As we are patiently waiting for the new Star Wars land in Disney's Hollywood Studios…
If you thought Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge was awesome, just wait until you see all the details about the Star Wars Hotel coming to Disney World! Ever since it was announced that Disney was building a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort, we’ve been excited out of our minds knowing guests can board a starship for a multi-night adventure in what is going to be the most immersive hotel experience in the world!
In this post, we are going to break down everything we know about Disney’s Star Wars Hotel including its name (Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser), Location, Pricing, Entertainment, Rooms, Reservations, and the Opening.
While Disney hasn’t yet shared all the details, we’re continuously updating this post to bring you the latest news and updates on the Star Wars Hotel in Disney World. Sit back, relax and imagine what it will be like stepping on board the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser!
Before we get started, here are our other most important posts on the Star Wars Hotel that will help you plan your trip:
(NEWS) Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Opening March 1, 2022
Ever since the Star Wars Hotel was announced we’ve been waiting to find out when it is opening. After the latest update from Disney, we now have a specific timeframe.
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel is opening on March 1, 2022!
Before this announcement, we knew it was opening sometime in Spring 2022, but now we know it will be March 1. That means we are just about 5 months away from the grand opening.
Disney also revealed that reservations for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel will be available starting October 28, 2021.
It’s listed that in general guests can start making reservations on October 28, however, there may be an earlier date for select guests including Disney Vacation Club members, Disney World Annual Passholders, or Disney Visa Cardmembers.
We also don’t know how the reservation process will work, if there will be a lottery system or something else. Whatever they decide, expect reservations for the Star Wars Hotel to go FAST as it will be in high demand.
We’ll have more updates about the Galactic Starcruiser in the coming days including info about the reservation process and more experiences so stay tuned!
(NEWS 8/4/21) Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Pricing Revealed
We all knew that the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel was going to be expensive, and now we know just how much it’s going to cost. Disney has revealed the prices for the hotel rooms and everything that is included in the experience.
A 2-night, 2-day stay on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser starts at $4,809 for a 2 guest room. A 4 guest cabin starts at $5,999, and the prices keep going up from there depending on what time of year you are going, how many people, and what cabin type.
We just wrote a new post on this so check out our Guide to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Prices & Room Types for more detailed info.
(NEWS) Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser New Lightsabers
Before we get into all the details of the project, we wanted to give you the latest update on what’s going on with the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort.
Since Walt Disney World closed in 2020, there haven’t been many details released about the Star Wars Hotel project. Until Now. On this May the 4th, we finally have some good news for you.
Disney has revealed brand new working lightsabers that will be one of the main attractions for the hotel! When you see these things they will blow your mind!
Disney even released a brand new video showing the impressive lightsaber in action:
We can’t wait to get our hands on one of those!!
Here is a look at the Galactic Starcruiser Hotel model on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in The Walt Disney Presents attraction.
Disney also confirmed that from the moment you arrive, to the moment you depart, you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions, actions, and even the casual conversations you may have will determine how your personal journey unfolds.
So what does this mean for the future of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser? When can we expect it to open now? Disney has now given us an exact date and confirmed that it will open on March 1, 2022.
Even though we have an opening date, the Star Wars Hotel has some very real issues that are directly tied to the current health crisis and the financial status of the company.
For a while, things were looking very questionable for the project. In fact, all construction on the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel was temporarily suspended in 2020, like all the projects around Walt Disney World. Many were speculating the future of the Galactic Starcruiser hotel, and if Disney would even go through with building it.
After all, not too long ago, Disney announced it was cutting $900 million to the construction budget for new projects. In fact, since then we’ve already seen some new projects get canceled or postponed in Disney World, with big cuts to the EPOCT overhaul and some older attractions canceled like Primeval Whirl and Rivers of Light.
Since the new announcements, we know the project is full steam ahead. However, the financial aspect is still a huge factor. The Star Wars Hotel is supposed to be a very exclusive, and very expensive experience for guests. With only around 100 rooms, the two-day experience will cost THOUSANDS of dollars to do.
When Disney announced the project a few years ago, they certainly didn’t imagine the health and economic situation that we are currently in. They have to be sure that when it opens, there will be enough demand and that at least some people will be able to afford it.
Another reason why it was postponed is the nature of the Galactic Starcruiser experience is to be in a closed space, in close proximity with other guests for the duration of your stay. That too is not ideal given the current health crisis and what type of activities people prefer doing right now.
Will Disney be able to convince enough people to shell out the kind of money it will take, all to stay in a window-less structure with almost no exposure to fresh air?
At least by pushing this out to 2022, hopefully, people will be in a better situation both physically and economically.
The theme parks at Disney World are starting to pick up in attendance now which is a good sign. That should tell you people are now starting to traveling again and want to experience theme parks again. Let’s hope they are ready for an even more intimate experience like the Star Wars Hotel in Disney World.
We know it’s opening in March, but we aren’t sure that will give Disney enough time. What happens over the winter will go a long way in determining if things will get back to normal and if guests have enough time to plan a trip. We would have chosen something a little later like May or beyond, but we’ll have to see.
Disney obviously feels confident with how the world situation is unfolding to lock in a March 1 date.
We hate to say it, we think due to the cost-cutting tear the company is on, the Star Wars Hotel will be scaled back some. Perhaps some of its more costly show sets and entertainment options will be put aside for the time being for cheaper or fewer options.
Disney hasn’t yet said what kind of system guests will be used to make reservations for the Star Wars Hotel. Will it be handled like regular Disney Hotel reservations, or will there be some kind of lottery system similar to when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland?
We have some more ideas about the reservations so keep scrolling down to read more details about the latest news for the Star Wars Hotel.
