Star Wars fans, get ready to add Disney’s new hotel to your bucket list – and there’s no need to head to a galaxy far, far away.
Instead, you’ll want to bookmark a trip to Walt Disney World, Orlando, in 2022, which is opening a brand new Star Wars themed hotel. But it’s not just the decor and character meet and greets that make this an exciting launch – the entire stay will be a fully immersive experience.
Guests at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will get to be part of the story, interacting with characters as they explore the ship, complete with a mission to the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
Disney has already shared a glimpse of what will be on offer with artists’ impressions of the hotel, but it’s now also revealed some extra details such as clever decor tricks to make you feel like you’re in space, as well as further details on the dining experiences on offer, and a general overview of what we can expect from the experience.
We take a look at everything we know so far….
The immersive experience
Guests who book into Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will enjoy a two-day, two-night immersive experience.
The idea is that you’re staying on the Halcyon Starcruiser (think a luxury cruise holiday, only it’s set in space).
Guests can interact with characters, crew and other passengers – and their choices will determine how their own adventure plays out, so no two stays will be the same.
The experience starts when you check in at Walt Disney World’s dedicated Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser terminal. You’ll enter a Launch Pod which jumps into hyperspace, and the ‘windows’ offer a look out to the galaxy as you approach the starcruiser.
From here, guests will immediately step out into the ship’s main deck Atrium… and the experience begins.
Make sure to keep an eye out for iconic characters such as Rey, who’ll be wandering around wielding a brand new, realistic lightsaber designed by the Imagineers.
There are heaps of fun activities, but highlights have to be the lightsaber training you can take on, complete with a ‘training remote’ you battle, as well as a trip to the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn how to operate the ship’s systems. (According to Walt Disney World, these skills “may come in handy during a journey through this adventure-filled galaxy”).
Oh, and of course the stay includes a trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in dedicated transports, where you can also immerse yourself in the world of Planet Batuu including getting a chance to pilot the Millenium Falcon itself in an action-packed ride.
Walt Disney World previously offered a sneak peek inside the rooms, which are decked out to look just like a space ship cabin. (There’s even an orange and white colour scheme that could be a tribute to the iconic outfits worn by fighter pilots in the Star Wars films).
The rooms boast an large double bed for parents, while little adventurers will no doubt love the themed bunk beds that are built into the wall, with artwork of panels which could be so kids can pretend they are controlling the ship.
A pretty cool feature is that every ‘window’ in the starcruiser, including those in your room, will offer a ‘galaxy view’ with changing vistas as the ship progresses from destination to destination.
The Crown of the Corellia Dining Room is where guests will find their main meals, with breakfast and lunch on offer in the huge hall.
Come evening time, the menu will become a lavish multi-course affair, and although we don’t know too much about the exact dishes yet, Disney has promised meals “of both otherworldly and familiar origins”.
For one night of their stay, guests will get to enjoy dinner with a “live performance from a galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room with the crook of her jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger”.
Star Wars fans may also recognise the nod in the dining room’s name, with Corellia being the planet known for its shipyards – which also happens to be where the famed Millennium Falcon was built.
When does it open?
It’s been (light)years in the making, but with the impact of the Covid pandemic, the opening of the hotel has been delayed. Originally due to open this year, it’s now been pushed back to 2022, although Walt Disney World has not yet confirmed an exact opening date.
You can find out more and get updates on starwarsgalacticstarcruiser.com.
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