Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser Wins Award Despite Dwindling Reservations

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Starcruiser Dining Hall

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Though The Walt Disney World Resort has welcomed many new rides, attractions, and experiences in the last decade, none rival the ambition of Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Oscar Isaac at Galactic Starcruiser
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While many exciting things are happening across the entire Resort, like the upcoming TRON roller coaster at Magic Kingdom or the brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster at EPCOT, none really compare to what Disney is trying to do with its Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

One part cruise, one part immersive theme park experience, and all parts Star Wars, this luxurious three-day “voyage” will be sure to please fans of both Disney and Star Wars. 
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser dinner shows
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Part of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion which opened in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this state-of-the-art hotel is advertised as an incredibly immersive experience, allowing Guests to live out their very own Star Wars adventure while onboard the Corellian-made Halcyon starcruiser.

However, things haven’t all been sunshine and rainbows. Many have deemed this experience too expensive for the average Guest to enjoy, and they certainly aren’t exaggerating.

Chewbacca with Guests on Star War: Galactic Starcruiser
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Filled with interactive experiences like lightsaber training as well as a fully interactive bridge, the Starcruiser will offer Star Wars fans the ultimate immersive experience. This experience will come at a pretty high cost, however. The cheapest option offered to Guests is a whopping $4,809 for two occupants in a single stateroom on a two-night journey. The price for four Guests jumps to just under $6,000 for the same amount of time, meaning you’ll need a lot of galactic credits or need to know a bounty hunter or two to afford a stay on this luxury “ship.”

Due to the high price, the Starcruiser faced controversy right out of the gate, with many calling it overpriced and not worth the money. Disney posted a “sneak peek” of the hotel, which was met with so much negativity that Disney opted to wipe the video from the internet entirely.

Many cancelations were reported after this situation, leaving the once nearly-booked hotel with over half of its dates for April and May empty. Inside the Magic also noticed that, as of now, the hotel is available to book on May the 4th, the Star Wars-themed holiday that takes place across a lot of Disney Resorts.

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Because of the high cost, reservations are fairly easy to snag. As of publishing this article, December is half full, and January is wide open, as are the following months.

Despite the various controversies and Guest reception, Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has won a coveted industry award. It was recently revealed that the immersive Star Wars experience had won TEA Thea Award in the Brand Experience category.

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Other winners on the list include The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, as well as Universal Studios Beijing,

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