In the meantime, watch this video with Executive Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, Ann Morrow as she explains more about what this incredible experience is going to be like:
(NEWS) First Look Inside the Star Wars Hotel Guest Rooms
We’ve had a lot of concept art up to this point, but now Disney has just shared the first look inside the real Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser guest rooms and they look out of this world!
There will be three types of rooms available to stay in, a “Standard Cabin”, the larger “Galaxy Class Suite”, and the biggest of them all, the “Grand Captain’s Suite” cabin.
In the photo below we get our first look at one of the regular cabins. These fit 4 to 5 guests.
Notice the queen-sized bed and the two “space bunk bed pods” on the wall:
You can also see the entrance hallway with a closet, and a bathroom on the left-hand side.
Here is a view of the room from the bunk beds:
You can see the high-tech digital window on the far wall which will give you a view into outer space.
The Star Wars hotel is more like a cruise ship experience rather than a traditional hotel where guests stay for a 2-day, 2-night experience.
For more info on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel, keep reading below…
Star Wars Hotel Overview
So just what is this Star Wars Hotel anyway? Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is Disney’s new fully immersive and interactive Star Wars-themed resort. What makes this different from any other hotel Disney has done in the past, and any other hotel anyone has done is that guests will be fully involved in their own Star Wars universe story that they will get to play out during the stay.
What also makes it unique is that it will act more like a cruise than a normal hotel, with guests coming aboard for a 2-night, 2-day all-inclusive excursion. There will be no 1-Night stays or longer than 2 Nights, and everyone will start and finish their stay at the same time, just like on a cruise.
You will arrive and depart at the same time as other guests and have an itinerary to follow full of activities.
That is something that Disney hasn’t ventured into yet, and it will be unlike any other vacation experience on the planet!
“Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a completely new type of experience,” says Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering. “You’re going to live onboard a star cruiser…and you can get wrapped up in the larger Star Wars story.”
Onboard the luxury hotel, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them onboard the ship, and even some off-ship in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
There will be Lightsaber Training, a Mission Control Experience where the Galactic Starcruiser (“Halcyon“) gets attacked by First Order troops, Interactive Dining, Star Wars Character Interaction, and numerous other Themed Activities and Experiences.
Disney Imagineer and Portfolio Creative Executive, Scott Trowbridge said: “Our guests who are part of the Galactic Starcruiser experience can think of the Starcruiser as a Star Wars space version for a cruise ship with ports of call including to the planet Batuu, but it is also a story-driven experience where you are invited to go as deep as you want…
So your stories from the Galactic Starcruiser will influence what happens to you on your planetary visit and your stories of what you do on the planet will follow you back to the ship.”
Guests must make critical decisions throughout their stay which will have an effect on the way your individual story turns out. Will you train to become a Jedi and learn how to wield a lightsaber? Will you help the “bad guys.” You can even help smuggle characters onto the ship who will come up later in the story.
Disney has just begun sharing how stories between the Galactic Starcruiser hotel and Galaxy’s Edge will be shared, but at least we have confirmation that the two will be connected!
While the story and guest interaction is a huge part of the experience, guests are not forced to participate and can enjoy the story as much or as little as they desire. This is nice for casual fans or friends and family just coming along for the ride.
What is Included in the Star Wars Hotel Experience?
The Galactic Starcruiser is not like a traditional hotel and is set up similar to a cruise ship in that guests pay a flat fee per night and more is included besides just the hotel room, such as dining, entertainment, and other experiences are included.
Here is what is included in the cost:
- 2-night stay in a cabin or suite
- Ongoing, immersive and interactive entertainment, where choices determine your experience
- Food and beverages on the starcruiser (excluding alcoholic and specialty beverages) and a quick-service meal at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo or other select locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for your planetary excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for one day, on day two
- Valet parking
- Exclusive Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser databand (known on your home planet as a MagicBand)
Extras like alcoholic drinks and other experiences are an additional cost.
Where is the Star Wars Hotel Being Built?
In creating an immersive experience that will work together with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney is building the Star Wars Hotel right next to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
Originally when the project was announced, it seemed like it might be attached to Hollywood Studios itself, but as construction got underway, it’s clear that the location of the Star Wars Hotel is close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, but not attached to it.
Here’s a look at the location of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser near Hollywood Studios:
The reason Disney is building the Star Wars-themed resort right near Hollywood Studios is to give its guests access to Galaxy’s Edge nearby. Guests will seamlessly move between the hotel and Star Wars Land for “special visits” where they will carry out secret missions and have various adventures.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Name
At the latest D23 Expo, a bunch of news and updates were announced including the official name of the Star Wars Hotel: “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.” Of course, this name is pretty fitting seeing that it’s more like a Star Wars Cruise than a Star Wars Hotel, and implies that guests will be “cruising” through the galaxy while onboard.
We also know that the name of the actual ship from the Star Wars Hotel is going to be “Halcyon,” and we got to see models of what the ship will look like from the outside. The Halcyon is part of the Chandrila Star Line fleet, the company that operates it.
It is Corellian MPO-1400 model starcruiser that you might recognize from the Star Wars universe.
How Big is the Star Wars Hotel?
While Disney hasn’t announced the exact size of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel yet, we do know that it’s not going to be big, rather it’s small compared to other Walt Disney World Resorts. In fact, it’s going to be a luxury boutique hotel with a focus on interaction and immersion, rather than sheer size.
How Many Rooms are there in the Star Wars Hotel? There are 100 cabins aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. By looking through construction permits and blueprints we can get a better look at the exact number of guest cabins:
On the first floor, we can count 32 standard-size cabins like in the concept art. Besides the standard cabins, there will also be 2 1st Class cabins which will be bigger, and with more amenities. That gives us a total of 34 rooms on that floor.
Looking at the latest construction updates we can see the Star Wars Hotel has 3 floors of guest rooms, which means 3 x 34 gives us 102 rooms total. Disney has 100 rooms listed on the website as the exact size so there might only be 33 rooms on two of those floors.
