While the House of Mouse hasn’t yet revealed how much it’ll cost to stay at the hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the two-day, two-night all-immersive experience promises to take travelers “to a galaxy far, far away in a way that only Disney could create.” In a video accompanying the reservations announcement, Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, promises, “You’re going to be a part of a story, and live out your own Star Wars experience.”
Johnson explains in the video that the stay at the Galactic Starcuiser begins at a “small, private cruise terminal.” From there, guests will enter a launch pod simulating a blast-off into space and rocket to the Halcyon cruiser. The entrance to the Halcyon’s bustling atrium looks to be the grand reveal of the adventure and will be populated by a diversity of colorful characters. Johnson also says the cabins, which will include traditional beds as well as bunks similar to the ones on the Millennium Falcon, will sleep up to five — and every cabin will feature a window looking out into space.
While Jedi training has previously been reserved for younglings at Disney, Galactic Starcruiser will also offer adults the chance to wield a lightsaber against a training remote. Every guest will be given a tour of the ship’s bridge to learn about the navigation and weapons systems, which will later pay off in a larger mission. Previously, Disney has teased an epic space battle that will be seen from the bridge, and presumably require passenger assistance.
An exclusive transport — in reality, a heavily modified transport bus — will also take guests on an excursion to Batuu, the setting of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
While not mentioned in the latest release, there will also be the all-ages Silver C Lounge for drinks and games. Additionally, the ship will have an Engineering Room that some passengers will have to sneak into for part of their personalized mission. Concept art of a dinner show restaurant has also been making the rounds.
If the experience is truly to be this immersive, with passenger actions and interactions affecting their individual adventures, it will be interesting to see how Disney cast members track guests. Also, how will that storyline then play out on Batuu?
Since the Galactic Starcruiser won’t take off until 2021, there is still plenty of time for Disney to reveal much more about the theme park endeavor. In the meantime, it might be worth smuggling rathtars to save up the credits for this adventure.
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