Room With What View? ‘Star Wars’ Hotel Appears to Have Windows

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Disney Star Wars Hotel

Credit: Disney (left), @bioreconstruct (right)

For most hotels, this question would be an infinitely stupid question to ask: “Why are we seeing windows installed in a hotel?”

It’s like asking, “Why is that football player wearing a helmet?”

But this is no ordinary hotel. This is the highly-anticipated, fully-immersive Star Wars hotel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. When Walt Disney World Resort Guests check in at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal, they will no longer be at some stationary hotel in Central Florida. They will be carried off in a shuttle to the Starcruiser, Halcyon. In other words, Guests will be in space.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Credit: Disney

When plans to build the hotel were announced and concept art was released around the D23 Expo, it was said that the immersion would even be extended to the staterooms themselves. They would not get the views found at the other Disney Resort Hotels, like Park, garden, or lake views. Instead, they would wake up each day with an idea out of this world.

Concept art of rooms in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Credit: Disney

So why does it look like the staterooms onboard the Halcyon have regular windows?

@bioreconstruct pointed this out on Twitter earlier this week, sharing a new picture of the construction project, saying, “It’s unclear what the openings are for, as the cabins are said to have windows out into space, viewing Batuu.”

Here is a closer look at the opening:

Windows apparently installed on the Star Wars Hotel
Credit: @bioreconstruct

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We have no idea what these apparent openings are. If these openings turn out to be windows, it would mean that the level of immersion provided by this Resort experience diminished significantly. But the Walt Disney Imagineers could be playing with a third option. One that allows Guests to choose between a celestial or terrestrial view out their window.

The level of immersion on board the Halcyon is going to be unprecedented. This level of immersion will be intense, and being closed off in a building for over 48 hours can be very claustrophobic and disorienting, even with views of “the outside” and plenty of fun distractions.

Galactic Starcruiser
Credit: Walt Disney Imagineering

That expected level of immersion could also explain why Guests are limited to a two-night cruise aboard the Halcyon–with one “Spaceport of Call,” at Black Spire Outpost, Batuu, Disney’s Hollywood Studios–than its predicted demand. This entire project is experimental! After all, cabin fever is most definitely a thing.

Oh, and let’s not forget to mention that the ship will be attacked during your stay, and you can have the chance to fight back.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Concept Art
Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

As much as it would shatter the overall illusion of being on a luxurious starcruiser, having the option for genuine windows is probably the right call because it would allow Guests some sense of relief without having to go to take their one excursion to Batuu. This would make Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser far more accessible for Guests than previously thought.

We can speculate all we want, but, unfortunately, we have no real idea or official word about the new hotel’s black openings. And we will not know until Disney sheds some official light on the subject. But when they do, we at Inside the Magic will be ready to update our readers with that new information surrounding the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

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Do you think those are windows? Let us know in the comments!

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