This is quite a difference from normal Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and really emphasizes how the storytelling part will be so important and how this will be a much more intimate experience than you’ll find elsewhere. The emphasis here isn’t on size and numbers, but on high-quality entertainment and that can only be controlled if there is a limited amount of guests onboard.
Layout of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel
What will it be like on Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel? Thanks to Californiacoasterkings.com, we have some of the Star Wars Hotel blueprint plans showing the layout and amazing details about what the guest experience will be like, including the interior of the hotel.
We’ll get into the plans in more detail as we go level-by-level through the hotel, but first, we’ll go over the overall layout of Disney’s Star Wars Hotel.
Here are the blueprints and plans for the overall project:
Notice the layout of the building with the driveway and drop-off point on the right and the main section of the hotel being the square part in the center, with the long brown part indicating the guest cabins. These plans also show some backstage areas at the top.
Now let’s go floor by floor on the inside of Disney’s Star Wars Hotel starting on Level 1:
On the right in the green is the terminal, the entrance to the hotel. Here guests will drop off their bags and heading into the pre-show area and eventually to the launch pod which will blast them up to the Galactic Star Cruiser.
The Brig, Engineering Room, Dojo (lightsaber training area), courtyard, restrooms, and the table service restaurant all make up the main area of the first floor, with guest cabins to the left in 3 room class types: Typical, Captains Cabins and First Class Cabins.
When guests arrive however onboard the Galactic Starcruiser from the launch pod, they will arrive directly on level 2, which is the Main Lobby:
On the second floor of the Galactic Starcruiser, there will be of course the main lobby deck area in the center, followed by a boutique, restrooms, cantina, and the bridge. More guest cabins of all three classes are located down the hall.
All three floors of the Star Wars Hotel will connect by elevator (turbolift), a totally separate one than which you use to enter the hotel.
Lastly, we have the 3rd-floor plans:
Here are mostly cabins, with a catwalk area looking down over the lobby in the center.
Now that we have an overview of the blueprints for the Star Wars Hotel, let’s look at each section in more detail.
Star Wars Hotel Arrival Experience
First, we’re going to look at the arrival portion of the Star Wars Hotel experience.
Of course, the premise of the Star Wars Hotel is that you are boarding a starship in outer space where you will stay, so your journey starts at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal spaceport in Orlando, Florida where you will then embark on a shuttle which will take you up to the Starcruiser resort.
When guests pull up, they will be seeing the outside of a spaceport. Here is what that Galactic Starcruiser Terminal will look like:
I love how the trees are completely blocking your view of the hotel from the drop-off point at the entrance. The hotel is behind the doors where you enter, but all guests can see from this part is the spaceport entrance and that’s it!
This is critical to the storytelling as it would ruin the experience if you could already see the hotel from here.
This is a look at a previous version of the concept art:
Now here is what that same entrance looks like under construction. Notice the road leading up to the drop-off point where guests will enter:
It looks like there will be limited parking for guests at the Star Wars Hotel, with a very small parking lot. Guests will leave their vehicles if they have one, otherwise, Disney will have other transportation arrangements for guests arriving in Orlando from the airport or other locations on Walt Disney World Property.
It’s also here at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal where you will check-in for your stay at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel.
Now, what is the first thing you have to do when entering a spaceport before your flight? Go through security of course!
Your bags will pass through the X-Ray machines, while you will go through metal detectors. Why is this necessary you might ask? Well, once in the Star Wars Hotel, your trip to Galaxy’s Edge needs to be seamless without breaking the atmosphere and going through security in the park. That means it has to be taken care of ahead of time, and once you do, you’re set.
Once finished with security you will go through a room labeled “Pre-show.” This will be a pre-show of some kind, explaining the mission you are about to embark out on.
Disney uses a sophisticated elevator system, like a launch pod of sorts, which simulates space travel and makes you feel like you are really flying in a shuttle up into space aboard the ship.
Once past here, the guests will be loaded into the “Elevator Load” and then the actual “Launch Pod Elevator” where they will launch into space and up to their future home on the starship.
Here’s what the inside of the launch pod you’ll take up to the second floor will look like:
We also have a video Disney released a while back showing this sequence arriving on the spaceship:
You’ll only go up one level with the launch pod, but it will seem like you traveled thousands of miles into space.
Main Deck on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Once you get off the shuttle, you step into the elaborate Main Deck where you will start your galactic vacation experience. Disney is really emphasizing the “cruise-like” experience and all guests come aboard and exit at the same time, just like a cruise.
There is a formal gathering once onboard the ship which explains what guests will see and experience throughout the trip. Star Wars character interactions then ensue.
The concept art for the ship looks awesome with robots in the lobby, stormtroopers looking for resistance spies, and even Chewbacca mingling with the guests. Guests will be interacting with each other a lot, as well as the characters onboard the ship. Droids and alien species will freely roam about the ship interacting with guests.
Here are some more blueprints for the main lobby area starting with the Main Level:
And here is the atrium level above the main level with a catwalk around the outside of it:
Some pretty interesting fixtures are located throughout the lobby, like the hologram tanks on either side. These will be used to communicate with Star Wars characters who will be giving you missions and announcements.
Characters like Kylo Ren will make an appearance aboard the Holcyon during an attack on the ship. There will be elaborate show sequences and in one part he will even make fixtures like this one fall from the ceiling:
This whole time there will be giant windows looking out into the vast expanse of space, letting you know you’re a long way off from your departure! In fact, there won’t be any windows with a view out into the real world from the Star Wars Hotel, but they all will be these electronic ones where you can see the planets, stars, and maybe even other starships!
This window technology is first being used in the Epcot Space Restaurant, which is opening in the next few months. That will give us a nice preview of what we can expect from the Galactic Starcruiser.
