BREAKING: Disney Creating Star Wars “Starship” Luxury Resort & Experience Attached to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney is surveying guests about a possible Star Wars resort hotel experience at Walt Disney World, which would take place on an “actual” Star Wars Starship…

Concept Art, Star Wars "Starship" resort at Walt Disney World

Concept Art, Star Wars “Starship” resort at Walt Disney World

The survey is not being conducted by Disney, but rather by a contracted third party. The survey includes concept art and many details of what the experience would be like…

This all-inclusive, 2-night immersive resort experience at Walt Disney World would include:

  • The opportunity to experience a 2-day story set in 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)
Concept Art, Star Wars "Starship" resort at Walt Disney World

Concept Art, Star Wars “Starship” resort at Walt Disney World

While staying aboard an all-inclusive luxury “starship” at Walt Disney World, guests will stay in luxury accommodations offering:

  • 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

As of right now, the experience would be priced at roughly $900 to $1000 per guest.

Concept Art, Star Wars "Starship" resort at Walt Disney World

Concept Art, Star Wars “Starship” resort at Walt Disney World

So basically, in summary, the experience would include…

  • 2 nights in an immersive luxury resort that looks and feels like a Star Wars spacecraft (set check-in and check-out dates so everyone is immersed on the same “story” timeline)
  • Room(s) that accommodate(s) up to 4 people, with an interactive “view” (galaxy or pool/atrium)
  • Every meal from checking-in on day 1 to check-out on day 3 (5 meals total, including 2 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 signature dinners with evening entertainment)
  • 1 day of Walt Disney World theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to visit Star Wars-themed land on day 2
  • Story-driven entertainment that unfolds over the course of your stay (including live character chance encounters, and the opportunity to watch or engage in the story through things like personalized secret missions, flight training, starship exploration, and lightsaber training)

While this is just a survey at this time, it is worth noting 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 at this point. Many of the experiences above also sound very similar to aspects of the the Star Wars land discussed in the panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

Stay tuned as more information on this proposed project becomes available.

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180 comments

  1. Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan

    Did they really use the term starship? I can hear Gene Roddenberry’s family drawing up the lawsuit already.

    • Thanks for Playing

      Starship is a universal term for a space vehicle and cannot be copyrighted. It’s a very common word used in lots of different space-themed media (movies, books, shows, comics, etc.).

      • Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan

        I never said they had a legitiment argument. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t try to though. Besides, it’s more surprising that Disney would use a term that is so closely associated with Trek.

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  3. Ryan

    While I personally LOVE the idea, and would book it in a heartbeat, I think Disney would get a lot more bang for its buck out of retrofitting one of the old All Star resorts into a Star Wars theme. Just pick whichever has the lowest booking and flip it! It would become the most booked resort OVERNIGHT, while also earning bonus points from guests for being a value resort. Heck, they should do both!

    • Michael

      All Star is too far away from the Studios… the concept is to have something that almost leads into the Star Wars area of the park…. I mean i guess you could figure out a way to make the gondola system that is being proposed into an immersive space travel experience or the bus… but this really sizzles with full immersion.

      • Michelle Kirkley

        Contemporary resort would be perfect for this Star Wars theme. The current modern theme is dated anyway.

    • David Meyer

      As my wife was describing this, I immediately was convinced they would retrofit one of the hotels on the new gondola system, thinking it must be All Star Sports. But the 3 hotels are Caribean Beach, A. of animation, and Pop Century. I cant see them changing those. And the gondola pad is at the entrance of HS, not near Star Wars Land. So I wonder where this thing will go?

  4. Connie Haviland

    as a DVC member AND a Star Wars fan, I would love to see this happen. I can’t wait for the Star Wars-themed land to be complete, this just adds beautifully to it.

  5. Jesse Smith

    Questioning the legitimacy of this, especially since A: it’s supposed to be a survey on Swagbucks and B: Tom doesn’t seem to know how to spell Swagbucks.

  6. Kim

    I find it interesting that the Facebook posting of this article is filled with hatred toward Disney using the Star Wars IP in their offerings, and you click through to here and the comments are filled with praise. Just interesting how the groups are broken out.

    As for me, I don’t give a darn what they create as long as it is kept family friendly. It’s bound to be done well as long as it’s not a value.
    I don’t see this as being any different than offering Pirate themed rooms, just done on a full resort scale.

    • Derek

      because the majority of Facebook commenters are the EU brigade, who hate Disney for wiping the EU and not making the books into movies

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  8. Gregory N. Baker

    The price seems ridiculously cheap. A night at the Grand Floridian on a “value” day is almost $800 dollars. Let’s say there are 4 people in the room. Admission for each person for 1 day at Magic Kingdom is about $100 per person. That’s $2000, without meals. Let’s assume $20 per person per meal (which seems low given two buffets), that is another $400, giving a grand total of $2400. And remember, this is on the cheap side for the Floridian. Going at a normal time, the price is closer to $1000 a night, admission closer to $120, and meals closer to $40 per, giving a price of closer to $3280. AND this is in 2017 prices, not in 2020 prices.

    This starship gives you a “luxury resort room”, 5 meals, 1 day of admissions, and unique entertainment experiences for $2000 for a family of 4. Given what would seem to be a huge demand, plus the cost of building and staffing the hotel (I’m not sure if the robot butlers are actual robots or cast members), I cannot imagine the actual cost would not be double or even triple that amount.

    So for $500 a night, I would be ALL OVER this experience. However, for $1500 a night with a 4 year waiting list…

      • iSRS

        I agree. Plus, this wouldn’t be an all the time thing. I could easily see us doing this once or twice. Tacking it on to a DVC stay.

