Disney’s new Star Wars hotel takes guests on a journey to another galaxy – Parkland Talk


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By Michelle Spitzer

The long awaited Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser welcomes passengers on board from March 1.

The creators often say not to call it a hotel, but rather a mix of cruise, immersive theater and live action combined with the service that Disney is known for. The Galactic Starcruiser takes guests aboard a Star Wars ship named Halcyon.

This “ship” takes flight thanks to the “magic” of Disney. Terminal passengers enter to begin their journey is located just outside Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

The two-day, two-night all-inclusive adventure starts at $4,800 for two people. A group of four will set you back close to $6,000.

We got a sneak peek aboard the exclusive ship, with just 100 cabins, to help passengers decide if the trip is worth it.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is an immersive vacation experience beyond anything Disney has done before. (David Roark, photographer)

First, the crew members look more like actors than Disney cast members. Each is in full Star Wars mode, and many wear elaborate costumes with headpieces, painted faces, and even colored contacts. These crew members interact with the passengers, and depending on the interaction, the outcome of each guest’s adventure may change.

Each passenger receives a datapad or smart device to use on the ship. This allows them to communicate with others, access certain areas, and plan their scenario.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Guests can use Star Wars: Datapad in the Play Disney Parks mobile app to further immerse their vacation experience. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The stay occupies the whole family. Before boarding, passengers are given an itinerary, including everything from bridge operations training to lightsaber training to dinner.

There is free time with various activities that passengers can do at their leisure, such as learning to play the game Sabacc, having a drink in the Sublight lounge or just having a chat with the captain of the ship. But beware, sometimes they are invited to special clearance meetings or given top-secret missions.

The second day is dedicated to the planet Batuu, located in the Hollywood Studios of Walt Disney World. Passengers will use their datapads to continue their mission on Batuu and perform specific tasks. During this excursion, they have the chance to discover the attractions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. A “transport” will take them between the ship and the planet.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Passengers learn the ancient art of wielding a lightsaber in the lightsaber training pod aboard the starcruiser Halcyon in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Chief Brian Piasecki, Culinary Director for Disney Parksdescribes food as familiar yet visually different flavors.

Instead of Mickey waffles, passengers will experience breakfast items with the Starcruiser logo. Breakfast and lunch are described as “unique buffets”, while dinner is a different dining experience each evening.

A nighttime family dinner is served while passengers are entertained by famed Star Wars singer Gaya. On the second night, the meal is a fine dining experience where the chef comes out and explains each course.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Passengers enjoy the Sublight Lounge aboard the starcruiser Halcyon. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The dorms look like a cruise ship cabin. Most standard cabins sleep four or five with a queen bed, bunk beds, and a roll-away twin bed. There is no window in the cabin, but a “window” overlooks the space.

The cabin also contains a communication panel, allowing passengers to communicate with a new Star Wars character, D3-09. She chats live with the guests, asks questions and gives them all the gossip aboard the ship.

There are some things guests won’t find on board: a gym, pool, casino, bathtubs, room service, or typical Disney goodies like Mickey Ears.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will invite guests aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser known throughout the galaxy for its impeccable service and exotic destinations.  On board, they'll stay in well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, take a planetary excursion to the Black Spire outpost on Batuu, and more.
This model of a spaceship cabin shows the well-appointed accommodations that guests will experience during their stay. (David Roark, photographer)

Passengers will likely see every Star Wars character you know and love, and even some they don’t like so much, and there’s a good chance an appearance will be made by Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, Rey and many more.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
A passenger wearing a Togruta headgear sits at the holo-sabacc table in the Sublight Lounge aboard the Starcruiser Halcyon. (Caitlyn McCabe, photographer)

Passengers don’t need to be Star Wars fans to board.

Imagineers billed this experience as something for “people who love Star Wars and people who love people who love Star Wars”. It’s up to each passenger to decide how immersive they want to be. They can choose to dress up and wear a full Star Wars outfit or spend the whole experience sitting in the living room people watching.

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michelle spitzer

michelle spitzer

Michelle Spitzer grew up in Coral Springs, attending Westchester Elementary, Ramblewood Middle, and JP Taravella High. She attended the University of Florida and has been a journalist for nearly two decades. As a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and USA Today, she’s covered everything from US presidents to shuttle launches to Jamie Foxx’s New Year’s Eve party.


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