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.
When the Outer Rim planet of Batuu finally opened to Disney Parks Guests — on May 31, 2019 at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and on 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 Hondo Ohnaka and Chewbacca’s Millennium Falcon and a host of fun characters, including Rey, Kylo Ren, and Princess Leia’s spy, Vi Moradi.
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, meaning fans are not only immersed in the Star Wars story as a whole, but at a very specific moment in galactic history when the First Order still had a stronghold and Ben Solo had yet to return to the light side of the Force.
Now, things are about to get even more immersive when the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience opens at Walt Disney World Resort on March 1, 2022.
USA Today recently toured Disney’s newest Resort hotel — which offers a two-night adventure that costs approximately $6,000 for an average family of four — and shared details about what is actually included in this wild excursion that truly “transports” Guests to the Star Wars galaxy on the luxury Corellian starliner known as the Halcyon.
Per their report, this is what Guests can expect to receive for the luxury price:
- 2-nights’ accommodations
- 4 meals and refreshments aboard the Galactic Starcruiser
- 1 quick-service meal at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Ongoing interactive entertainment in an immersive theater environment
- Admission to Hollywood Studios for a Galaxy’s Edge excursion
- Valet parking
- 1 exclusive databand (MagicBand) per guest
- Total: $5,999 for three adults and one child (kids age 10 and up count as adults)
The newspaper provided the following comparison to help Guests understand what the Starcruiser adventure costs in relation to a more traditional high-end stay at Walt Disney World Resort:
Based on the level of theming throughout the Galactic Starcruiser and the intimate nature of the stay (there are only 100 cabins), the accommodations come closest to a standard room with a theme park view at the crown jewel of Disney World’s deluxe resorts, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. During the same window as the Starcruiser’s sample dates (most weeknights from Aug. 20 through Sept. 17, 2022), two nights add up to $2,390, excluding taxes and fees.
Due to timing of the Starcruiser, iconic characters like Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) are deceased, but we do know 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 — however, many other details about this first-of-its-kind Walt Disney World Resort hotel remain under wraps.
Walt Disney Imagineer Ann Morrow-Johnson, though, has shared these details about what Guests can anticipate on their pricey — but amazing — Halcyon journey:
It’s not really a hotel, it’s not really immersive theater, it’s not really a theme park, it’s not really gameplay — it’s kind of an intersection of all of those things where Guests get to play a role and choose their path within the Star Wars story. So when you come on board, you’ve got everything from your food, your activities, your accommodations onboard as well as your shore excursion in kind of a traditional cruise-style model, if you will. But of course, you’re on the one fateful journey that goes horribly, horribly wrong, and you get wrapped up in the action. So depending on the characters you meet, you might choose to help different folks and your story will unfold differently as a result.”
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