What exactly are you going to be doing for 2 days and 2 nights on the Galactic Starcruiser? Here is the full itinerary:
We know guests can choose to participate or not in these activities, and it will be interesting to see just how much freedom they have and how strict the schedules will be.
Will any of the events be mandatory? Will you be able to roam about the hotel as you please? We’re also curious to see if you can spend more time on an activity than listed on the itinerary.
Since this is a 2-Night stay in the Star Wars Hotel, guests will need a place to sleep, and that’s where the many guest cabins come into play.
Guest cabins come in 3 sizes:
- Standard Cabins
- Galaxy Class Suites
- Grand Captain Suites
Here is some concept art from Disney at the guest rooms in the Star Wars Hotel:
The rooms are very clean and have a distinct “space-feel” to them with white walls, and light panels and buttons everywhere you’d expect to see on a starcruiser.
Here are the blueprints for the cabins:
The typical guest cabins will sleep 4 and have a big bed and two bunks for the kids. Here’s a side shot of the details on the bed. Those panels look awesome!
The space windows which are throughout the ship are also in each guest cabin and will provide incredible views:
These rooms will also be highly immersive as was described in patents Disney filed for immersive multimedia for hotel rooms. Let’s hope all those buttons have a function!
Standard Cabin Rooms will fit 4 to 5 guests, while the bigger Grand Captain Suites can hold up to 8 guests, perfect for bigger families. The only negative we can see so far is that the standard rooms aren’t connecting, in order to accommodate bigger parties.
Each Standard Cabin is fitted with furnishings and fixtures designed to ensure comfort while traveling throughout the galaxy—including a pullout table and a TV with entertainment from your home planet—and a window with a view out into space.
- Sleeps: 4 to 5 passengers
- Room Configuration: queen bed, 2 berths (bunk beds) for one adult each and a wall pull-down bed for one adult (if sleeping 5)
- Mini refrigerator
- Hair dryer
- In-cabin safe
- Phone with voicemail messaging
- Interactive TV
- H2O Plus® spa, bath and shower products
Galaxy Class Suite
One-bedroom Galaxy Class Suites feature a living space complete with an integrated seating area and have all the comforts of Standard Cabins plus a double vanity bathroom, bar area, 2 windows with views out into space, and a few extra Star Wars surprises.
- Sleeps: 4 passengers
- Room Configuration: queen bed and 2 wall pull-down beds for one adult each
- Mini refrigerator
- Hair dryer
- In-cabin safe
- Phone with voicemail messaging
- Interactive TV
- H2O Plus® spa, bath and shower products
Grand Captain Suite
Two-bedroom Grand Captain’s Suites offer ample room for the whole family and feature a posh living space complete with an integrated seating area. They have all the comforts of Standard Cabins plus a main suite with a double vanity bathroom, a second bathroom with a single vanity, a bar area, 3 windows with views out into space, and a few extra Star Wars surprises.
- Sleeps: 8 passengers
- Room Configuration: 2 queen beds, 2 berths (bunk beds) for one adult each and 2 wall pull-down beds for one adult each
- Mini refrigerator
- Hair dryer
- In-cabin safe
- Phone with voicemail messaging
- Interactive TV
- H2O Plus® spa, bath and shower products
The rooms sound completely amazing, but what else can you do in the Star Wars Hotel?
Entertainment & Experiences on the Galactic Starcruiser
Disney hasn’t given the full details yet about all the entertainment and experiences on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel, but we do know quite a bit of information already. We have the names and general ideas behind most of the interactive activities available.
There are some other rooms off the main lobby and down on the bottom floor where guests will be able to engage in interactive experiences. All the areas in the blueprints where it’s marked: “Dojo,” “Brig”, “Engineering Room,” “Courtyard” and “Bridge.” Those will all be part of the entertainment and have heavy storytelling elements.
We’re not sure how guests are going to get to do all these activities. Will there be a virtual queue? Do you need to make a reservation? Will you get to do all of them or will you be forced to choose between them?
Let’s look at the ones we know about so far:
- Lightsaber Training
- Bridge Control Room Attack Sequence
- Engineer Room
- Sabacc Lessons & Tournament
- Droid Racing Competition
- Captain’s Reception
- One-Hour “Spectacular Finale”
This is the Dojo we see in the plans and where young or old can put their lightsaber skills to the test as they go up against a training remote just like Luke Skywalker did in A New Hope.
What would be awesome is if guests could bring their custom lightsabers from Savi’s Workshop or the Legacy Lightsabers from Dok Ondar’s and use them in the Dojo lightsaber training. It’s more likely that guests will be able to use the new “working lightsabers” at the Star Wars Hotel that Disney has been developing.
Guests will interact with the training remote, learning to anticipate and block blasts. We’re curious about how long each guest will have here and if you need to book the experience or if there is a queue.
Bridge Control Room Attack Sequence
This is the one experience I’m most looking forward to on the Halcyon. You will be brought to the bridge and trained on how to use the controls and navigate the ship.
This will come in handy later on in the story as the Galactic Starcruiser will come under attack during the adventure and your ability to fend off the attack will be crucial.
Disney has said that “the laser blasters at the front of the ship might come in handy.”
Discover the hidden secrets of the Halcyon, with secret spaces hidden deep in the mechanics of the ship. Perhaps you’ll find a secret meeting or two while you are there.
According to Disney, the Engineer Room itself is going to be completely secret and not even listed on the map. That means you’ll have to discover where it is based on the missions you complete.
According to Disney: “There might be someone that you help stowaway, and there might be someone you help get thrown in a brig or break out!”
This area off the main deck will allow guests to use their force powers, pushing and levitating rocks and other objects.
