First Look: ‘Star Wars’ Hotel is Literally in Batuu’s Backyard

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When the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion was announced at the 2015 D23 Expo, Star Wars fans were ecstatic. For the very first time, they would have the opportunity to literally step into a galaxy far, far away.

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When the Outer Rim planet of Batuu finally opened to Disney Parks Guests — on May 31, 2019 at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and August 29, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park in Orlando, Florida — it did not disappoint.

Walking into Disney’s Star Wars land truly feels like you are entering another world — one that is complete with Han Solo and Chewbacca’s Millennium Falcon and a host of fun characters, including Rey, Kylo Ren, and Princess Leia’s spy, Vi Moradi.

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The land also plays host to an incredibly immersive shopping experience at Black Spire Outpost and two amazing rides — Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Soon, the Star Wars experience is about to get even more immersive for Walt Disney World Resort Guests. The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel is nearing completion and, now, we have a first look at just how close it really is to Galaxy’s Edge.

Twitter user Bioreconstruct has shared new aerial images of the location of the new Star Wars Resort in relation to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which occupies a back corner of Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. This is the best look fans have gotten so far of just how close the hotel is to the theme park itself.

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The caption reads, “Aerial look at Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (hotel) relative to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge”.

As we can see from the image, Disney World’s newest Resort hotel will truly serve as an extension of the Star Wars-themed land. It appears, in fact, that Guests will not have far to travel at all when they board transport pods (presumably buses, in reality) that will take them to their Batuuan port excursion.

It is worth noting, however, that we don’t know exactly what path Star Wars hotel Guests will take when they travel to Batuu. In this image, it remains unclear if the Starcruiser will directly connect to Galaxy’s Edge through the parking lot or not.

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Bioreconstruct’s recent Star Wars hotel update also included an image of where Halcyon passengers will board their transports:

Aerial look at where transport ships will dock at Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (hotel) for passage between the ship and planet.

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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has promised Disney Parks fans that the wait for the Galactic Starcruiser to open will be worth the wait. He said the fully immersive two-night, three-day experience will leave participants “blown away” and is “truly unlike” anything Disney has ever done before.

At this time, an opening date for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has not been announced, but the official website for the Resort still indicates it is expected to begin accepting reservations in 2021.

The price for a stateroom onboard the Halcyon starship has not been confirmed, but many expect it to be similar to Disney Cruise Line’s pricing, given the somewhat similar nature of the experience.

Are you looking forward to visiting the Galactic Starcruiser?

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