A Star Wars Hotel is coming to Disney World! Guests at the completely immersive Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will “board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them” when it opens in Spring 2022!
The experience will be unlike any other Disney destination anywhere. In fact, Disney says of the Galactic Starcruiser, “This isn’t storytelling – it’s storyliving, where you’ll see, feel and live Star Wars in a whole new way.”
This all-new Resort experience will offer a two-day, two-night itinerary, meaning that guests will arrive and depart in the same time block (similar to a cruise). A wide range of activities and dining experiences in an immersive environment “on a galaxy far, far away” will make this an experience like no other!
Disney has described the Galatic Starcruiser as: “part live immersive theater, part themed environment, part culinary extravaganza, part real-life role-playing game—and yet so much more.”
So, how does one board a Starcruiser, exactly? Read on…
Boarding The Halcyon
Guests will become citizens of the galaxy immediately upon entry (and will be invited to dress the part). First stop? It’s check-in at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal!
Guests will then enter a Launch Pod which will bring them straight into space where they will dock at the Starcruiser, the Halcyon of the Chandrila Star Line, known for its fleet of glamourous starcruisers of which the Halcyon is the jewel.
Guests will even see the Halcyon — a 100-cabin Corellian MPO-1400 model starcruiser — through viewports as they approach!
Your journey will officially begin as you board the Halcyon which is “known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations,” and a muster will share what guests are about to see and experience.
Once onboard, guests will stay in “well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and more,” and from there, the “broader galactic story unfolds.”
You see, not all is quiet in the greater galaxy, due to “unrest in certain parts” — not to mention unrest between the First Order and the Resistance…
But don’t you worry about that, just now. Let’s EXPLORE!!
Experiences and Itinerary Aboard the Halcyon
During your stay aboard the spaceship, there will be opportunities to train with a lightsaber, interact with your favorite characters (and encounter new ones), and operate the ship’s defense systems!
Passengers will gather — along with member’s of The Halcyon’s crew — in The Atrium. You may even spot a familiar face or two from a galaxy (that’s no longer!) far, far away…
A visit to The Bridge will give passengers the chance to navigate the Halcyon and operate its controls and defense systems (with guidance from the crew, of course).
The Disney World website even shares that the skills you gain from the crew “may even come in handy should critical situations arise later in your voyage!”
You may even be able to sneak into the Engineering Room — typically reserved for The Halcyon’s crew only — and see for yourself how the ship works… IF you can FIND IT, that is!
Oh, and if you’ve ever dreamed of wielding a LIGHTSABER (and who hasn’t?!?), the Galactic Starcruiser will give its passengers the opportunity to train with one! Please Note: Guests must be at least 7 years old to participate in the Lightsaber Training activity.
Speaking of Lightsabers… Disney announced that guests who experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be the first to see the new type of lightsaber created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development in action. But you can get your first glimpse in the video that Disney provided below!
Find out about the brand NEW Lightsaber that guests at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will see FIRST!
Disney has provided a Sample Itinerary showing when passengers might experience the various activities. (Simply click the image below to enlarge.) As you will see, the experience will include “Story Moments.” This means that depending on who you meet and interact with, your Star Wars story may change!
Guests should plan to arrive in the afternoon between 1PM and 4PM, and will depart early on Day 3 around 10AM. The excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled for the second day of the journey. (There will be designated times for guests to ride the two attractions in Galaxy’s Edge: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.)
Additional items on the itinerary include Sabacc lessons and a Tournament, a Captain’s Reception, a Droid Racing Competition and a one-hour “spectacular finale” before you head back to earth!
Passengers aboard the Starcruiser will also have access to unique features in the Star Wars: Datapad (available through the Play Disney Parks app) to check the itinerary and even receive communications from the crew (and make your own choices and allegiances)! (Note that your personal itinerary will be available in the Datapad 30 days prior to your departure date.)
YOUR Story Aboard the Halcyon
Once you board the Halcyon, you’ll have decisions to make. What kind of Star Wars story do YOU want to live out? Are you going to channel your inner Dark Side by assisting the First Order or perhaps join the Resistance? You might help smuggle characters onto the ship (or perhaps become one yourself), gain the trust of characters to help them with missions, and discover hidden areas of the starcruiser! You might even choose to change your own path by switching your allegiance during your experience!
Or perhaps you will “follow your connection to the Force.”
While many of these opportunities may come to you through your in-person interactions with characters, they will also present themselves through your Star Wars: Datapad available via the Play Disney Parks app. This will allow you receive messages and make choices that will have an effect on your adventure.
(So, you’ll want to download the Play Disney Parks app — in addition to the My Disney Experience app — BEFORE your arrival aboard the Halcyon!)
But what if you’d prefer to experience everything without having to participate in the more interactive elements?
Disney will allow you to hop in and out of the story as you want to. The company stated: “You can be as casual about this as you want or dive as deeply as you want to” and “There is no wrong way to experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser!” Whatever matches your comfort level and desires is what YOU will be able to experience.
