all-inclusive multi-day experience for around $1,000 per room (2 adults + 1 or 2 children). From everything Disney has released, the point of this is to go live in the Star Wars Galaxy for two or three days, not just to stay in a Star Wars themed hotel while visiting the parks as a normal visitor. I may wind up being completely wrong, but at this time I'm holding to the belief that this will be completely unlike anything offered anywhere until proven otherwise.
I like the idea of themed hotels, but I think it's going to be hard not to break the illusion in some way.
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I give it two years at most and the tech will be phased out and people will have views of Florida again.
I think you're right AJ. This will be a niche thing for a particular group of cashed up Star Wars fans. Visiting Disney world will probably be of secondary concern to the guests (who will have multi day passes anyway, even if they're not in the parks much).
I think the mindset people should use when looking at this "Star Wars Hotel" is that it is less a hotel than it is a fantasy-cruise-on-land. It is not just a "hotel room" to come back to after being in the parks all day. This is like boarding a cruise ship and having a Roleplaying adventure, where once you check in all you do is Star Wars stuff for 2 days. You go into the hotel and are then "onboard the ship in space" and you have fun things to do there...or you can go down to the Star Wars Land and be in that part of the park (of course you can go to other parts or leave property if you want, but people spending all that money to do this are people who WANT to be immersed in just the Star Wars for two days).
Years ago, Disney was trying to come up with a boutique park experience, like Sea World's Aquatica, where you swim with the dolphins. This seems like the answer to that. It's probably like a cruise ship experience on steroids, where every moment is part of the story. I imagine a two-day adventure, where at 5 o'clock, the ship is attacked by the Empire, (or First Order) and you go through certain motions to escape and have dinner. As a Star Wars fan, I would do it once.
If this turns out to be as good as I'm thinking it'll be, I will definitely stay. Oh, it'll take a couple of years to save up for it, but this is a memory. An experience I'll have forever, like saving up to go to the Super Bowl.
Way out of my price range, but I'll bet lots of people will be visiting this hotel, just to take in the sights and snap some pics. Expect lots of gawkers who aren't staying there...
I never thought any of the space ships in the Star Wars universe looked inviting enough to stay beyond a quick visiting unlike for instance Cloud City that looks actually nice.
Not sure about spending a week in hotel with no windows but could be fun for a night.
My biggest concern is going to be the lack of exterior windows. I think guests will find it downright eerie to never see outdoors. After long days in the park, hotels are there for guests to unwind. I can't imagine being able to relax in a place like this.
If, as reported, this hotel is directly connected to Galaxy's Edge (along the perimeter of DHS), then Disney could easily limit access with MagicBands. Vehicular access would be limited to those with confirmed reservations. I'm not saying that Disney will do that, but if they're going to charge $1,000/night for an experience like this, they would be foolish to not protect it from freeloaders.
I'd also like to know how they plan to build an immersive experience that *doesn't* involve Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill? Luke and Han are now dead in the movies and Carrie unfortunately passed away in real life. I know Star Wars is bigger than those three but they are still central to it. I'm certainly not paying $1000 a night for newly created characters or background players from the movies. Is this hotel set in the Old Republic, the Empire, the New Republic or the latest civil war? Or does it somehow exist in a Star Wars universe where there never was a Republic/Empire clash? I don't see how they can sort out enough of a story to full immerse their guests without losing the basics of Star Wars in the process.
I would have loved it if they had opened a haunted hotel or twilight zone themed hotel.
Cruise ships have interior rooms that have screens that are virtual windows. Disney could build hotels that are much more efficient in use of space with some interior rooms.
I can’t imagine more than a two night stay. That’s 48 hours of total immersion, time that I would not want to waste sleeping, and doubt my body could stand much more than that!
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