Star Wars Hotel at Hollywood Studios - Everything we know, plus updated details!
Everyone is very excited about the recently opened Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. And most know that the Disney World version of Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios is opening August 29. But, there is another Star Wars immersive experience that’s coming to Disney World and Hollywood Studios, the Star Wars Hotel.
The Star Wars Hotel is going to be located adjacent to Hollywood Studios, just to the south, but not directly connected to Hollywood Studios. See a great image from bioreconstruct on Twitter, the Star Wars Hotel worksite is on the right side, Galaxy’s Edge construction can be seen on the left:
This hotel will be much more like a cruise than a hotel experience. Guests will drive into the resort, likely with valet parking, and go through an entry process, likely a 2-stage checkin.
The first being a more standard Disney Resort process. See the blueprint below, you can see guests will go through some security with luggage x-ray and metal detectors, then likely into a pre-show area, more like an attraction than a hotel.
Then, the guests will board an internal transport to travel “up” to the actual hotel, as seen in the concept art here.
The guests will then be checked into the in-world hotel itself, and completely immersed in the Star Wars experience.
Below is how the whole resort lays out:
Cabin windows will likely use a similar technology as the “magic portholes” on Disney Cruise lines to simulate an outside view.
Guests will likely be given some guidelines or hints as to how they fit into the story, and can then mingle with cast members fully in character, and create their own experiences within the hotel. Again, this is more like a cruise, being in a contained environment, but free to move where you like and make your own story.
We’re getting a taste of this in-world interactions with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, where cast members are fully in character the whole time, with full backstories, and using language and terminology specific to Star Wars when talking to “travelers”.
There likely will be set experiences and shows within the hotel.
There are also references in the plans to a “Dojo”, possibly a Jedi-training type experience, similar to Trials of the Temple. As well there is a small “Brig” and an “Engineering Room” that seem likely to be accessible to guests.
And, a rumored dinner show that was initially planned for Galaxy’s Edge will be included within the hotel itself now.
This hotel will be significantly smaller than any other Disney resort. From the plans and permits filed to date, the likely total size is approximately 100 rooms. From the plans, there are only 32 standard cabins, plus 2 first class on the first floor.
It will only be 2 or 3 stories tall, maximum, to remain hidden from view from the adjacent Galaxy’s Edge.
For a size comparison, the Contemporary Resort main building has 600 rooms. Most other resorts are even larger.
But getting to Galaxy’s Edge may be the most interesting part of the experience. From the concept art and blueprints, we can see that Disney will keep the experience seamless. Travelers will board a transport via a simulated airlock. The transport will likely be a heavily modified bus or similar large vehicle, with virtual windows keeping the guests in-world. Picture the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando.
There has not been a price associated with this experience yet. Rumors of $1000 per night have floated around, but I honestly think that may be low. Folks are lined up as far as they are allowed to, to give Disney $200 for a lightsaber, so I figure $1000 a night is on the low end of what this will cost.
As well, there is no official opening date yet, but insiders believe the target it to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, so this is probably around mid 2021.