Disney announce plans to open a Star Wars hotel

Disney has confirmed that it will open a Star Wars-themed hotel at the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park in Florida.

It will resemble a spaceship from the Star Wars universe, and guests will be able to take part in an immersive and interactive Star Wars story experience: a two-day narrative event that will unfold over the course of a stay.

It is rumoured that it will also be possible to undertake ‘secret missions’, mix with characters from the films (who will roam the corridors and public areas), duel with lightsabers and learn to pilot spacecraft.

Bob Chapek, Disney’s Park and Resorts Chairman, confirmed the rumours at the recent D23 Expo, an annual event organised by the official Disney fan club.

“From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire,” said Chapek.

“Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you.”

The idea was initially revealed in a survey, sent out by Disney through a third party, to gauge public interest in the potential project.

 The survey brief offers further indication of what amenities might be on offer, including a pool area, water park and fitness centre. Meals would be taken in the ‘cantina’ (hopefully with live music from a Bith band), and food and drink would be served by droid butlers.

Rooms would accommodate up to four people, who would be able to enjoy views of the galaxy from their windows.

Available for two-night stays only, rooms would reportedly cost $900 to $1,000 (£700 to £780) per person. This would include all meals, as well as admission to the theme park.

A Disney spokesperson said: “We know our guests love all things in the world of Star Wars, and we’re continually exploring new ideas and gathering guest feedback as we develop plans to bring Star Wars to life at Disneyland Park”.

Star Wars Land will be the company’s joint-largest single-theme land expansion – the other is a similar Star Wars theme park under construction at Disneyland Park in California.

Disney is closely guarding the details at present, although both parks will reportedly feature a life-size and controllable model of the Millennium Falcon.

If the hotel goes ahead, it will be at least 2019 before Star Wars buffs can head to Florida to live out their sci-fi fantasies.

Until then, the best alternative is Hotel Sidi Driss in Tunisia, which fans will recognise as Luke Skywalker’s childhood home on Tattooine. Many of the original props are still on display in and around the hotel.

SOURCE: The Telegraph


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