Disney has been working on this technology for a while now, and while we thought using the force might be implemented in Galaxy’s Edge, it looks like it will be put to use in the Star Wars Hotel instead.
Consequences from Actions
Disney has also said that the choices you make during your adventure will help determine how your Star Wars story progresses. We’ve heard that before in Galaxy’s Edge, and that hasn’t exactly come true so far. It seems that taking a concept like that and deploying it on a theme park scale was a bit too ambitious.
However, that same concept on a much smaller scale is definitely doable, and one of the reasons Disney is keeping it small.
What Characters Will there be on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
While we don’t know all the characters that will be featured in the Star Wars Hotel, we do have a list of some who are definitely confirmed:
- Kylo Ren
- Ship Captain
- Ship Mechanic
- Resistance Spies
The First Order characters will play a prominent role in the adventure, with Kylo Ren leading the way.
There are also some resistance members onboard including Rey and Chewbacca. This makes sense since all these characters are featured in Galaxy’s Edge, so they can be worked into the story here too.
The ship’s captain sounds interesting and is described as “strong and charismatic,” though not human. The ship’s mechanic will make an appearance. In the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, there is a Twi’lek entertainer, plus we are guessing there will be other aliens there too.
As far as old-school Star Wars characters, I don’t think you can expect any (outside of Chewie). In all its recent Star Wars additions to the parks, Disney has been concentrating more on the new generation of characters that are in the newer trilogy.
That means you can probably forget any appearances from Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Darth Maul.
It sounds like guests are really going to be interacting with all these characters and some may even ask for help to complete secret missions. Be careful, however, as others may not have your best interests at heart…
If you’ve ever seen a Star Wars film before, then you know characters in hologram form appear often in order to relay important information between each other. Well according to the U.S. Patents office, Disney has filed for a patent called “Floating Image Display System.”
This technology if implemented would allow guests to interact with hologram characters from Star Wars during their journey. In fact, looking back up at the concept art for the main lobby, you can see guests talking to what appears to be a hologram figure.
If they were able to pull this technology off, just think of the possibilities of where they could use this technology, not only for the Star Wars franchise but throughout the parks. (Hello Avengers Campus for example.)
Star Wars Hotel Restaurants
Dining is always a big part of any trip to Disney World, and it will be no different on the Halcyon. There are 2 restaurants/dining locations onboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser: a Table Service Restaurant and a Cantina.
- Crown of Corellia Dining Room
- Sublight Lounge
Disney has worked hard at creating foods that “truly feel like they’re from a different galaxy.” Some of these items are inspired by individual Star Wars planets like Mustafar. The chefs working on the menus have “taken such ownership of the Star Wars storytelling.”
According to Disney, “We’re taking really delicious things and presenting them in unexpected ways” that are “of and kind of inspired by Star Wars storytelling DNA.”
How it Works
Just like with cruises, meals are included in the price of the stay on the Galactic Starcruiser, so you don’t need to worry about paying extra. There are 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners during your stay.
Alcohol is not included and is an extra cost, and there are additional dining experiences that are extra.
There will be live entertainment such as a musical show performed by aliens during dinner on the first night.
Crown of Corellia Dining Room
In the concept art you can see the table service restaurant (Crown of Corellia Dining Room) marked TSR:
The table service restaurant will be similar to the one that was originally planned for Galaxy’s Edge but then later was cut due to budget concerns. It’s unlikely that Galaxy’s Edge will be getting that second restaurant anytime soon.
In any case, the Crown of Corellia Dining Room restaurant in the Star Wars Hotel will be a large open space with booths and tables all around the perimeter, with a dinner show and live entertainment included with your meal. This will be a fantastic addition, and with a small crowd, they can really create a more intimate feel.
The restaurant gets its name from Corellia, the planet where the Halcyon ship was built, and also the Millennium Falcon. This dining location will serve breakfast and lunch, then transform into a more elegant and formal restaurant for dinner.
Similar to a Disney Cruise, there will be two seatings for dinner, an early one and a late one, with half the guests going in each turn. This will allow an even more intimate setting. Guests can request which seating they prefer when making reservations.
In typical Star Wars fashion, there are all sorts of out-of-this-world food going to be served at this restaurant, and it will be served family-style.
Both of these will take place on the Galactic Starcruiser in the glamorous Crown of Corellia Dining Room. Breakfast is served in the morning on day 2, and on day 3, right before departure. Guests will have 1 hour to eat breakfast.
Breakfast includes hot and cold small plates and a variety of beverages including juices, fresh-brewed coffee, and Bubo Wamba Family Farms blue milk.
Guests will eat at Docking Bay 7: Food and Cargo, a quick service restaurant in Batuu, or another quick service restaurant in Hollywood Studios. Guests have one hour to eat and enjoy the unique theming of the restaurant. This all happens after you get to ride both Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
One entree and side, plus beverage will likely be included in the price. You will use your Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser databand (MagicBand) to redeem your meal as you do if you were using the Disney Dining Plan.
We are unsure what lunch will be offered for guests who remain on the Galactic Starcruiser and choose not to go down to Galaxy’s Edge.
Dinner onboard the Galactic Starcruiser looks like it will be one of the highlights of the entire Star Wars hotel experience. The Crown of Corellia Dining Room transforms into a table service supper club with live entertainment.
Guests will enjoy music and socialize with other passengers and crew.
On the first evening, guests will be entertained by a Twi’lek, a galactic superstar entertainer. He’s described as a “galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room with the crook of one jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger.” It sounds crazy!
On the second evening “The Taste Around the Galaxy” showcases courses inspired by the geography and environments of iconic destination planets throughout the galaxy. Each course will be served with a brief presentation of the name, inspiration, and ingredients. The meal includes appetizers, and your choice of entrée, as well as a specialty plated dessert.
