What to expect from the new Star Wars hotel
Come for the lightsaber duels, stay for the robot butlers.
Last year it was announced that a new Star Wars Land was coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney Resorts in 2019 and now there's word that a Star Wars themed hotel will accompany the land at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Excited? Us?
Maybe a tad.
From what we've heard, the the hotel itself is rumoured to resemble the Millenium Falcon, characters from the movies will be roaming the public areas and guests will get to duel with lightsabers, pilot spacecraft and be given "secret missions" to undertake during their stay.
The hotel is going (almost) 100% Star Wars, giving fans a vacation more carefully choreographed than any lightsaber battle.
It's not just another hotel, but is instead meant to be a very real experience, with bookings available for 2-night stays only, with rooms sleeping up to 4, to make sure guests can enjoy themselves to the utmost, while making sure there's plenty of room for everyone to have a turn and that the immersion isn't broken due to unpredictable schedules. While other hotels go to great lengths to tout their celebrity chefs, this might be the only one that will be able to boast a cantina, complete with droid butlers.
For the less enthusiastic fans, the hotel naturally still has a pool area and water park, fitness centre and plenty of other amenities, plus full park access. The hotel itself will be situated in the Star Wars section of Orlando's Disney World, so you'll be able to just step out into the park.
Scheduled to open in 2019, hopefully while there's still plenty of momentum for Disney's Star Wars, rooms for the 2 night stay will reportedly cost USD$900 (AUD$1,212) per person to USD$1,000 (AUD$1,347) per person, with all meals and theme park admission, included.
For such a unique experience, and with park entry and all meals being included, this might be a fairly reasonable price. Wait and see what the exchange rates do in the next couple of years, and if you want to be first in line then make sure you're ready to drop everything and head to the USA when it opens in 2019. In the meantime there are plenty of more affordable, but perhaps slightly less exciting, hotels to explore.
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