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Star Wars resort LARP survey on Swagbucks – would you pay $900 for 2 nights?

Star Wars, resort, and live action roleplaying (LARP) sounds like a winning combination to me. It may never happen, but we can be sure someone is considering it because there is a marketing research survey on Swagbucks right now.

The potential Disney resort would feature a Star Wars theme where guests stay stay in a starship. It’s interesting that video games often go with strong science fiction or fantasy brands. I’ve seen games based on intellectual property (IP)s inlcuding Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, DC, and more. LARPing is a much smaller business and the business model doesn’t include money for licensing a name brand. There was a magic school LARP recently that was either inspired by or a ripoff of Harry Potter, but they didn’t actually use / pay for the Harry Potter IP.

So a Star Wars LARP would be pretty unique – so far we’ve never seen a LARP based on such a famous IP. What do you say to $900 per person for…

  • 2 nights in a luxury resort that looks and feels like a starwars space craft
  • Rooms for up to 4 people with a galaxy view or a pool/atrium view
  • Meals provided, including buffet breakfast and dinners with entertainment (Jaba the Hut style entertainment?)
  • 1 day of Walt Disney World admission to Hollywood Studios
  • Live character chance encounters
  • Take part in a Star Wars story through personalized secret missions, flight training, starship exploration, and lightsaber training.

Please leave a comment to let us know what you think about a Star Wars LARP. Also, if you’ve taken the survey, please let me know if I’ve missed any important details.

What ethical decisions do you make when deciding to visit Cuba?

Interesting article here subtitled “A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see.” The article is more focused on the hardships faced by average Cubans and goes into some detail on historical context.

To me, one of the more interesting bits is that workers in a Spanish-run tourist hotel take home 67 cents a day of their $8/hour salary. The average Cuban has a maximum salary of $20 a month. A doctor is permitted to earn up to $30 a month. But you know someone is getting the 7.33 an hour taken from all the hotel workers’ wages. What are the moral implications that tourists must consider when choosing whether to support the government that takes almost everything from people working in the tourism industry?

The wage issue is related to another issue – only a few elite Cubans get to enjoy resorts and other tourist facilities. While no longer banned outright from the resorts, most Cubans simply can’t afford to visit them. The article cites Hemmingway’s old hangout, the Floridita bar, where a beer costs a week’s wages. If a tourist goes to Floridita now, does the experience lack authenticity? There are no Cubans drinking there.

But there are ways in which visiting the resorts helps ordinary people. Workers are allowed to keep their tips making tour guides, taxi drivers, and maids in hotels some of Cuba’s elite.

And it is possible to skip the fancy resorts, as one of my former students did when he visited Pinar del Rio to deliver a message to a Cuban family for a motel worker in Mexico.

Cyprus: Luxurious Resorts and 5 Star Hotels

Cyprus may not be the first country that comes to mind when deciding where to go for your next vacation, but the island country offers a wide range of attractions and great weather for those who make the journey there. With neighbours such as Turkey, Greece and Israel, the history of Cyprus is rich and engrained in almost every attraction that the country has to offer.
The island is also home to a great number of world class resorts that are perfect for families as well as couples, offering everything from swimming pools to saunas and spas. There are also many luxurious restaurants on the island too, so if you’re thinking of visiting Cyprus in the near future, here’s some of the best places to stay!


The translation of ‘Anassa’ to English is ‘Queen’, which gives you an idea of just how luxurious this resort is. Situated overlooking the Mediterranean, it is widely recognised as one of the best resorts in all of the Canary Islands, and furthermore, the facilities are surrounded by massive expanses of natural beauty, meaning you can spend the day relaxing while admiring the stunning scenery.

The resort offers families the opportunity to use the friendly kids club while there are lots of beach activities available for the young ones. Anassa is also home to numerous five star silver restaurants giving you a variety of options for dinner. During the day, why not relax in the beautiful gardens if you don’t want to head down to the beach, or enjoy one of the beautiful sunsets that Cyprus has to offer.

Amathus Beach Hotel

Another fantastic option for those seeking a classic luxury hotel, the Amathus Beach Hotel is situated a short distance away from the city of Paphos and can be found on the seashore with some wonderful landscaped gardens surrounding it. Flights to Cyprus are inexpensive if you book a few months in advance, so check out http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/cyprus/ and begin planning for your luxurious holiday!

Amathus Beach Hotel offers an impressive range of facilities for its guests and has over 200 brilliantly decorated and serviced rooms and suites. Most of the rooms offer a pool and sea view which you can enjoy from your own private balcony, but for those who want the ultimate experience, you can opt to choose from a range of 12 suites that offer guests their own private swimming pools.

Columbia Beach Resort

This luxurious resort is located in the beautiful Bay of Pissouri which is complete with a beach that stretches for miles along side stunning white cliffs. Columbia Beach Resort boasts an 80 metre long lagoon-styled pool for guests to relax by which overlooks the blue sea of the Mediterranean.

While the surroundings of the resort may be wonderful, the interior of the resort is just as amazing. Facilities include an award winning spa, gourmet restaurants and friendly staff. Additionally, with over 94 beach resort suites on offer, you can choose from a junior, executive or family suite to meet your needs and get the most out of your holiday.