Star Wars Hotel Patents Reveal Awesome Secrets!
Still riding the wave of the filing of the Guardians of the Galaxy patent filing, the release of the Star Wars hotel plans doesn’t give us much time to process these massive announcements! We’ve just received word that the Star Wars Hotel patents not only reveal details that were, until now, mere speculation- but quite a few surprises too! Let’s first see exactly what the patents revealed before we get even more excited about the hotel’s opening!
So, the patents reveal a number of things we only guessed at. First of all, it was anyone’s’ guess just how large the hotel would be, and to be honest, we anticipated the Resort to have at least 400 guest rooms on premises.
The patents reveal that the hotel will have a mere 100 or so rooms to house guests. Yikes. It’s still early, but to me, that shoots off two major flares: 1) the rooms will likely be very pricey. 2) The demand will be through-the-roof, and you’ll have to make a reservation the full 180 days in advance for any hope of snagging a room.
We knew the hotel would be the first fully-immersive accommodation experience Disney rolls out, but we didn’t know the specifics. From the moment a guest enters the hotel, they will be transported physically and mentally to a different planet for the duration of their stay.
The immersion appears to begin from when guests enter the hotel, as there are explicitly stated security checkpoints that guests must pass through in order to gain entry. It’s unclear whether the security will be for safety purposes or to ensure that all guests are adhering to the fully-immersive nature of the Resort.
I’m still holding out hope that it’ll be a working, lifesize AT-AT Walker, and the patents gave me a sliver of hope that it might be true! Although my pipe dream will probably turn out to be just a fantasy, the hotel patents show shuttle service for guests to and from Hollywood Studios. More specifically, Galaxy’s Edge itself.
We are unsure if guests will also be able to walk to the special, Resort-specific entrance (similar to the Grand Californian) or if the shuttle is put in place to maintain the guest immersion from door to Park gate. It is also unclear if the shuttles will operate to the other Parks, or exclusively to Hollywood Studios, furthering the idea of complete themeing.
A restaurant space is outlined in the patent- but will non-resort guests be able to book dining here? Again, there are many answers we still don’t have, but one thing is for sure: the new restaurant will be just as difficult to gain entry to as the Resort itself- and probably even more difficult if you aren’t a Resort guest. The patents definitely provide us with some much-anticipated answers, but they’ve also raised even more questions than we had before! So we want to know what you think! What do you think of the patents? Are you planning to stay at the hotel when it opens?
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