There is also an upgraded dinner at the Captain’s Table which comes at an additional cost. Think of this as a Chef’s Table dining experience you find in other Disney restaurants.
Guests sit at the captain’s table in a prime location in the center of the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. Guest are served extra courses that you don’t get with the regular dining experience.
Sublight Lounge (Cantina)
We absolutely LOVE Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge, so I have no doubt that the Star Wars Hotel cantina will be just as amazing! Think of the cantina as the upscale lounge on the starship where guests can have a drink, and some interesting snacks too.
One of the drinks is even covered with blue shrimp!
The most intriguing part about the Galactic Starcruiser cantina so far is the live Sabacc game that guests can play. We got a look at the concept art in the picture above, and also we have an idea about what the Sabacc table looks like from this concept art:
Secret Missions & Excursion to Galaxy’s Edge
One thing to keep in mind is that while you’re staying at the Star Wars Hotel, you won’t be going to any of the regular Disney World parks. Your time is going to be concentrated on board the Galactic Starcruiser, and being totally immersed in the experience you are a part of.
That said, guests will be making one excursion down to Batuu on Galaxy’s Edge for secret missions that everyone will get to partake in. Disney is calling these “Story Moments.” Examples of these include: “Broker a deal for a heist” and “Arrange to steal a ship from the First Order” and they last roughly 20 minutes.
We don’t know exactly will be involved in these missions yet, but we do know that Galaxy’s Edge was built with this purpose specifically in mind. In fact, just walking around the streets of Galaxy’s Edge, you may have noticed a bunch of doors that are not working. Or so it appears to be…
Disney will have unique interactive elements only for Star Wars Hotel guests to partake in. That means you’ll be mingling in with the regular guests, but partaking in secret missions with your group that have a scavenger hunt-like feel to them.
Your experience changes in Galaxy’s Edge depending on the role you choose on the Galactic Starcruiser. For example, “You might be investigating that deal [the smuggling] on behalf of the First Order or you might be the person delivering the coordinates to Hondo to know where to go to get the coaxium.”
All the small details of the land will have much more meaning during the experience and there will be connections between the shop owners in the marketplace and characters on the Halcyon. “We’re able to show people things about Batuu they wouldn’t see as a day guest.”
These local shopkeepers will as you to help them, and you have to choose if you work for the light side or dark side.
Both Galactic Starcruiser and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge were in development at the same time, and the two experiences were designed to overlap.
Guests can choose how much they want to be involved in the story. If you just want to be a tourist and explore Galaxy’s Edge on your own, you are free to do so.
How big will the groups be? Will you interact with the Star Wars Characters in Galaxy’s Edge? These are all questions we’ll keep an eye on.
Riding the Attractions
We do know that all guests will have a chance to ride both Galaxy’s Edge attractions (Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run) during their visit without having to wait in line. That is a big plus not having to go through the complicated boarding pass procedure for Rise of the Resistance.
Not only will guests ride the attractions, Disney Imagineers have said that they will learn more of the back story behind the rides. For example, on Smugglers Run you will learn who is buying the coaxium you steal on that ride, and it becomes part of the larger plot of the excursion.
Transportation to and from Galaxy’s Edge
One thing we do know more about however is the way guests are going to take to get back and forth from the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser over to Galaxy’s Edge. Disney has said it “will have seamless transportation” to Galaxy’s Edge which means there won’t be a regular Disney bus taking you there, but something more.
Guests will board a transport sent by Black Spire Outpost to bring them from the Galactic Starcruiser to Galaxy’s Edge.
Here we can see the part of the plans marked Transport Area:
This is where guests will board their transport units from the Halycon starcruiser which will take them to Galaxy’s Edge. This area is marked: “Transport Hall” and it’s all the way to the southwest part of the hotel and you can even see the transport waiting to take passengers over at the bottom of the plans.
Unfortunately, there will not be any monorail or any other high-tech transportation, but it will be a bus transportation system, masked as a space shuttle. The concept art from Disney shows this a bit more:
In order to keep guests immersed in the story, the buses will be disguised as more space-style transports. Disney has just released some new concept art for what the inside of the transports to Galaxy’s Edge will look like:
Even though it will in effect be a bus, Disney has done a good job in disguising it. It looks very hi-tech!
Also, wdwnt has some drawings for what that bus will look like on the outside and inside:
While I was hoping for a more futuristic transportation method to Galaxy’s Edge, guests will get there by this supped-up bus system instead. All the windows will be the same space windows on the Halcyon, so in theory, you won’t be able to see out and know you are on a bus. There will be a bridge to pass through first, over the canal, through the Hollywood Studios parking lot, and into a back entrance of Galaxy’s Edge.
I’m a bit skeptical they will be able to pull it off and fool guests into knowing they are on a bus, but we’ll see how they do it. I thought some kind of covered, futuristic tunnel would have been a cooler idea, but as long as Disney makes it realistic, I’ll be happy.
Where will Guests be Dropped Off in Galaxy’s Edge?
The guest transport from the Star Wars Hotel will bring you through a back entrance of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which runs between the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attractions:
Here is an aerial photo showing where the drop-off point will be backstage in Galaxy’s Edge:
It’s possible that guests will have to pass through the giant door which is visible before heading into the Black Spire Marketplace to enter Galaxy’s Edge. Of course, Disney will have to make the landing area nice back there and make sure guests don’t actually see the backstage part to not break the immersion in the story.
Star Wars Hotel Price
So the million-dollar question (no pun intended) is: How much will it cost to stay at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel? One thing is for sure, it will not be cheap, in fact, the Star Wars Hotel is easily going to be the most expensive hotel on Walt Disney World property once completed.
Disney has given us some information on the entertainment, experiences, and overall setup of the resort, they have now shared how much it will cost. Due to the small size, the intimate experience, the fact that it’s all-inclusive with your meals means you’re going to have to spend some serious cash to stay here.
