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NOTE: This was the original plan, as announced by Disney.

  • The Star Wars Hotel would begin taking guests in 2021.
  • Reservations would open up later in 2020.

UPDATE: Events in 2020 will likely require a change of plans. However, construction continues on the Star Wars Hotel, and Disney's CFO has confirmed the project remains a high priority. This is positive news for the prospects of Galactic Starcruiser opening sometime soon.


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Disney has announced they will be opening a Star Wars-themed hotel in Walt Disney World in Orlando.

It will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

It is scheduled to open in 2021.

This page will be the most comprehensive listing of news reports, rumors, and updates about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the new Star Wars resort.

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What We Know Now About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser


What is Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

Disney is working on a new Star Wars-themed luxury resort. What makes this resort unique from all of the others is that guests will be completely immersed in the story, interacting with the characters and really stepping into the Star Wars universe.

Guests become passengers aboard the Halcyon, a starship in the Star Wars universe, and become a part of the story, engaging and interacting with characters in a story that takes place over the duration of their two-night, three day stay.

Star Wars Hotel Atrium

Bob Chapek Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announces Star Wars Hotel
We are working on our most experiential concept ever. Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (July 15, 2017)
What does Star Wars "immersion" mean?

Here's what we know currently:

  • Guests will check in for a 2-night, 3 day stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser where the story will unfold over those three days.
  • Guests will all board together and disembark together, like a cruise ship experience.
  • Guests will "leave earth" and board a starship to voyage the galaxy.
  • During the voyage, guests will encounter characters, stories and adventures that unfold all around them.
  • Each guest will be an active citizen of the Star Wars realm and live in a way that reflects that universe. This includes dressing in Star Wars themed attire.
  • Every window will have a view of space.
Where will it be located?

It will be part of Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida. It will be located on the south side of Disney's Hollywood Studios, east of World Drive.

Will it be like other Disney hotels?

Disney is no stranger to creating themed resort experiences, such as their Aulani hotel in Hawaii. However, this project is to be completely immersive, meaning guests are considered characters in a plot and are invited to act those roles during their time at the hotel.

It will also be different because there is no flexibility in how long guests can remain in the resort. It is a set two-night, three-day stay because that is how long it takes for the interactive story to play out.

 concept art for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel in Disney World

When will Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser be completed?

No exact opening date or timeline has been officially provided by Disney.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new section of Hollywood Studios park opened in the fall of 2019.

The Star Wars hotel opening date will not be at exact same time but will be shortly thereafter, in the year 2021. The year has been officially announced, but not an exact date.

If you can't wait until Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opens up, the Star Wars Day at Sea is an immersive intergalactic experience aboard a cruise ship. Learn more about how you can interact with the characters and experience limited-time Star Wars shows and celebrations by reading our guide to Star Wars Disney Cruises.

What happens during a stay on the Star Wars hotel?

You will check in at a "terminal" at Disney World, where you will be transported with all other guests to the intergalactic starcruiser called the Halcyon. 

Travel to the Halcyon will take place via a Launch Pod, where you'll watch the real world disappear as you make the jump to hyperspace en route to the ship.

Each "launch pod" will be a heavily modified bus, where you'll never see the driver.

You'll enter the Halcyon via airlock and step into the main deck atrium. I expect this experience to feel similar to entering a Disney Cruise ship for the first time.

The Halycon is expected to be a luxury starship and for the price, I would expect absolutely incredible service.

You'll check into your well-appointed cabin and enjoy "out of this world" dining.

All the while, you become part of a story that takes place over the full duration of your stay.

Interact with Star Wars Characters
It’s too early to say exactly how these interactions will go but we know you will run into a variety of famous Star Wars characters such as Rey and Chewbacca.

Activities
The Halcyon will “make a stop” at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu (aka Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios).

Additionally, you’ll be trained in the ways of the Force, learning how to wield a lightsaber successfully. And you can expect to visit the Bridge of the ship where you’ll learn how to navigate and/or defend the Halcyon in case of an attack.

Light Saber Training on Star Wars Galactic Cruiser

Source: Disney

Discover Secrets
You will be able to poke around the Halcyon and during the process you might discover "hidden spaces deep in the mechanics of the ship". I'm not sure yet what purpose these will have, but color me intrigued!

Choose Your Own Adventure
The choices you make during your stay will dictate additional events that transpire as your personal adventure goes along.

How will you get to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

Official permits clearly outline a designated area for shuttle parking. It is speculation at this point but these shuttles could be themed as transports in the Star Wars universe, keeping guests fully engulfed in the theme and storytelling experience.

There doesn't seem to be any obvious self-parking, so we're expecting valet parking to be the norm.

How many rooms will Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser have?

Initial blueprints show the first floor of the hotel having 34 "cabins", with two of these being labeled as "First Class" and seem to be twice the size of the standard room.

