Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel — which is set to “blast off” to a galaxy far, far away beginning March 1, 2022 — will truly immerse passengers on the Halcyon luxury starliner in the Star Wars universe in a fashion that has never before been done.
Guests will dine with Twi’leks, play cards with Togruta, and socialize with Wookiees — yes, even Chewbacca will be onboard hiding from the First Order — but, according to a new video, they might not be able to take photos or videos of certain aspects of the experience.
Per the footage [below]:
“[Upon boarding you will be given a] “talking to” about not having any earthly things because they want you to be fully immersed. This is what they’re telling me today. Photos and videos of certain parts of the Starcruiser will not be allowed — whether will that change in a few months, I don’t know.”
It remains unclear if photos and videos will be prohibited in all public areas of the Star Wars hotel — including the Bridge, the Sublight Lounge, and the Crown of Corellia restaurant — or just during specific “space cruise” activities, such as lightsaber training.
It is worth noting that there are unlikely to be rules against Starcruiser Guests taking photos and videos in their own staterooms.
Furthermore, during the port excursion to Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — which includes rides on both Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — Guests will be able to take photos and videos, which are not prohibited at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park.
It is important to note that Walt Disney World officials have not confirmed anything about photos on the Starcruiser, but it is interesting that the concept art has only shown Guests taking selfies and photos outside the building [below], not in any interior areas.
Despite recent backlash about the design and marketing of the Galactic Starcruiser hotel, The Walt Disney Company has maintained that the first-of-its-kind experience will be incredible. CEO Bob Chapek has noted that it will leave Guests “blown away.”
If, in fact, it is true that passengers who are paying an average of $6,000 for a two-night stay will be unable to document portions of their experience, it is likely that there will be frustration.
Again, at this time, Disney’s official photo and video policy for the Star Wars hotel has not been released.
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