Hotels Star Wars resort a blockbuster among Disney announcements By Michelle Baran / July 23, 2017 Share 1 -- Disney specialist agents and theme park insiders said that among the barrage of announcements recently coming out of Walt Disney World, one in particular, the development of a luxury Star Wars resort, could completely redefine the modern theme park experience.Many, in fact, said they saw the Star Wars announcement as a clear standout among the company's revelations at its Disney Fan Club D23 Expo earlier this month of new rides, resorts and transportation options at the park. "It's an entirely new concept for Disney, which is exciting by itself," said Robert Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com. Niles predicted that demand for the Star Wars resort will likely be very high after Disney starts accepting bookings.Ian Ford, CEO and founder of Undercover Tourist, which sells theme park tickets online, said, "The announcement of the Star Wars-themed resort is ground-breaking because there is really nothing else like it on the market now. I think a lot of Star Wars fans would be interested in this form of immersive vacationing. After all, what fan of the franchise wouldn't want to leave Earth to become a citizen of the galaxy for a few days?" Lance Hart, news editor of the theme park blog Screamscape, compared it to a Westworld-style experience, where guests live, breathe, eat and sleep in the Star Wars universe. (The HBO show "Westworld" is a science fiction series about an immersive, Wild West-themed amusement park.) Hart said the resort could be a "game changer." Agents who specialize in selling Disney said that the resort in combination with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (opening in 2019 at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios) will make for the ultimate fan experience. Disney has not provided many details about the resort, including the price or the opening date. But observers speculated that the company will likely want to open the concept property in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021. In fact, they said a lot of the announcements the company made were likely part of preparations being undertaken for that landmark celebration.The renderings Disney released of the Star Wars resort show public areas and accommodations made to look like various scenes from the Star Wars movies and include guests and staff in costumes. "It's unlike anything that exists today," Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek said at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. "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."Disney said it would post updates about the Star Wars resort in the coming months on its Disney Parks Blog.