We don't know yet how tall the hotel will be, but there is speculation that it will only be two stories. If that is the case, that provide approximately 68 hotel rooms.

This is very very small compared to other Disney resorts that feature 2000 rooms or more.

If this is the case, reservations are going to be hard to come by and the price will likely be "out of this world."


Timeline of Events

September 15, 2020: Windows on Outside of Hotel?

Windows are seen in this Twitter photo from @bioreconstruct:

[Source: Inside the Magic]
September 11, 2020: Star Wars Hotel is Still a High Priority

Disney CFO confirmed that Galactic Starcruiser hotel is still a priority investment for the company.

“We've really prioritized some of our investment spending. The ones that we're really focused on are things like the 'Star Wars' hotel that we've discussed publicly that will be in Walt Disney World. That's a priority,” Christine McCarthy said.

[Source: International Business Times]
July 14, 2020: Set Elements Being Installed at Hotel

Galactic Starcruiser work is slated to move forward. A new permit was filed with Orange County to allow for "Installation of Show Set Elements." Doesn't specify what exactly is being built. This is a good sign that forward progress continues.   [Source: Orange County, Florida Comptroller]

May 20, 2020: Set Permit Filed for Star Wars Hotel

Walt Disney Imagineering filed a for permit to construct sets for Galactic Starcruiser.  [Source: Inside the Magic]

May 17, 2020: Star Wars Hotel Building Progress

In aerial photographs, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is seen progressing.
[Source: WDW Info]

March 23, 2020: Star Wars Hotel Project Not Likely to Be Cancelled

Even in tough economic conditions, it is unlikely that Star Wars Hotel project will be scrapped completely. The resort is small, thus with fewer guests to fill, it is likely to weather an economic downturn.
[Source: Orlando Weekly]

February 26, 2020: Disney Hiring Star Wars Hotel General Manager

Disney Careers released their job description for General Manager position for Galactic Starcruiser hotel. Job summary describes the hotel as "fully immersive, luxury resort, where guests and crew are part of a Star Wars story, including encounters between Resistance forces and the First Order." [Source: Disney Careers]

February 6, 2020: Reservations Will Open in 2020

Disney confirmed the rumor that they will start taking reservations for Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser guests sometime during 2020.

And while they didn't give a specific opening date for the Star Wars hotel, they did reaffirm it will be in 2021.

January 1, 2020: Construction Update
December 3, 2019: Opening Year Announced

The opening year was announced as part of a presentation offered during the media sneak peek of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the second attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

October 30, 2019: More Construction Updates
October 7, 2019: Construction Update & Possible Excursions from Hotel to Park
August 25, 2019: Details of "Star Cruise" Revealed

At D23 Expo in Anaheim, details about what will happen at the Star Wars hotel were revealed. The experience was compared to a "star cruise."

August 22, 2019: Official Name of Star Wars Hotel Revealed

Disney announced that the project that we've all been referring to as "The Star Wars Hotel" will be officially called Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser.


August 21, 2019: Expected Pricing for Stay at Star Wars Hotel Revealed

WDW News is reporting that Star War hotel prices will start at $1000 per day per person. [Source: WDW News]


August 19, 2019: Concept Art of Immersive Guest Transport from Star Wars Resort to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

July 22, 2019: Star Wars Hotel Guest Rooms Under Construction

July 14, 2019: Disney Patents a Working Star Wars Lightsaber

While it most likely developed for the upcoming Star Wars lands at the theme parks, Disney's new patent for a working lightsaber would make sense to be employed at Star Wars hotel to round out a fully immersive experience. [Source]


June 20, 2019: Star Wars Hotel Construction Progress
May 31, 2019: Star Wars Hotel Construction Progress
April 24, 2019: Star Wars Hotel Name Rumors

The Star Wars Hotel name is rumored to be "Galactic Journeys: A Star Wars Adventure".    [Source]

April 10, 2019: Star Wars Hotel Construction Underway

Construction crews are hard at work on the new hotel site and foundation work has begun to be put in place.   [Source]

March 7, 2019: Star Wars Land Opening Dates Revealed

Disneyland Park in Anaheim will open its Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (aka Star Wars Land) on May 31, 2019.

Walt Disney World will open on August 29, 2019.   [Source]

November 17, 2018: Guests Will Arrive at Hotel Via Shuttle

Building permits filed with the local authorities included blueprints that indicate that guests will get to and from the new Star Wars land (Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge) by use of shuttles.

