Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser, the Star Wars-themed immersive overnight experience coming to Disney World, promises to be a “resort” unlike anything we’ve experienced before!
While you may find folks referring to this one-of-a-kind destination as the “Star Wars hotel,” it’s far from your traditional Disney World hotel stay (or any hotel stay, for that matter!). But there’s a pretty big problem guests at this hotel could face once it opens we haven’t been talking about.
What exactly IS Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser?
Since it was first announced, Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser has been a highly-anticipated immersive experience unlike anything we’ve seen at Disney World before! This two-night “excursion” in a galaxy far, far away is filled with unique dining, characters, entertainment, and oh yeah…lightsabers.
The cabins that guests will sleep in come with picturesque views of not Central Florida, but of outer space, giving you the feeling that you truly ARE “out of this world,” light-years away from Disney World.
Since it’s a set two-night itinerary (much like what you would experience when you go on a cruise), all of the guests will “arrive” and “depart” at the same time. During your two-night stay, you have a scheduled stop at Batuu, otherwise known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (we suppose it’ll be up to you if you want to break the Star Wars illusion and check out Slinky Dog Dash or other parts of the park!). So, you do have a little bit of time in a theme park included in your stay!
But we aren’t just here today to review all of the incredible features and activities coming to the Galactic Starcruiser. We need to talk about one MAJOR detail that isn’t often discussed, and it has to do with what the Halcyon is NOT.
What is Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser NOT?
When you pause and think about it, the Halcyon is not really a “hotel” at all in the traditional sense, meaning it’s not like ANY of the other hotels you can stay at when you visit Disney World. In fact, as far as you’ll experience aboard…you’re not even IN Disney World. (You’re in space, OBV!)
We aren’t just talking about its unique and immersive experience that sets it apart — with this being a FULL 2-day experience with an itinerary, the Halcyon is not a hotel that you can leave in the morning to hop on a bus and head to Magic Kingdom. For better or for worse, you’re “trapped” aboard the Halcyon during your two-night stay.
While there will likely be plenty to do to fill your time aboard the Halcyon, it’s VERY important to know that for the two nights you’re on board, this will be your entire Disney World experience. You will eat, breathe, and sleep Star Wars. If the idea of basically being trapped indoors with zero visibility to the outdoors — or the rest of Disney World — isn’t appealing to you, you might want to steer clear.
What do you need to keep in mind if you want to stay aboard Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser?
Star Wars fans of all ages will be curious to see exactly what the Halcyon has in store! If you want to experience really anything beyond the Halcyon when you’re visiting Disney World (which we’re sure you do!), you’ll want to treat this experience like a Disney Cruise Line “land and sea” vacation.
Meaning, you’ll want to consider your stay at the Halcyon as a fun add-on, but totally separate from your typical week in Disney World.
This could mean that your vacation budget will look different than it normally does. Disney has not shared what the total cost will be for a stay on the Halcyon, but we’re anticipating major dollar signs for this multi-day experience. This means you could potentially be almost doubling your vacation budget to experience both the Star Wars Hotel AND a “normal” hotel with theme park tickets, dining, and all the other stuff a normal trip entails.
It may be tricky to explain exactly what this hotel experience is like to little kids, so give them a brief rundown before you leave home so they can start to understand that they aren’t going to be staying at a “hotel,” per se. More importantly — they won’t be able to do all the other appealing Disney World stuff. Don’t expect many of those traditional hotel amenities either — this potentially means pools and other standard Disney hotel goodies (Disney hasn’t shared anything if a pool will be included in the hotel).
So if you choose to stay here, just keep in mind you’ll be likely shelling out a LOT of dough to be essentially trapped in a windowless building for two days that in no way, shape, or form is supposed to be Disney World. Not as far as the “story” on board, at least. So if you’ve got kiddos begging to see Cinderella Castle or looking to see Mickey, it could be tough to explain to them they simply can’t. Not on that leg of their trip, at least. Yet still, this sounds like a dream for interested guests. We’re intrigued to check it out for sure!
Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser is set to open sometime in 2022, so we still have until next year to wrap our heads around what this one-of-a-kind overnight experience is going to be like! Be sure to follow along for all of the exciting updates as we cover the latest news from Star Wars – Galactic Starcruiser!
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