A 2-night, 2-day stay on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser starts at $4,809 for a 2 guest standard room. A 3 guest cabin starts at $5,299, and a 4-guest cabin starts at $5,999. Those prices are for Late August-September, the slow season at Walt Disney World.
Pricing is calculated per person, person night. The more people you have in your room, the less expensive it is per person, but the total price for the room increases.
- 2 guests starts at $1,209 per guest, per night
- 3 guests is $889 per guest, per night
- 4 guests is $749 per guest, per night
Prices are also based on the dates chosen and the type of room. That starting price at just under $5,000 per room is for a “Standard Cabin” during the value season. If you go during the holiday season, or another busier time of the year, you are going to spend significantly more than that. The same if you upgrade to a nicer room.
These final prices are very close to the rumored numbers of a 2-night stay in the Star Wars Hotel costing between $1,400 and $3,000 per person for 2 nights, with a price of $7,200 for a cabin with a family of 5.
Many Disney World Deluxe Hotels already cost upwards of $600 a night. I mean it costs $200 for a 20-minute experience in Savi’s Workshop to build a lightsaber, what did you think it would cost for 2 nights aboard a Star Wars Starcruiser?
Again, these prices are for a 2-Day, 3-Night stay package. There will be no 1-night stays available, and guests will all board and depart together, just like on a cruise.
You can’t think of at Stay on the Holcyon the same way you think of staying in a traditional Disney World hotel. Think of it like the Disney Cruise Line where all your food, drinks, and entertainment are included in one package. That’s how the Star Wars Hotel will work too.
Disney hasn’t released all of the pricing yet, so we still don’t know what the more expensive rooms will be like. Disney could still make some adjustments to the cost of staying on the Galactic Starcruiser, so we’ll keep an eye on it.
Of course, we’ll keep you updated as soon as Disney tells us more pricing info.
When is Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Opening?
So, of course, all of this sounds amazing, and probably will be the number one hotel experience in Orlando when finished. But when will the Star Wars hotel be built?
Finally, we know that the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open on March 1, 2022.
Disney’s original plan was to open it sometime in 2021. This makes sense since Disney wanted to make a big splash for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, which is on October 1, 2021.
Obviously, Disney’s original plans got changed and it has been delayed into early 2022. We’ve seen this with many projects across Walt Disney World. Since construction was temporarily shut down for 4 months, the Star Wars Hotel was delayed, then issues relating to the current health crisis made everything even more difficult.
Due to the current circumstances, we do think that is a good idea Disney is holding off a bit.
Even though some were worried about it being canceled, it was never on the list of the potential Disney attractions that are in danger of being cut. They’ve invested too heavily in the Galactic Starcruiser that there was no way the project was getting shelved.
We do wonder what the economic and health situation will be like when construction is finished and if there will be a great demand for an ultra-expensive experience like this at that point.
In our opinion, in a worst-case scenario, the current health crisis worsens in the winter, and Disney figures out there isn’t an immediate demand for the Star Wars Hotel, pushing the project back again a few months until things calm down.
We think this is highly unlikely though now that they have released an opening date. They must be pretty confident right now there is enough demand going into Spring 2022 and 99.9% sure the project will go forward.
The Star Wars Hotel is also a big factor for many when answering the question: “Should I Go to Disney World in 2021 or Wait Until 2022?” We break that down more in our post, but if the Galactic Starcruiser is high on your list of To-Do’s, then it might be worth the wait.
We’ll update you as soon as more info about the Star Wars Hotel opening date comes out.
Star Wars Hotel Reservations
Now that we know the opening date for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, you’re now going to have to deal with the challenge of actually getting reservations. If you thought making reservations for Oga’s Cantina or Be Our Guest was difficult, that’s not going to be anywhere close to how hard it will be to book a stay at the Star Wars Hotel.
Since the hotel will only have around 100 guest rooms and each stay is 2 nights long, that means there will only be about 1500 rooms available per month. Even at sky-high prices, those rooms are going to be booked solid for months, if not years out.
We cover this info in our complete guide to booking the Star Wars hotel but we have some of the basics here below.
When will Star Wars Hotel Take Reservations?
Right now Disney has announced that the Galactic Starcruiser is opening up on March 1, 2022, and that reservations are available for booking starting October 28, 2021.
Originally Disney had announced it would open sometime in 2021 and that reservations would be available for booking later in 2020.
That of course never happened.
With Disney just making the announcement, that means potential guests only have less than one month to decide if they are going, and it’s only 5 months before the opening date in March. That’s not a ton of time, especially considering the high financial cost associated with a stay here.
Walt Disney World allows hotel-only room booking 499 days out of the planned stay, which is way beyond our timeframe. Once reservations are open, Disney will likely follow the same 499-day booking window for the Star Wars hotel moving forward, so if you aren’t in a rush to go right at opening, you will have much more time to plan ahead.
My guess is in the next week or so we will start hearing more about the reservation process and how it works.
Right now, for making reservations in the first weeks and months, the less time they give, the fewer people will be able to come, which might help calm the frenzy that will be the reservation process once it arrives.
How the Process Works
Honestly, we don’t have a clue about how Disney plans to take on this giant task of giving people a fair opportunity to book a room. It’s going to be extremely limited and there will be countless disappointed fans.
The fairest way would be a lottery system like they did for Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, but time will tell if they decide that way or come up with something else.
Will there be a Reservation Waiting List?
It’s entirely possible that the demand is so high for the Star Wars Hotel that there will be a waiting list to get a reservation. How would Disney control that though?
Seeing the high price point per night, there would have to be some kind of verification that people putting their name on the list are actually going to pay that price and not take someone else’s spot and back out at the last minute
Maybe Disney will initiate a lottery system for Galactic Starcruiser as it did with the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Everyone logs onto the internet at the same time and guests are randomly selected to book a room. You then could give your credit card with a non-refundable down payment in order to secure a room?
