Walt Disney World will be opening their most anticipated resort ever in 2022, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. However, this isn’t a Star Wars themed resort hotel. Many people have been hoping for a Walt Disney World value resort where everything is Star Wars 24/7/365. Unfortunately, or maybe, fortunately, that isn’t what we will be getting with the Galactic Starcruiser. Right now there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the new Galactic Starcruiser hotel, so much of what it will or won’t be is speculation. There is quite a bit that we do know, however. Here a list of what we know and do not know about the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser:
What We Know About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Status Date: July 11, 2021
1. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Location
The new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be located directly south of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As you can see on this map, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, can be seen directly North of the new resort.
The resort will be accessible from the South entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios parking lot, and there will not be any parking at the resort itself but will use a section of the Hollywood Studios parking lot.
2. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will not be a “hotel”
Unfortunately, the Galactic Starcruiser will not be a hotel like all of the other Disney resorts at Walt Disney World. You will not be able to check in and stay there for as long as you want. All stays at the Galactic Starcruiser will be 2 nights only, no longer and no shorter. It is better to think of a stay at the Galactic Starcruiser more like a cruise than a hotel. When you arrive you will be transported to the Halcyon starcruiser floating high above Florida via a launch pod and will arrive in the Atrium, the hub of the ship. You will then be shown to your cabin, similar to the staterooms aboard a Disney Cruise. From the moment you arrive the experience will be completely immersive, your stay will be planned for you from arrival on board the starcruiser until your departure back to earth.
If you have ever been on a Disney Cruise and stayed in an inside stateroom with virtual portholes, you will recognize your stateroom aboard the Galactic Starcruiser. You will not have a view of a theme park or parking lot from your stateroom window (or other windows on board), your view will be of the galaxy, and possibly passing planets, spaceships and maybe even random surprises from time to time.
3. You will enjoy an Excursion to a nearby planet, Batuu
You will not return to earth during your two-night stay, but you will be making one stop. Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will have direct access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the mythical planet of Batuu. While it has not been announced, we fully expect your visit to be during non-operational hours of the theme park, so you will have unfettered access to all rides, shops and experiences while on Batuu.
4. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Restaurants
Remember, your stay here is an immersive experience. You aren’t allowed to wander around other parks or go to Disney Springs for dinner (and why would you want to?!?). You will be completely taken care of once onboard, including food and drinks.
- Crown of Corellia Dining Room – This will be your home for meals onboard. This restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to all guests staying on that Halcyon.
- The Sublight Lounge – An all-age retreat featuring drinks and games for all passengers.
5. Guests will receive star wars themed attire for their entire journey
Based on the mock-ups of the restaurants, atrium, and the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser poster (below), all guests are dressed in appropriate attire, to complete the all-immersive Star Wars theme.
What We DO NOT Know About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
So, currently, there’s still a lot we don’t know, and a lot of what we do know we don’t have a lot of detail on or is still unconfirmed. Until the resort is officially announced by Disney and all of the information is released, we won’t know everything completely. There is still quite a bit we do not know:
1. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser cost
This is the big question, how much is it going to cost? Well, at this point we really have no idea and the best we can do is guess. The Halcyon is an exclusive, first class experience on the level of a Disney Cruise, if the ship only held a hundred people or so. It will include all food, entertainment, experiences and access to Batuu. While no prices have been given by Disney, and probably will not be given until we are able to actually make reservations there, we can make our best guesstimate. While prices will vary throughout the year similar to other Disney resorts, we estimate that the price will be in the $2,000 – $3,000 range per person for the 2-night stay. For a family of 5, that total could reach $10,000. It will be interesting to see where pricing is actually set.
2. Star Wars: Galaxy Starcruiser Opening Date
Originally, Walt Disney World was aiming to open this hotel for its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, but like many new attractions throughout the parks, they aren’t going to make it. Currently, the Galactic Starcruiser is scheduled to open sometime in 2022, and we should know more fairly soon as all other Walt Disney World resorts are currently open for booking for all of 2022. We at Mouseketrips are hoping that the Halcyon will be open for Spring Break, 2022, but we will have to wait and see.
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