Disney's on property hotels are some of the most well-known in the world, and though there are more than thirty Disney-branded hotels for guests to explore across the United States, Disney recently announced some aggressive expansion plans that will see three brand new properties added to its already impressive resort catalog, including one with theming that will be, quite literally, out of this world!
1. Star Wars gets its own one-of-a-kind hotel
In an effort to extend that Star Wars experience beyond Star Wars: Galactic Edge (opening in 2019) Disney has announced plans for a new Star Wars themed hotel that will allow fans to experience this amazing universe in a whole new way that is unlike any other Disney hotel. Guests who stay in this hotel will take part in an immersive experience designed from the ground up to be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.
Inside the hotel guests, will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around them. Guests will be able to live and breathe their own story with themed dining, activities and more that will touch every single minute of their day, culminating in a unique journey for every person who visits. Everything from the decor to the furniture will be a part of the theme, with nothing in this hotel recalling our world. Even the windows will be themed, with views of the various planets, starships and more from the world of Star Wars visible from guests' rooms.
Construction on this new hotel experience has not begun yet, but it has been suggested that Disney is targeting a 2019 opening date to coincide with the opening of Star Wars: Galactic Edge. Interestingly, Disney also has not released any information about exactly where this new hotel will be either, so we are definitely looking forward to learning more about this project in the coming months!
2. Disney Riviera Resort announced for Disney Vacation Club
In an effort to increase Disney Vacation Club inventory, Disney also announced the new Disney Riviera Resort, which will be located in the recently demolished section of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Because of its central location, guests staying at this resort will not only be able to enjoy unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios from this hotel's rooftop restaurant, but DVC Members who stay here will also be able to use the currently under-construction Disney Skyway transportation system, which is expected to be operational sometime in the next two years.
Construction has already begun on this resort, and Disney is trying have this hotel open by the fall of 2019, again in time for the opening of Star Wars Land as well as the debut of the new Skyliner transportation system.