Guests will be able to immerse themselves in a Star Wars world unlike anything we’ve seen before. And this even includes costumes, as passengers are welcome to “don your galactic best.”
Though not required, passengers may wear their “galactic favorites” like Jedi robes. In fact, the Outer Rim Regalia will offer participants the chance to show off their galactic gear! However, as with the participatory elements mentioned above, passengers may simply wear clothing from earth, if preferred.
Star Wars Characters
Yes, Rey will be aboard the Halcyon with you, along with other familiar characters as well as new ones!
You may also encounter the Starcruiser’s “strong and charismatic captain, a plucky ship’s mechanic,” and more, including the Twi’lek entertainer at the Crown of Corellia Dining Room.
In fact, some of the characters may need YOUR help on secret missions! Though others may NOT have your best interests at heart, so beware…
Galactic Starcruiser Dining
Crown of Corellia Dining Room
Welcome to the Crown of Corellia Dining Room! On the first evening, guests will be entertained by a Twi’lek galactic superstar in this intriguing supper club named after Corellia — the planet that delivered not only the Halcyon to the galaxy, but also the Millennium Falcon!
Dinner on the second evening offers The Taste Around the Galaxy! Through group appetizers served to the table, choice of entree, and a specialty plated dessert, guests will enjoy “courses inspired by the geography and environments of iconic destination planets throughout the galaxy.”
The Crown of Corellia Dining Room will also offer an exclusive dining experience: the Captain’s Table. (While meals are included as part of your stay, the Captain’s Table will require an additional fee.)
The Captain’s Table will be set directly in the center of the Crown of Corellia Dining Room for “an especially memorable dinner experience” which will also include extra courses — featuring the Captain’s favorite dishes! — for the meal.
Passengers aboard the Halcyon will enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room during the day, with choices ranging from intergalactic fare to favorites from earth.
Lunch will offer choices of small bites like sandwiches, soups, mini flatbreads, salads, and sweet bites.
According to the Disney World website, guests are “likely to be seated at a table with other Guests in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. If you add on the Captain’s Table experience, you will be seated with other Guests.”
In July 2021, Disney provided a look at some of the Food and Beverage items coming straight from a galaxy far far away!
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.”
While Disney did not name the dishes specifically, members of Disney Imagineering shared that the chefs working on the menus have “taken such ownership of the Star Wars storytelling.”
Say, for example, there may be an item inspired by Mustafar (a planet known for heat and lava).
And what about space sips? Let’s check it out…
The Sublight Lounge
And guests of all ages can look forward to sipping on Star Wars beverages in The Sublight Lounge! Perhaps you’ll enjoy a game of holo-Sabacc at the Sabacc Table, while you’re at it!
While we don’t know exactly what this drink below is called or concocted out of, I guess this is the Galactic Starcuiser version of a “shrimp cocktail.”
(See what I did there 😉 ? )
Galactic Starcruiser Shopping
The Galactic Starcruiser will house a “stylish boutique,” by the name of The Chandrila Collection! This is where guests may purchase “galactic attire,” if they so wish!
Now, that we’ve chatted about what’s on board the Halcyon, let’s chat about what’s OUTSIDE…
The Excursion to Batuu
As mentioned above, guests will “make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu” by way of a transport pod sent by Black Spire Outpost.
Batuu is the planet guests set foot upon when they enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (so dedicated time in the land is included in the stay)!
More than simply enjoying the rides, however, Disney Imagineers have shared that the attractions will play into the larger story that guests are part of. For example, guests will learn more of the backstory to the smuggling going on at Smuggler’s Run including information on who the buyer is for the coaxium that you’re stealing on the ride.
Guests can have different experiences in the park, depending on what their chosen role is on the Galactic Starcruiser. According to the Imagineers, “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.”
Cast Members at Batuu could play a role as well, with guests interacting with them to learn more information and complete their missions!
There will be allies to find, and Imagineers mentioned scavenger hunts happening in Galaxy’s Edge as part of that experience as well. Imagineers said that the stories happening on the Galactic Starcruiser were “designed to intersect with the stories going on at Galaxy’s Edge when both were in development at the same time.”
Galaxy’s Edge will be a stop for guests onboard the Galactic Starcruiser to continue their stories, or they can choose to be a tourist for the day at Black Spire Outpost and relax and enjoy their time exploring Batuu.
Accommodations — Passenger Cabins and Suites
All passenger cabins will feature a view of space offering glimpses at other ships in the galaxy!
In November 2020, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, shared another look at the guest rooms with two mockups! You can take a deeper dive into the details here.
And in early 2021, Jeff Vahle, the President of Walt Disney World Resort, posted a few photos of the guest rooms in progress, offering a true first look INSIDE the cabins!
There will be three options for hotel rooms on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser — the Standard Cabin, the Galaxy Class Suite, and the Grand Captain Suite.
A Standard Cabin room will sleep four to five adults, with one Queen bed, two bunk beds (that fit one adult each) and a pull-down bed that also sleeps one adult. It also features a window with a view of space.