I don’t know exactly how they are going to do it, but it’s going to be mad chaos when the booking for Star Wars Hotel finally does open up.
You might want to try booking during one of the least-crowded times of the year for a better chance. Check out our Disney World Crowd Tracker to help figure out the least crowded times.
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You can also go to the official starwarsgalacticstarcruiser.com website for more updates.
Will Disney Require the Vaccine for Guests?
Disney has not yet commented about if they will require guests to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to stay at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel.
We do think it’s possible they will require guests to get the vaccine since it is mandatory on the Disney Cruise Line at this time. Since the Star Wars Hotel is much like a cruise experience in a closed space, it would make sense if Disney is considering it.
We’ll update you more soon as they should be making that information known before the booking window opens on October 28 if it will be required.
What to Pack for the Galactic Starcruiser
The BASICS are as follows:
- 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
ATTIRE includes the following:
- 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 (to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios)
Keep in mind that most of the experience will take place indoors, on the Galactic Starcruiser. That means there will be air conditioning so if you get cold easily, bring a long sleeve shirt or light sweater. On the other hand, you will be mostly outdoors during your excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and that means to dress according to the Florida climate.
How Will This Affect your Stay in WDW?
Now if you’re lucky enough to get a reservation and be able to stay in the Star Wars Hotel, this is going to completely change the way you and your family plan a Walt Disney World vacation and the experience you will have once there.
Here are some things to think about and some tips in planning your trip:
You might want to book a value resort for part of your trip – Since the Star Wars Hotel is going to no doubt be very expensive, you might not have it in the budget to stay there, plus a Deluxe resort.
If you can stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, plus the Grand Floridian, then more power to you, but finding a value resort like one of the All-Stars for part of your trip might help you to make up some of the difference you’ll be spending at the Star Wars Hotel.
Not as much time for the parks – During your experience in the Star Wars Hotel, you won’t be going to any of the parks (except for special missions to Galaxy’s Edge. That means you will be losing 2 days which might usually be park days.
You either are going to have to book a longer stay than normal, or just be ok with the fact that during this trip you might not get to all the parks or do everything there you normally would.
Take a couple of days to relax – All the experiences on the Galactic Starcruiser sound awesome, but they also sound super tiring, and that guests will have a packed schedule. So at least for a day or two during the rest of your Walt Disney World stay, you might want to chill by the pool for a bit and catch some sleep to recover!
One of the cool things about this project is that we have been able to follow its construction from inception right down to the latest updates. The land for the project has been cleared and the construction of the whole building structure is basically complete.
Construction was temporarily stopped on the Star Wars hotel for approximately 4 months while Walt Disney World was closed. Crews have since started working again on the project and were recently seen painting the outside of the building.
Of course, even though much of the outside is done, there is still tons of work on the inside, but it’s awesome to see the Star Wars Hotel construction getting near completion.
For more info and to see the latest updates, check out our Star Wars Hotel Construction page which we update regularly with new photos from the project.
Is there a Star Wars Hotel Coming to Disneyland?
I know there is a Galaxy’s Edge on the west coast, so the natural question is if a Star Wars Hotel is also coming to Disneyland? Unfortunately as of now, there are no plans for a Star Wars-themed hotel to be built in or near Disneyland.
The biggest problem there is the lack of space to build one. They already had a hard enough time finding the land to build Galaxy’s Edge, let alone adding a hotel on top of it. I don’t think we will see a version of the Star Wars Hotel in Disneyland for quite some time, if ever.
Yes, Disney is currently building a Star War-themed Hotel in Walt Disney World, near Hollywood Studios.
No, as of now the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is still under construction and is not open at this time. It is opening on March 1, 2022.
Reservations will be available on October 28, 2021. Stay tuned for more updates.
Vacation Packages for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel are for 2-Nights and 2-Days. There are no 1-Night stays and no stays longer than 2 nights. Guests will all start and finish their journey together, just like on a cruise.
There will be Star Wars characters everywhere onboard the Galactic Starcruiser, but there will likely not be any traditional meet and greets. Instead, the characters will be walking around, and fully immersed in the story. This will provide for a more immersive/organic situation.
Yes. Guests will have the opportunity to dress up as much as they want to and come in a full Star Wars costume, including Jedi robes. If you want to wear clothing from Earth, you are free to do so as well.
How much or how little guests want to immerse themselves in the experience is completely up to you. There are many activities and experiences at the Star Wars Hotel and guests can choose which ones they want to participate in, or they can be complete observers.
Smoking is not allowing indoors at Walt Disney World. There are designated smoking areas outside the theme parks and hotels. We are not sure how this will work on the Galactic Starcruiser since leaving the hotel to smoke would break the immersiveness of the experience. Perhaps there will be some kind of space smoking area?
We are unsure how this will work and how many restrictions Disney will put in place for guests. At normal Disney hotels and on cruises there are no restrictions and guests are free to roam about at any hour of the night. We’ll wait for confirmation if that is possible here.
Disney hasn’t commented on this yet, but the answer is clearly no. With guests having to shell out thousands of dollars per visit, Disney is not going to allow non-paying guests to board and explore the hotel like you can do at the other Disney Resorts.
That wraps up our look at the Galactic Starcruiser and everything we know about the Star Wars Hotel. There are sure to be plenty of updates about the project in the coming months so stay tuned to Ziggy Knows Disney as we bring you the latest news about the Star Wars Hotel.
We also will be bringing you more info about the newest Disney attractions coming to the parks, so read that guide for more!
I want to know what you think about the Star Wars Hotel coming to Walt Disney World…
- Are you looking forward to this new resort?
- Which part of the experience sounds the best?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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