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Disney’s Star Wars land hotel opens in 2021, here’s how it works

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a two-day immersive adventure

An artists rendering of the Atrium shows a member of the Halcyon’s crew running interference with First Order stormtroopers while Chewbacca moves some luggage around. A bipedal droid walks through the background. Walt Disney World Resorts
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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.

The “transports” shown in artist renders feature orange padded walls, but otherwise look a lot like a bus. Walt Disney World Resorts

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.

The entrance to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is modeled to look like a humble spaceport. The architecture is vaguely brutalist, made from blocks of plain gray concrete. Walt Disney World Resort
A guest at Galactic Starcruiser battles a practice droid with a lightsaber while other guests look on. Artist’s rendering.
An artist’s rendering shows two children in a family-sized room. A planet drifts by on the central window.
An artists rendering of the Halcyon’s bridge shows Resistance and First Order ships doing battle outside.

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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