UPDATE: here’s the great thing about Disney, they are constantly updating attractions. So, naturally, right after this piece was written, Disney announced an update. Read all about it here!
Maybe you’ve heard about the Galactic Starcruiser Hotel that is set to open at the Walt Disney World Resort. This post will cover what we know so far. Are you ready to actually LIVE Star Wars?
As you leave Hollywood Studios, you can see the construction site, and it appears like the outside is completed. Work is continuing on all the interior visual effects, that are meant to make you feel as if you are flying on a Galactic Starcruiser through space. The permits filed by Disney show that construction on these permits are set to be completed by January 29, 2022. This does not, of course, mean the hotel will be opening any time soon, but maybe there’s light on the horizon….
Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle shared this photo of him and Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro on his Instagram, showing a sneak peek of the inside of one of the “cabins” aboard the “ship.” Here’s what he said about it in his post: “Inside we visited The Atrium and looked out The Bridge windows to what will be a galaxy far, far way. We even checked out the cabins in progress, including their windows to space seen in these renderings.”
Looking at these photos of the inside of the ship, the major construction does look like it’s close to wrapping up, leaving it to Disney Imagineering to work out the tiniest details that are so often the most important parts of Disney story-telling.
So far, according to what Disney has said, they will be offering two-night itineraries, where guests will arrive and depart at the same time. This is just like a Disney Cruise and fits the theme of flying away on a space ship. You’ll be “cruising through space,” if you will.
So this is basically going to be the most expensive role playing game you’ve ever played. Disney is promising to put you smack dab in the center of an interactive intergalactic adventure that you control. You will be 100% fully immersed into the Star Wars Universe.
You will arrive for your two-night adventure, and enter a launch pod, which will jump into hyperspace. Guests will see themselves leaving Florida, jumping into hyperspace (or, as those of us in the snowbelt call it, driving through a snowstorm with your high beams on), and flying to the Halcyon, which is the name of the Galactic Starcruiser that will be your home for the two-night journey.
Once your pod connects to the Halcyon, you will begin your fully immersive adventure. You will become a character in a true Star Wars story and, like any cruise, there will be an excursion off the ship, where you will travel to Batuu and visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
You will be able to train with a lightsaber, visit lounges and bunkers, and do so many amazing things we don’t even know about. The hotel itself will not resemble a starcruiser. It looks like a bunker. The magic will all be state-of-the-art Disney Imagineering effects.
That is truly all that we currently know. Here is what we DON’T know….. For starters, no one knows WHEN it will open. Originally, Disney had said the hotel would open “some time” in 2021,” however, following the closures and delays, I, personally, do not believe that is still the time table. Especially considering this will be an immersive experience that will put people into a bunker, with no windows, because of the special effects, living in close quarters. UPDATE: Announced May 4, 2021, the Star Wars hotel will be opening some time in 2022.
We also have absolutely no idea how much it is actually going to cost. My personal feelings is that it won’t be cheap, so start saving now! It could be something that STARTS at about $3,000 per person, and, personally, I think that’s a very low guess. This will be a specialty hotel experience with a low room count, which will naturally drive up the price, because it will be in high demand. I imagine waitlists that will be quite long!!
It’s a real lightsaber, it DOES exist, and will be used as part of this new immersive experience. TAKE ALL MY MONEY!
So how excited are you for this incredible hotel experience?!! Is this a take it or leave it for you?