In August, Disney held its biannual D23 Expo event. During the 3 day extravaganza, fans of the Hollywood giant flocked to the Anaheim Convention Center to get the first scoop on the latest news and upcoming projects the studio has up its sleeve.
The event saw a whole host of trailers and previews for a slew of exciting upcoming shows and movies, as well as teasing project announcements away from the big screen, including tantalizing new additions to the Disney parks.
But there's been one announcement, that is particularly exciting, and it's for all the Star Wars fans out there...
Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises of all time.It all started in 1977, with the first, eponymous movie – and it quickly became a widespread phenomenon.
Since then, there have been many iterations.
via: imdbThe first film, now known as Episode Four, was followed by 2 sequels. These 3 movies are now known as the original trilogy.
The movies were universally acclaimed.
via: imdbThey featured tons of amazing early special effect sequences, plus fascinating and deeply human character studies.
They also featured an all-star cast.
via: imdbHarrison Ford as Han Solo was a perfect choice, and fans still look back on this era fondly.
The original trilogy was followed by more films.The next part of the Star Wars franchise was a trilogy of prequel movies, which were released between 1999 and 2005 and were all a commercial success.
The franchise has since had several more revivals.
via: imdbMost recently, the sequel trilogy of movies came out between 2015 and 2019, alongside two theatrical anthology films, Rogue One and Solo.
The third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and final movie in the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker, is heading to theaters this month.
via: imdbThe movie will see the Resistance face the First Order once again, and the end of the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith.
In August, Disney held its biannual D23 Expo and it revealed something very exciting...
via: Getty ImagesThe event was host to an array of exciting announcements from the Hollywood studio.
The 3-day event was jam-packed with tantalizing sneak peaks, previews, and teasers.
But the most exciting thing?After initially revealing plans to make a Star Wars-themed hotel back in 2017, Disney announced the highly-anticipated experience called "Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser" at the event, and it's set to be the most "immersive" experiences Disney has imagined for the parks. Keep scrolling to get all the details...
The hotel is designed to make you feel like you're in a spaceship.
via: Disney ParksDisney showcased this concept art of the ship that the hotel will be replicating.
The hotel stay is a bit like a Disney cruise.
via: Disney Parks"Once onboard, you'll cruise to the galaxy for two days and two nights while becoming the hero of your very own 'Star Wars' adventure," explained Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks.
After checking into the hotel, groups are then led into a Launch Pod that will blast you off into "space."
via: Disney parks"Your fellow guests will board and depart together," explained Chapek.
Here's what the "launch pod" will look like for guests.
via: Disney ParksBut of course, we all want to know exactly how this will all work. "Through the window above, you'll see stars whooshing by until you see the starcruiser in the distance," explained Executive producer and creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering, Ann Morrow Johnson. "It gets closer and closer until you connect up with the Halcyon."
Guests will then begin their journey...
via: Disney ParksUpon exiting the launch pod, guests will be guided through a set of doors and into and head into a giant atrium.
Here's what the rooms will look like...
via: Disney ParksThe best part? Not only do they look suitably kitted out in all things intergalactic, but when you look out of the window, you'll be able to see out into "space."
But you won't see the same thing each time you look out of the windows...
via: Disney Parks"Here, you spend the next two days and two nights living onboard the space ship and everything from an alien crew to the fact that absolutely every window has a view out into space," explained Johnson. "We hope you'll enjoy the ever-changing vistas as the ship progresses from place to place." Disney truly has thought about every detail.
And of course, you'll be seeing some familiar faces during your stay.
via: Disney ParksGuests will be able to interact with fan-favorite characters such as Chewbacca and Rey as well as other passengers on board the starcruiser.
Each person's experience is unique and the choices you make can alter your stay...
via: Disney ParksBecause this is Star Wars, you might suspect that not all is going to go according to plan," teased Johnson. "Be wary of who you make allegiances with because the choices you make affect the course of your journey, and ultimately determines how your Star Wars story unfolds."
They'll also be a bunch of activities on board.
via: Disney ParksIncluding lightsaber training! "While the Halcyon never anticipates any Galactic conflict these defense skills might come in handy later." If that wasn't already enough, guests onboard the Halcyon will get to travel to Disney World's newest themed land, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" where you'll be able to visit the Millennium Falcon, build your own droid and lightsaber, and try out the park's newest ride, Rise of the Resistance, which opens in December at Walt Disney World, Insider reports. Booking for the hotel, which is coming to the park in 2021, is said to begin "soon" so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, fans of the iconic franchise can now get paid to watch the movies. Keep scrolling to find out how...