Disney has released photos of its much-anticipated “Star Wars”-themed Galactic Starcruiser resort, which is slated to open next year at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
This one-of-a-kind resort experience promises ultra-deep immersion into the “Star Wars” universe.
Expect a cruise-like experience, where guests arrive and depart together at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal, and live aboard the mythical Halcyon for a two-day, two-night immersive stay. While onboard, guests will stay in ship-like cabins, experience onboard dining and interact with role-playing cast and crew members. Every window in the starcruiser offers ever-changing views of the galaxy as the ship progresses from place to place.
With this new project, Disney further cements its bona fides as the master of suspending belief through the magic of simulation technology. “You will be invited to enter a Launch Pod for transport into space,” according to the Disney Parks blog. “Through windows above, you’ll see yourself leave the real world behind as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.” After docking with the Halcyon, the pod’s airlock opens with a whoosh and you will step into the ship’s main deck atrium.
Not everyone will share the same experience onboard the Halcyon ship. Guests can essentially choose their own adventure depending on decisions they make during their stay. That may include wielding a lightsaber, touring the starship’s bridge and taking a planet excursion to Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.
“Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a completely new type of experience,” wrote Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, in a blog post earlier this year. “You’re going to live onboard a star cruiser, and you can get wrapped up in the larger Star Wars story.”
Even with the delays and closures during the Covid-19 pandemic, Disney remains eager to debut the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience in 2021.
“Our industry is hurting,” Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro said in his virtual keynote address earlier this week at an event organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. “It’s hurting from the presence of Covid-19 in our communities. But unlike some industries impacted by the pandemic, our industry is here to stay and it’s here to grow.”