In the five years since Disney took over Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, both the House of Mouse and the galaxy far, far away have changed radically. The lucrative buyout has not only resulted in an incredible new generation of Star Wars movies, it's also led to some profound changes to Disney's theme parks. 2019 will see the grand opening of Star Wars Land attractions in both Orlando and Anaheim, with recent footage offering a glimpse at these ambitious new attractions.
Many fans were already excited to explore these authentic Star Wars locales in Disneyland and Disney World, but a new survey suggests that the theme parks are preparing to go even further to deliver an all-inclusive Star Wars experience.
World News Today is reporting on a survey conducted by third party Swagbucks.com, through which Disney is surveying guests about a possible hotel experience in Walt Disney World. The survey includes concept art showing what the resort might look like. The experience itself is described as an "all-inclusive, 2-night immersive resort experience," which would take place on an "actual" Starship. The luxury stay would include:
- The opportunity to experience a 2-day story set in the the Star Wars universe
- Be surrounded in a continuous, story-driven entertainment experience as it unfolds over the course of the 2-night stay
- Have personal interactions with Star Wars characters, live performers throughout the starship (experience the story or simply observe the action according to personal preference)
- Engage in the story with programs such as flight training, ship exploration, lightsaber training, and personalized secret missions (both on the starship and throughout the Star Wars themed planet.
- All meals during your stay: buffet breakfasts, lunches, & signature evening dining
- Featured entertainment & dinner shows
- Exclusive park admission to the Star Wars themed land at the Walt Disney World Resort (a new land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019)
- Star Wars starship amenities including pool area & water garden, ﬁtness area, on-board cantina, and robotic droid Butlers
The experience is priced at between $900 to $1,000 per guest. In order to preserve the immersive experience there would be set check-in and check-out dates so that all guests are immersed on the same story timeline. This story-driven entertainment will unfold during the course of the visitor's stay, with chance encounters leading to engaging moments where guests can watch or join in on personalized secret missions, which would include flight training, starship exploration, and lightsaber training. The rooms accommodate up to four people and feature an "interactive view" of a galaxy, pool, or atrium.
While this sounds almost too good to be true, World News Today points out that "the presence of concept art and the inclusion of the Star Wars themed land in these plans likely means that this is a pretty serious project".
It's little over a year since construction began on the Star Wars themed lands in both California and Anaheim, and Disney is already hoping to break more ground with this unique and tantalizing resort, which might just fundamentally redefine the idea of fan service and generate more than a few comparisons to Westworld .
The Star Wars lands are expected to open in 2019.