New rides and an immersive hotel for Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

Disney plans to open Star Wars hotel at Hollywood Studios in Florida that will immerse guests in the Star Wars universe.

The hotel was announced at D23 Expo Japan by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. Connected to Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the hotel will completely immerse guests in the Star Wars story.

The experience will begin as soon as guests arrive at the hotel, where they will board a starship that is departing for a multi-day adventure. Authentic Star Wars clothes will be provided for guests to wear while they mix with characters and watch stories unfurl around them.

To complete the experience of staying aboard a starship, every resort window will have a view into space. An opening date for the hotel was not announced.

Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

Chapek also provided more details about Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge, the new Star Wars-themed areas opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland in California.

Both are due to open in 2019 and will feature a full-sized fleet of X-wing fighters as well as a life-size Millenium Falcon.

The area will be designed as a remote outpost on the planet Batuu and will feature two action-based attractions.

One attraction will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance while inside a Star Destroyer. In the second attraction, guests will have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon on a secret mission.

Throughout the land, guests will also have the chance to interact with Chewie, BB8 and members of the First Order.

There will also be a toy shop in the street market run by a Toydarian, one of the creatures from ‘Star Wars – The Phantom Menace’, where guests can purchase exclusive merchandise, which can be seen in the image below.

Star Wars - Galaxy's Edge merchandise

At D23 Expo Japan, Chapek also revealed more details about other new attractions coming to Disney parks, including a Guardian’s of the Galaxy roller coaster at Epcot and new Pixar experiences.

Images: c. Walt Disney Company.