The Standard Cabin will have a pull-out table and chairs, and an interactive TV. (Disney has said that the TV also has “entertainment from your home planet.”)
Additional amenities include a mini-refrigerator, a hairdryer, an in-cabin safe, a phone with voicemail messaging, and H2O Plus toiletries.
Galaxy Class Suite
The Galaxy Class Suites are one-bedroom suites with an “integrated seating area.” The rooms sleep four people with a Queen bed and two pull-down beds that fit one adult each.
These suites will offer a double vanity bathroom, a bar area, and two windows with outer-space views.
Disney shared that the Suites have “a few extra Star Wars surprises,” which have yet to be revealed!
Galaxy Class Suites have the same amenities as the Standard Cabin, including a mini-refrigerator, a hairdryer, an in-cabin safe, a phone with voicemail messaging, an interactive TV, and H2O Plus toiletries.
Grand Captain Suite
The Grand Captain’s Suites feature two bedrooms with a “posh living space” that also offers a seating area. The Grand Captain Suite sleeps eight people, with two Queen beds, two bunk beds (one adult in each), and two pull-down beds (one adult in each).
There is a double-vanity bathroom, a second bathroom with a single vanity, a bar area, and three windows for viewing outer space. (Disney also mentioned some extra Star Wars surprises in these suites, as well!)
Amenities likewise include a mini-refrigerator, a hairdryer, an in-cabin safe, a phone with voicemail messaging, an interactive TV, and H2O Plus toiletries.
Galactic Starcruiser Inclusions
Disney has provided the list of what is included in the price of a stay at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser:
- 2-nights in a cabin or suite
- Ongoing, immersive, and interactive entertainment, which you can choose to participate in
- Food and drinks aboard 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 the excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Valet parking
- Exclusive Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser databand (AKA a MagicBand)
Disney also notes that for guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel before or after their stay aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, transportation to or from their Disney Resort hotel is also included.
Opening Year and Reservations
Originally, the Starcruiser was announced for a 2021 opening. However, construction was paused on many projects around Walt Disney World due the Resort’s temporary closure in response to the global health situation, and Disney has since announced that the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will open in Spring 2022!
Please note that bookings are not yet available, and will share updated information regarding when reservations will open as soon as it is announced!
While we are awaiting further pricing information, Disney has revealed sample Standard Cabin Rates for the Starcruiser.
The rates will depend on your departure date, the number of guests in your cabin, and the type of cabin you choose. Prices, as presented in Disney’s graphic above, start from:
- 2 guests per cabin at $1,209 per guest, per night, or $4,809 total for the voyage
- 3 guests per cabin at $889 per guest, per night, or $5,299 total for the voyage
- 4 guests per cabin at $749 per guest, per night or $5,999 total for the voyage
Galactic Starcruiser Packing List
Wondering what to bring aboard a Starcruiser? Disney has provided a handy packing list for the voyage! While it includes many of the same things you’ll see on a regular packing list for a Disney World vacation, there are definitely some Star Wars extras, so make some room in your space bags!
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
Bearing in mind that much of your excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will take place outdoors, recommendations for ATTIRE include 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)
Galactic Starcruiser Terminal Location
As mentioned above, passengers will start their journey at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Terminal:
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Terminal
201 South Studio Drive
Bay Lake, Florida 32830
You can see the orientation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios above. (The Galactic Starcruiser Terminal is located on the south side of Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive, offering a seamless connection to Galaxy’s Edge.)
PLEASE NOTE: Only registered guests for the Galactic Starcruiser are allowed to visit the Terminal or enter the Galactic Starcruiser.
A Sneak Peek
In celebration of Star Wars Day (that’s May the 4th!!), a model of the Halcyon — the Galactic Starcruiser made its debut in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney Presents: One Man’s Dream attraction in the park.
If you happen to miss the display, you can take a complete photo tour here!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser — “Behind the Scenes”
In July 2021, Disney released the video below, where Disney Imagineers gather to discuss Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser!
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am interested in booking Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, how should I prepare?
Disney advises that guests calling to reserve the Galactic Starcruiser should have the following information handy:
- Voyage date preferences (including alternates, as availability may be limited)
- Number of people in your party
- Names and ages of all people in your party, including any infants
- Address and phone number for all people in your party
- Preference for first or second dinner seating
- Any additional activities you would like to reserve (some additional activities may not be available yet when you call)
- Any desired dates for Disney Resort hotel reservations before or after your Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyage (Disney also notes that for guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel before or after their stay aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, transportation to or from their Disney Resort hotel is also included.)
What other ways should I prepare for my stay?
Guests should download BOTH the Play Disney Parks app and the My Disney Experience app BEFORE your arrival! Guests will use these apps to view itineraries and receive communications aboard the Starcruiser.
Will I be able to swim at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
No; the Galactic Starcruiser will not have a pool.
If I am not staying aboard the Galactic Starcruiser, may I make dining reservations to eat there or in any way visit as a day guest?
No. Disney has specified that “Only registered Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Guests are permitted to visit the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Terminal or board the starcruiser.”
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