It has been announced today by Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, that Walt Disney World will be getting an immersive Star Wars themed resort. Revealed today at the D23 Expo - the bi-annual ultimate Disney fan event held this year at the Anaheim Convention Center - was a first look at the upcoming Star Wars-inspired land officially titled Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge set to open in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019.
In addition to the new park - which will gives guests the chance to experience piloting the Millennium Falcon, feeling like they're on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay, encountering fan-favorite characters like BB-8, Chewbacca, members of the First Order and more - it's no surprise that Chapek also announced that there will be an official Star Wars-themed resort that will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.
A post on Disney Parks Blog covers new details Chapek revealed at the D23 Expo, plus a look at some of the stellar concept art that sends guests into the famed galaxy far, far away. Here is what Chapek said about the new resort and a gallery of the concept art:
“It’s unlike anything that exists today. 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.”
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Based on the concept art, it looks like the Star Wars resort is going to be the place to stay if you're a fan of the saga and want to get the most immersive experience possible. The guest rooms, which look like they could be part of an actual spaceship, have windows that make it look like you're flying through outer-space. The orange and white color scheme also reminds us of our favorite new droid BB-8, who is also in the room.
In the next photo, which looks like a bar area, shows some beautiful space-themed chandeliers and different types of droids taking orders and serving drinks. While we don't know if there will be actual functional droids working at the resort, it would be pretty amazing and wondrous if Disney could bring such an iconic part of Star Wars to life.
In the final photo, it looks like guests are in a command center during a space battle. This could reflect Disney's new 360 vacation concept, which will allow guests to become immersed as a "citizen of the galaxy" during their stay at the resort - meaning they will involved in adventures and stories during their stay, making the resort an attraction in itself rather than the typical hotel experience (consisting of mostly of sleeping and resting after long days at the parks).
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Source: Disney Parks Blog
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