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Disney World's Star Wars Hotel to Open March 1

September 30, 2021, 8:35 AM · Walt Disney World's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will open March 1, 2022, Walt Disney Imagineering's Ann Morrow Johnson announced during an online press conference this morning.

General booking will begin October 28 for Disney's Star Wars-themed hotel/role-playing experience. Each two-night stay will replicate a cruise on a Star Wars spaceship, the Halcyon starcruiser of the Chandrila Star Line. "Windows" in room cabins and common areas will be virtual portholes animated to make it look like you are traveling in space. During the event, Johnson shared a first look at the bridge of the Halcyon, which will be the setting for one of many interactive experiences on the trip.

Rates will start at more than $4,800 for a couple and nearly $6,000 for a family of four. They will include two nights on the Halcyon plus a "port call" to the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land in the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. Special "shuttles" will carry visitors from the Starcruiser to Batuu, preserving the illusion that the experience is all happening in space.

Disney has opened a new planning page on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser website, which includes departure dates through next fall. Since this is a cruise-like experience, "departures" will happen only every other day for this two-night experience. For more details about staying on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, please see this interview with Imagineers about the project.

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Replies (11)

September 30, 2021 at 9:32 AM

If Disney would transition Batuu and the Halcyon from the new trilogy timeline to the original trilogy and The Mandalorian timelines, then I’d certainly consider booking way more. The new trilogy sucks.

September 30, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Maybe as your are “transitioning” from deep space to Batuu you could fly by some elegantly placed kites from the “Kite Tails” soirée to pepper in so oh so sweet corporate synergy? Just spitballin’ here folks. I think we can all agree that those kites are like cowbell, you’re gonna want more of them in there somewhere…

September 30, 2021 at 12:06 PM

I guess we've only got about 1 month to mine our couch cushions and block-chains to scrounge up enough Spira for this. Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go!!

September 30, 2021 at 12:07 PM

"One X-Wing kite? Great. We're saved."

September 30, 2021 at 6:41 PM

Ha ha ha ha Robert. Good timing!!!

Mmm. how are they going to handle the visit to galaxy's edge and mantain the role playing experience, when the other families around have Their mickey and Minnie t shirts and be dress like well...florida turist?. Are they going to have exclusive time slots at the park? Just curious.

September 30, 2021 at 11:29 PM

@Robert:

Well played good sir, well-played

October 1, 2021 at 3:21 AM

It'sbgreat how WDI chose to keep Batuu and the Halcyon linked to the new trilogy timeline while maintaining some elements from the original trilogy and The Mandalorian timelines. That's why we will certainly consider booking. The new trilogy ROCKS!

October 1, 2021 at 8:11 AM

The detail I found most interesting about this announcement is that all rooms are booked on the same cycle. I had presumed that check-ins would be alternated so that guests would rotate through the itinerary with some mechanism in place (wrist band or RFID) to identify guests who had just boarded from guests that were on their second day. I'm sure Disney won't have many issues filling the hotel to the brim for the first year or so, but I think if you can only book arrivals every 3 days, it may complicate things for guests to where they may not be able to arrange a visit into an already scheduled WDW vacation.

I do wonder that if Disney does maintain this cruise construct if they create incentives or deals to integrate a stay on the Halcyon with a certain number of nights at another WDW resort.

October 1, 2021 at 3:17 PM

Question: Who can afford this? $3,000 a day... I'm sure there are going to be Polynesian Village Resort Villa references but who can afford those either.

October 2, 2021 at 9:52 AM

I received all the information for the pass holder dates and it had lots of information. They have it arranged like you are booking a cruise. They did not include any covid information or restrictions such as masks. I would really like to know about the masking as this is a 2 night event where most of the events will be taking place inside the cruiser. Not sure if I would dish out all that money to be masked for that long. I know things could change by March but at the rate things are going I just don't know and I would hate to pay and then they change the rules and you are stuck.

October 3, 2021 at 2:47 AM

This is squarely aimed at upper middle class (and wealthier) tourists. Also, alien space tourists who booked a flight to earth on Star Tours and have lots of galactic space creds to burn.

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