Perhaps most exciting is the news that the hotel “will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.” The location of the hotel has yet to be unveiled, so this announcement likely indicates the hotel is being built adjacent to the theme park — or even inside the theme park. No opening date has been announced, though Galaxy’s Edge, often called Star Wars Land, will open in 2019.
Chapek also said:
** The hotel will offer a multiday immersion experience.
** Guests’ journey through space begins as they board a starship together.
** The ship will have characters and stories that unfold during the trip through the galaxy.
** At the hotel, guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire.
** Every resort window will have a view into space.
The back story of Galaxy’s Edge is that guests are visiting “the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes,” according to the Disney Parks Blog. Two attractions will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon and to join a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
Chapek added that “guests will also be able to explore a street market run by a Toydarian, a character first introduced in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Among his wares will be handcrafted toys made by local artisans.” Some Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge merchandise – mostly apparel – has already been released in the parks and online at shopDisney.