Disney’s high-concept Star Wars hotel finally has an opening day. According to the official blog, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will open at Walt Disney World some time in 2021 with a two-day cruise-like itinerary. Cabins for five start at $3,300.
Galactic Starcruiser is being built literally across the street from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new 14-acre land in Orlando, Florida. Not only will Galactic Starcruiser be a singular facility, it will also be a first-of-its-kind experience. Guests should expect a “24/7” storytelling experience with more in common with Westworld than a traditional hotel stay.
There are currently no plans to add a similar facility at Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim, California.
Guests will arrive at a simulated spaceport, then “jump to lightspeed” aboard the starcruiser Halcyon. Instead of windows, says the blog post, guests will have a simulated view of space through “viewports” as they approach a “massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet.” Artists renderings show plenty of costumed characters, as well as a bipedal droid.
During their stay, guests will be ferried to and from the planet Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost — thematically, the setting for Disney’s Star Wars land — on custom-built vehicles. The mock-up of these “transports” is reminiscent of the interior of the iconic Tantive IV, whose slender, hammerhead-shape is seen in the opening moments of the original Star Wars film in 1977. The role-playing experience will carry over into the park as well. The post says that the goal is to keep guests “fully in-story” all during their stay.
New concept art shows guests gathered around for lessons with a lightsaber. In the Silver C Lounge, costumed patrons enjoy a game of Sabacc while being served drinks by a cast member dressed as a purple Twi’lek. Elsewhere, other cast members toss a group eager children a hydrospanner to do work in the Engineering Room.
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