One of my favorite memories as a teenager visiting Epcot was the section they had under the
Death Star, I mean Spaceship Earth that had all these amazing gadgets from the future. A phone I could carry around?? Shut up, that will never really happen! Then in 2-3 years I would see the technology of tomorrow come to life around me and I remembered where I saw it first. That is the experience of tomorrowland and the entire section of the park that has Space Mountain and the Sky Rockets. It is a perfect fit for the Star Wars brand to keep consistency with the theme Walt intended. (While I’m at it, you can probably take out the Tomorrowland Speedway and replace with speeder bike roller coaster or some green friendly electric landspeeders:)
If Disney embraces the Star Wars Brand like their own characters, tell the story and immerse guest into the Star Wars universe like only Disney can, guest will be Amazed! Then Disney will be able to create a place “where people like to go on vacation and Disney is able to bring those place to the guest.” I can’t go to a naboo hotel underground, or frozen hoth hotel or spend the night in Darth Vader’s chamber on the Death Star or Yoda’s hut or any of the other fun amazing places because it doesn’t exist… yet!
The new wave of hotels Disney is creating is amazing! The Cars, Lion King Animation hotel goes over the top, so why not give the Star Wars brand the same treatment? My daughter LOVED the lion king when she was young, but now that she’s a freshman in college, not so much. I loved Star Wars when I was 6, and I have been a fan for 30+ years and there are millions of fans around the world who would flock to Disney just to experience what only Disney can deliver. The Star Wars fan base is far more reaching than any other Disney movie and their fans are life long fan$ and even if we grow up (on the outside) our affection for Star Wars would draw us to a Disney Star Wars Resort like moths to a light saber.
Kevin Myers, a 42-year Disney veteran who is the vice president in charge of hotel operations, talks about how the contemporary resort is “iconic and guest are stunned by the futuristic idea of a monorail running through the hotel.” The Contemporary Resort has always been more of a spaceport than anything I have ever seen and more primed for the Star Wars Themed Resort than anything out there.
Walt Disney World became the first Destination Resort in America and what better way to celebrate their new purchase than by creating an amazing, futuristic resort that fit the theme of Tomorrowland and the Star Wars Universe.
Now that Disney owns Star Wars, it’s time that Star Wars fans had a proper place to go, play and stay to celebrate the fun that Disney could bring by being transported to a galaxy now, thanks to Disney not so Far Far Away…
What are your ideas?
UPDATE July 17 2017
According to, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, just confirmed that a Star Wars-inspired resort will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.
“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “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.”
JUST ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Debut in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort
by Jeremy Schoolfield, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations
“Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin transporting you from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to a galaxy far, far away beginning in 2021, Walt Disney Imagineering announced tonight. This is a new type of immersive vacation that only Disney could create – a two-night, cruise-style itinerary where you’ll become the hero of your own adventure in an experience that surrounds you 24/7 in Star Wars storytelling.”