Amid Backlash, Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Hotel Continues to See Cancelations Dominate

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Concept art of family Starcruiser loading area

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Typically, when Walt Disney World announces a new project, fans cannot wait to see the end result, which is exactly how Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser began.

Starcruiser lightsaber
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After successfully creating Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, recreating iconic aspects like the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing, and bringing characters like Rey, Kylo Ren, Vi Moradi, Chewbacca, Storm Troopers, and more to life, Star Wars fans were affirmed that Disney knew how to bring the immensely popular George Lucas-built franchise to life.

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So, when Disney announced that they were building a first-of-its-kind Star Wars hotel experience that would blast Guests into their own Star Wars film with a two-night immersive story-telling stay, many were stunned at the possibility of the experience. The Star WarsGalactic Starcruiser has been described as a unique, immersive experience that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has promised will leave Guests “blown away.” The Halcyon is set to make her first trip to a galaxy far, far away in March 2022, and when bookings opened, the $6,000.00 experience (prices may vary) began to sell out! Everyone wanted to secure their spot on the ship, but then, things took a turn.

Star Wars Bridge
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Disney released more promotional material, including new video footage of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, which quickly garnered negative press. The material was then deleted by Disney, but not in time to stop some Guests from canceling their reservations. It seems that some Guests were ok with losing their deposit instead of paying full price for the experience that some deemed to appear as lackluster.

Since then, we have reported on more bookings being canceled, and as time moves forward, it seems that that trend is only continuing. Brayden (@SirBrayden), creator of Mickey Views, Tweeted the availability calendar for the Starcruiser, which seems to be opening up to more dates.

Meanwhile, at the Starcruiser…

Frank (@FrankMakesStuff) responded, noting that availability has more than doubled since the video footage was released.

The open availability is definitely increasing, they’re up to 16 “2-day experiences” open as of right now. When this whole kerfuffle began when the video released, it was only like 6 or 7.

Plus, when looking at July, we can see that availability is very open, even though this is peak season at Walt Disney World Resort.

I wouldn’t say packed

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The official description of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser can be seen below:

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a revolutionary new 2-night experience where you are the hero. You and your group will embark on a first-of-its-kind Star Wars adventure that’s your own. It’s the most immersive Star Wars story ever created—one where you live a bespoke experience and journey further into a Star Wars adventure than you ever dreamed possible.Arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort terminal, board a launch pod and rendezvous with the magnificent Halcyon starcruiser. Stay in a cabin or suite with an exquisite view of space. Throughout the ship, you’ll interact with an eclectic collection of characters, sit down to exotic galactic cuisine and perhaps even plot a secret mission together.

Starcruiser Dining Hall
This artist concept rendering does not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face covering and physical distancing requirements. Guests experiencing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – opening in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – will have fantastic meals in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, seen in this artist concept rendering. The enticing supper club is a bright and welcoming hall offering menus of both otherworldly and familiar origins. One night’s dinner will feature a live performance from a galactic superstar. (Disney/Lucasfilm)

As the itinerary continues, you’ll take the story further and deeper. Choose your path. Seek out the inner workings of the legendary starship, learn the traditional art of wielding a lightsaber and even jump on a transport to the planet Batuu—where your mission continues at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

The Star Wars-themed land is set between Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) in the Star Wars timeline. Guests will be able to visit Batuu and ride Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance.

It seems that Disney is, however, aware of the disappointment, which you can read more about here. 

What do you think of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser? Is it worth the price tag? 

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