Eager to stay at Walt Disney World’s Star Wars hotel? Well, the first step is to stop thinking of this as a hotel.
This won’t be another Disney resort, where you can roll up at any reserved time and date and stay as long as your bank account will allow. Disney’s Star Wars “hotel” is really more like a cruise vacation – you won’t be able to come and go as you please. Instead, everyone staying will board and debark at the same time, remaining aboard the “ship” for their stay.
That’s part of the reason why the word “hotel” appears nowhere in the name of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the upcoming cruise-like Star Wars experience at the Walt Disney World Resort. As revealed at the D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, the ship you’ll be spending your two-night, two-day excursion upon will be the Halcyon – the flagship of the Chandrila Star Line.
You will “board” the ship by checking in at the experience entrance, located next to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Once checked in, you will enter a “shuttle” that will blast you to the Halcyon in space.
After this short trip, the shuttle doors will open with that signature Star Wars “swoosh,” and you and your group will find yourselves on the lobby of the Halcyon.
All the windows in the hotel, including those in your room, er, cabin will look out into space. Once aboard, you will be served by an alien crew, dine on otherworldly food in the ship’s dining hall, and enjoy Star Wars-themed onboard activities, including a lightsaber drill with a training remote.
You also will be invited to tour the ship’s bridge and learn how to use its emergency defense weaponry… just in case a totally improbably space battle just were to happen to occur.
What possibly could go wrong?
The big news from today’s Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge press event was that Galactic Starcruiser guests would board specially themed vehicles that will transport them to and from their “port day” on Batuu, inside Galaxy’s Edge.
These shuttles, for which Disney reps showed up an exterior concept and interior image that we were not allowed to photograph, will include the same “space windows” as on the Halcyon, allowing guests to travel between the “ship” and the “planet” without every leaving that story.
Disney Imagineers explained an onboard experience that sounds like a live-action role-playing experience, where guests are given opportunities to interact with the ship’s crew and other characters, with their actions influencing the direction of their story.
Depending upon whom you choose to befriend on the ship, you might be invited to secret meetings or taken to explore secret locations on the ship, which is not at all immune from the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance.
Still no word on an opening date, or official prices, for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Stay tuned.Tweet
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