        It is almost Westworld….

    • Darth Chapek

      Hmm clearly this idea has not run across my desk yet. Do not worry Gregory N. Baker, we will fix this little pricing error to ensure maximum profit… I mean Guest enjoyment. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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  10. John Zucchero

    I question this story. The Studios is somewhat sandwiched between a bunch of roads and the parking lot. Buena Vista Drive to the north, World Drive to the West, Studio Drive to the south and the massive parking lot to the east. There is no way they could alter (at least not easily) Buena Vista Drive nor World Drive (these are massive roadways). They could, perhaps, move Studio Drive further south (or create a breezeway over the road) or rip up and alter the parking lot. Whatever the case, the cost/benefit ratio doesn’t add up for a fanzine type of enterprise (no pun intended).

    • danlb_2000

      There is a huge chunk of unused land between Studio Dr and Victory way that is large enough to hold a resort the size of Art of Animation three times over. This land was set aside for conservation until last year when they released the conservation easement on it. Studio Dr. is also going away as a new entrance is being built from the corner of Victory and Osceola.

      • David Meyer

        danlb_2000, Are you sure it is that entire area they got apporval for? I thought it was just the small area between Star Wars Land and the little drainage stream that they got approved. Do you have any info to share about this? It would be awesome if true.

    • Curiouser

      Don’t question it. But it is just a survey, and anything can happen between asking questions and actually building it.

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    • Curiouser

      Half and half. While it is a fact the survey came out, it’s just that – a survey. Something to gauge interest. And anything can happen between asking questions and when they start moving dirt. To start Disney is “creating” a Star Wars hotel is hyperbole at it’s best.

  12. Ta May

    No-brainer… About times Disney caught back up with Universal Studios and took full advantage of their assets, can anyone say Harry Potter, Despicable Me, Transformers, in the words of Capt. Kirk “do it! do it! do it!” if you want to escape the blackhole of complacency. One more thing to keep Disney as the happiest place on earth. Think outside the box, think like Walt, and use the Force, the Disney Force.

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  17. JKE

    This sounds so amazing! Disney MUST make this happen!!! I second Kevin’s comment above “Shut up and take my money!”

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  24. Cyrus

    Pretty sure that they’re planning the same hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The location for the new resort is close to Star wars Land and could provide a resort guest entrance right into the land.
    They haven’t annouced any theme yet so it’s definitely possible!

  25. Steve Lewis

    Parks were packed most of 2016. Last thing Disney needs is another hotel. They really need to expand the parks to accomodate the rooms they already have.

  26. Tony

    “The survey is not being conducted by Disney, but rather by a contracted third party through Swagbucks.com. ” Calling this one out as well beyond farfetched as much as I’d like to see it happen :-(

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    • Robert Blutarsky

      So since when has a design and concept phase not been part of creating? Did Walt Disney not create Mickey Mouse until Steamboat Willie was playing in theaters? Did Washington not create America until he chopped down a cherry tree? Did Prince not create partying like it’s 1999 until 1999? If they’re working on it, they’re creating it. If Tom said building, than yes he would be false

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  32. Mike Winters

    I love the idea. But at $4000 for my family of four there is just now way. We’d want to spend time at the rest of the parks and stay for at least a week. At this price post this would probably be the only thing we could afford to do. Sad they keep coming up with these great ideas but price them out of reach for normal people.

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  34. Tom Stidman

    This feels like a scam to me. When Disney world does surveys, they do it through their website at a link that includes Disney.com somewhere in it. I think Disney Parks isn’t involved in this at all, but maybe someone trying to copy them in Vegas or near Disneyland without Lucasfilm permission.

  35. Mark

    I will be the 1st person to make a reservation if this were to happen. Disney since you really can make magic happen, please let this be #1 on the magic list!

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  43. Cody

    Yes! They should have an upgrade to stay in the Millennium Falcon and other famous ships from Star Wars too! And be able to experience all the Star Tours versions. I could go on, but WDW should really just bring me in as a consultant!

  44. James

    They are taking the ideas from the abandoned “Nightly Kingdom” with a splash of the experiences on the cruise ships and giving people an ultra-personalized experience. I hate to think how long I’ll need to save but i am very excited at the possibility.

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  48. matt

    ok so how long will the pre booking be a year 2 years MORE and how much a night 500.00 just like the rides, over payed for 5 min of WTFE…..find something else to enjoy people LIKE NATURE.

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  51. Analyn The Chosen One est. May 4th

    West World anyone? XD

    On a brighter note, my life would be complete with an experience of such beauty.

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  56. Tania Berkeley

    Any chance they will be able to have more family sized rooms for 5-6 people…..our family (like many) is 2 adults and 3 children….so capacity would be a critical factor in whether we could afford….one cabin yes, two probably nope.

    • David Meyer

      Disney hates big families. There are literally zero reasonably priced rooms on property for families over 6 people. And very, very few for even 5 or 6.

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  81. Glenn B.

    Wow, what do these people do for a living? Two nights in this resort would cost more than a week’s vacation at a value with dining plan and spending money for my family.

    • GouryG

      Well there are people who save for many years to afford the trip. I assume a section will also be dedicated to DVC owners. Actually being a DVC owner is the only way I can afford to stay on the Grand Floridian on my upcoming family vacation.

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  87. RUNION

    As with most DISNEY resorts, the more “theme” they put into it, the more rediculously high priced it will be….
    As fantastic as the pics depict this resort, you need to be very wealthy to afford it.

  88. GouryG

    I wonder what the exteriors are proposed to look like? Will the façade appear to look like a Starship from the movies or a completely original design?

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