Lightspeed to fabrication! Ah, construction dad jokes, what will we think of next? We’re in a time period where the majority of construction around Walt Disney World has been paused, except for The Cove resort. It doesn’t mean progress has halted. When it comes to the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Resort it’s all systems go for the Disney legal team. Can you say patents and permits galore? Ok, it’s Nate’s favorite time, off to the patent office we go!
A unique experience to say the least. The Galactic Starcruiser Resort will be a one of a kind uber-immersive Star Wars adventure. One could say it will bring Live Action Role Playing (LARP for short) to the next level. Since our last update, many of the details we speculated have been confirmed. From the cruise-like experience (2-night adventure) to the transportation from the resort to a special entrance to Black Spire Outpost, details continue to emerge thanks to Disney filing new patents and permits. On to the construction updates!
Passholder Insights: The upcoming Space 220 restaurant will use the same technology as the Galactic Starcruiser Resort to create “windows”.
A big thank you to Adirondack Scenic! Who are we thanking? Adirondack Scenic is the contractor associated with the Galactic Starcruiser hotel. On May 13, 2020, Disney filed permits with the county for the installation of sets associated with Project H. Project H is the code name for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Within the permit Disney names Adirondack Scenic as the contractor associated with the project. You may know Adirondack Scenic from their previous work in the form of Belle’s Castle within the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, as well as, Storybook Circus area within the park.
Looking at the permit, there is one piece that stands out and that’s the expiration date. The permit for construction is set to expire on January 29, 2022. Traditionally, when Disney files these types of permits they usually expire within one year. It makes us ask the question, will the Galactic Starcruiser still open in 2021 as previously announced. In the DVC Duo house we could see it going two ways, first is Disney is being careful by pushing out the date as they do not know when construction can resume. The second could be speaking to the overall plan to move the timing s around the 50th-anniversary as we discussed here.
Passholder Insights: At the moment, the Disney World website still says the Star Wars: Galactic Starship Resort will open in 2021.
No, we’re not talking about the Jedi Training within Hollywood Studios. We’re talking about taking Jedi training to the next level. One of the patents the Disney legal team filed outlined how to recreate the Jedi training ball scene from the movies. After guests create their lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop, they will be able to head back to their room aboard the Galactic Starcruiser to hone their skills. Within the room could be a mask that when worn creates an augmented reality (AR) where a guest would see the training ball.
Using AR makes a lot of sense as a guest would be able to swing their lightsaber without fear of knocking over the lamp. According to Len Testa of the Disney Dish, this technology would be limited to the Galactic Starcruiser Resort.
Passholder Insights: If you’re unable to make an advanced reservation for Savi’s Workshop when recommend heading there first thing in the morning to see if they have any stand-by spots.
Here A Droid
There a droid! Everywhere, there could be droids. Yes, you heard us right, the resort could have droids. On April 10, 2020, Disney Legal filed a patent for an interactive autonomous robot configured for deployment within a social environment. Immediately, everyone believed the patent was for the roam around droids within Galaxy’s Edge but was it? Disneyland already has plans for a roam around R2-D2, which means Disney has completed this project. Then what’s this new patent for, Nate? We’re glad you asked!
According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, the new patent is for the Star Wars Resort. Reviewing the patent, Disney Imagineering is taking the autonomous robot to the next level. The patent discusses how the robot would react and interact based on sounds and vocal tones within the environment, for example, happy beeps or navigate to a point. Diving deeper into the patent we learn how the autonomous robot will be able to manage safety and malfunctions concerns. For example, a guest is in distress, the robot would be able to “help” without breaking character.
In conjunction with the safety protocols, is the technology around an ability for a droid to stay upright. That’s right, we’re talking about anti-tip tech. The patents show how an autonomous robot would use a special floor to create an anti-tip environment. The autonomous robot would not move beyond this floor.
It’s not to say we would not see this new technology used within the parks, but it would make more sense for this technology to be first deployed within the resort. The resort is a controllable environment compared to the parks. If Disney were to bring the technology into the parks we would believe it would be used in a stage show, parade, or as an aspect of an attraction. With potentially having more autonomous droids roaming the parks once the technology is perfected.
Passholder Insights: At the Droid Depot within Galaxy’s Edge you can build your own droid. If you opt for the personality chip your droid will be able to interact with other droids.
Raising the bar! The more and more details we learn about the Galactic Starcruiser, it’s becoming clear that Disney is not holding back with the development of this resort. In the DVC Duo house, we believe Disney will bring the resort experience to the next level, similar to how they elevated cruising with Disney Cruise Line. After sifting through all these patents, it’s time for a Blue Milk!
UPDATE: On July 17, 2020, we received confirmation that work on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Resort has resumed. Workers were seen outside applying the first coat of paint to the building, tan. It’s unknown if the outside of the building will be painted another color or not. Tan could be the choice to help it “hide” behind the trees. We do know that the majority of the outside of the building will not be “themed”. The only part that will receive themeing will be the entrance or what will be better known as the launchpad to the Starcruiser.
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