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 is 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: August 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. Valet parking will be included with your stay.
2. Star Wars: Galactic Cruises prices
Finally, as of August 4, 2021, some ideas of prices have been released, and they are not far off from the estimates we have deduced months ago. The Halcyon is an exclusive, first-class experience on the level of a Disney Cruise, if the Disney Cruise ship only held a few hundred people or so. It will include all food, entertainment, experiences and access to Batuu. Pricing starts at $749 per guest per night, so a family of four would be at least $5,999 for the 2-night stay. These prices are for a standard cabin during the weekday and during a normally inexpensive time of the year, so surely prices for other cabins (see below) and other times of the year will be higher.
Currently, this is all we have for pricing, no exact pricing for individual dates is available yet or for other room types.
3. 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 onboard), your view will be of the galaxy, and possibly passing planets, spaceships and maybe even random surprises from time to time.
4. There are going to be several cabin types on board the Halcyon
Similar to a Disney Cruise, more than one type of cabin will be available to book on board the Halcyon. Of course, the bigger the cabin, the higher the price. Please note that none of the cabins connect, so your family must fit in one cabin or split up.
5. 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. According to the current information, your stay will also include a one-day ticket to Hollywood Studios (no reservation needed) which will give you access to Galaxy’s Edge. Your stay on Batuu will also include one-time access to both Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millenium Falcon attractions. Based on the current sample schedule, you will have access to both attractions in the morning and then return to the Halcyon after lunch on Batuu.
6. 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.
Walt Disney World has announced that your stay onboard the Halcyon will include 2 breakfast and 2 dinner meals per guest, with gratuity included for dinners. Lunch while on Batuu will be included too (Quick Service Credits). Dining will also be similar to the Disney Cruise, where you will choose between early or late dining times when booking your stay, and you will likely be seated with other galactic passengers for meals.
7. Limited Capacity aboard the Halcyon
There are only 100 cabins onboard the Halcyon, split between the three room types. With all stays being 2 nights, Disney should load about 50 cabins each day, so somewhere around 200 people per day. As you can see below, the sample itinerary will not be the same for all 200 people, your itinerary will be customized so that your group has full access to everything aboard the Halcyon.
8. What you do when you are onboard the Galactic Starcruiser
Walt Disney World has been kind enough to provide us with a sample itinerary. This of course will change depending on dining times, changes to the schedule, etc. It gives us a good idea of all that will be covered during your stay (including the Spectacular Finale, which honestly, sounds spectacular!).
9. What to bring and what to wear on the Galactic Starcruiser
Walt Disney World has released a list of what to bring and what to wear. The highlight is that guests are allowed to bring their own star wars attire to wear during the adventures. Disney-produced attire will be available for purchase onboard or in advance on ShopDisney.com.
What to bring
- Photo ID or passport
- Phone and mobile device chargers
- Camera and accessories (batteries, memory cards, etc.)
- Prescription glasses or contact lenses
- Medication (in their original containers)
- Hair supplies for your favorite Star Wars hairstyle
What to wear (Attire Needed for your journey)
- Star Wars galaxy attire (Jedi robes, etc.)
- Jeans or pants
- Rain jacket or windbreaker
- Sweater, sweatshirt or other clothes you can layer in colder conditions
- Comfortable walking shoes like sneakers or sandals for your Planet Excursion
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, including:
1. Star Wars: Galactic 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 Spring, 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.
Today (August 4, 2021) the very first commercial for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was released. Look for it on your favorite TV program:
All images Artist Concept Only, ©Disney/Lucasfilm
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