Amid Backlash, Disney Conspicuously Buries Mention of Galactic Starcruiser

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Galactic Starcruiser exterior

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When the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was first announced at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Star Wars fans could not have been more excited.

Sublight lounge Galactic Starcruiser
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The first-of-its-kind Walt Disney World Resort hotel was promised to give Star Wars fans an experience unlike any other, truly putting them in the middle of the Star Wars story for the first time.

Luxury Corellian starliner, the Halcyon, has been billed as a ship filled with Star Wars species, chances for daring adventures, and a level of immersion that is unrivaled anywhere in this galaxy, even at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.

Ann Morrow Johnson in Starcruiser Bridge
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Recently, however, marketing efforts for the wildly pricey Disney Resort hotel — which officially opens on March 1, 2022 — have fallen flat. Fans have gone so far as to call the design of the starship “pathetic,” and Disney executives and Imagineers are reportedly aware of the Star Wars fandom’s collective “horror” regarding what they’ve seen so far.

Two people at Star Wars Bridge
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Now, seemingly confirming that they are aware of the chilly reception to the upcoming Star Wars experience, Disney has conspicuously avoided any mention of the Galactic Starcruiser during the “The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” special, hosted by siblings Julianne Hough and Derek Hough.

The airing of the annual parade usually serves as a platform for Disney to make announcements regarding major projects. Last year, for example, the lobby statue — a golden rendering of Princess Cinderella — for the Disney Wish cruise ship was unveiled during the Disney Parks holiday parade.

Lightsaber experience art, Galactic Starcruiser
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This year, however, there was not a single mention of Walt Disney World Resort’s much-hyped Star Wars hotel, and it didn’t go unnoticed on social media.

FlerkenWhisperer shared a GIF with the text “WHERE ARE YOU?” with a caption reading:

Galactic starcruiser on the parade special

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Disney has not commented on the conspicuous subversion but continues to stand by the fact that the Starcruiser experience will leave Guests “blown away” and will allow them to experience the Star Wars universe like never before on an unforgettable journey that goes “horribly, horribly wrong.”

Keep in mind, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Starcruiser fall in the Star Wars timeline between Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), meaning iconic characters like Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) are deceased.

Galactic Starcruiser Chewbacca with children art
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We do know, however, that characters like Chewbacca, Rey, and Kylo Ren will all be on board, and Guests will take a port excursion to Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost — but Guests who don’t choose to cancel their stays will simply have to wait and see what else awaits them onboard in Spring 2022.

What do you think about Disney avoiding mention of the Starcruiser during the 2021 Christmas parade?

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