Disney's 'Star Wars' Land Will Include a Completely Immersive Hotel

Sunday, 16 July 2017 - 7:35PM
Star Wars
Sunday, 16 July 2017 - 7:35PM
Disney's 'Star Wars' Land Will Include a Completely Immersive Hotel
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You've likely heard about the fancy Star Wars land that will eventually open in both major Disney parks. And while that's still off in the future, Disney revealed some new details about the park: first of all, its official name will be Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which fits the park's setting of a far-off Outer Rim outpost.

What we've also just learned at Disney's D23 expo is that alongside that immersive theme park (which will allow you to side with either the Resistance or the First Order) is also a completely immersive hotel resort in Walt Disney World in Florida. A resort which "combines a luxury resort with an immersion in an authentic Star Wars environment," according to Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, and which will apparently be modeled after a starship.

Only a Star Destroyer sounds big enough, but that's taken already: of the two Galaxy's Edge attractions inside the main park will already be modeled after a Star Destroyer hangar bay, while the other puts you in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon. 
So if you have the cash to actually stay at a resort within the high, wholesome walls of Disney World (and that's not usually cheap), you can pretend you're a Star Wars character for your entire vacation.

Pretending you live in Star Wars doesn't sound mentally healthy if you do it long term, but for just a holiday weekend, it's probably fine.

The common joke going around is that Disney is basically building a Star Wars-themed version of Westworld, and while it may seem that way at first, it's more like... no, actually, it does sound a lot like that. Here's more from Chapek: 

Opening quote
"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. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits."
Closing quote

So, if you wanted to dress up like a Star Wars character, go around with your lightsaber or blaster and go do Star Wars stuff all day, then you don't want to just go to Disneyland in California, which has the entire Galaxy's Edge land but not the extra hotel. For that truly "Star Wars version of Westworld" experience, you need to go to Disney World in Orlando and hope the hotel droids don't rise up against you. Because if that happens, you better hope the Force is with you.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is planned to open in both Disneyland and Disney World in 2019.

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