The permits clearly outline a designated area for shuttle parking. It is speculation at this point but these shuttles could be themed as transports in the Star Wars universe, keeping guests fully engulfed in the theme and storytelling experience. [Source]

July 9, 2018: Guests will Drive to Star Wars Hotel Entrance from Hollywood Studios Parking Lot

Even more details about the hotel location. According to permits, guests will be able to drive to the entrance of the Star Wars resort Disney World via the Hollywood Studios parking lot. This probably means limited parking will be available - valet anyone? A path is to be built to allow guests to enter Hollywood Studios close to the Millennium Falcon attraction. [Source]

May 30, 2018: Star Wars Hotel to Be Located on South Side of Hollywood Studios

It is official. The location of the new Star Wars hotel will be on the south side of Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive. The new resort will connect seamlessly to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - the new Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios. [Source]

April 2, 2018: Disney Begins Work on "Project H" - Suspected to be Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Hotel

Walt Disney Imagineering filed two permits near Hollywood Studios, just south of the park, close to to location of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Since the Star Wars Hotel is expected to be seamlessly connected to Galaxy's Edge, the timing and location point to Disney starting work on the new hotel. [Source]

February 12, 2018: Star Wars Hotel Will Seamless Connect to New Star Wars Land

At D23 Expo in Japan, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney's Parks & Resorts, revealed that the new Star Wars hotel will connect seamlessly to the new Star Wars land that is planned for Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open in 2019 but there has still not been any date set for the opening of Star Wars hotel. [Source]

July 15, 2017: Disney Announces Plans for Star Wars Hotel at Walt Disney World

At D23 Expo, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney's Parks & Resorts, announced that Disney will build an immersive resort experience based on the Star Wars theme. Guests will immerse themselves in a "living adventure." [Source]

Watch the official announcement at D23 Expo...


April 18, 2017: Disney Surveys Guests about Possible Star Wars Hotel

Disney commissioned a survey via Swagbucks asking visitors to comment on a two-day immersive experience that would take place on a Star Wars starship. The survey included details about what a future Star Wars resort experience might be like. [Source]


Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Photos

Photo Gallery

The following is concept art provided by Disney directly via their public statements or guest surveys.

Star Wars Hotel Bridge

Source: Disney

Star Wars Hotel

Source: Disney

Star Wars Hotel Lounge

Source: Disney

Star Wars Hotel Bridge

Source: Disney

Star Wars Hotel - Hidden Room

Source: Disney

Launch Pods on the Star Wars Galactic Cruiser (aka Star Wars Hotel)

Source: Disney

Star Wars Resort Concept Art

Source: WDWNT.com

Source: WDWNT.com

Lobby of Star Wars Resort

Source: WDWNT.com

Star Wars Hotel Name

What will the Star Wars Hotel be called?

The name of the Star Wars hotel was officially revealed at the D23 convention in August 2019.

The hotel will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Sounds pretty sweet doesn't it.

WDW News Today has reported on the name reveal and also shares the concept art that goes along with it.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Price

What will Disney Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Cost?

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Disney Parks and Resorts has not yet released any information about what the Disney Star Wars Resort cost will be, but there have been rumors.

As this is expected to be more than just a lodging experience, we can expect Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser cost to be at least as high as their maximum resort price.

Walt Disney World News Today is spreading the rumor that the three day, two night stay at the Galactic Starcruiser will cost $3,300 for a single person, and $7,200 for a cabin for five people.

Guests are not just paying for accommodations but rather an immersive entertainment experience. Get your Disney Visa card ready, because if the rumors are true, the prices are going to be out of this world.

We will continue to provide updates on the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge hotel prices here as information becomes available.

How will I be able to get a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Booking?

No info has been released yet on how Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser reservations will be handled.

It is expected that booking a hotel stay will be very competitive prior to the hotel's grand opening.

To make a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser reservation, you almost certainly be able to do it online through Disney Parks & Resorts page. Will they allow Star Wars hotel to be booked by travel agents? That is yet unknown, but we are expecting they will, as many Disney guests will have a lot of questions about what is involved in the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Rumors

How will holograms work at the Star Wars Hotel?

Disney has filed for patent called "Floating Image Display System."

This patent seems to be the basis for a hologram that hovers in the air.

The ramifications of this new technology are huge for theme parks and an immersive hotel experience, like the Star Wars hotel is expected to become.


Visitors could interact with "floating" virtual characters during their voyage through the Star Wars Galaxy.
Source: Orlando Business Journal

Will there be special dinner show restaurant at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

Concept art in the original plans for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, gave indication there would be a special dining experience at the Star Wars Land.

Star Wars Hotel Dinner Show

Img: wdwnt.com. Screen capture from 2016 announcement of Galaxy's Edge.

Those plans were canceled, but it is now rumored there will be an immersive dinner show at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort.

This makes sense, as dinner shows aboard Disney Cruise are a huge part of the entertainment.

For those unfamiliar, the restaurants are decorated in a theme and elements of the room actually interact with the guests (ala Animator's Palate). Along with the dining, there is character-based entertainment.

In the immersive experience at the new hotel, such a restaurant is a logical expectation.

What language will they speak at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, we get a little glimpse into the language that is likely to be spoken at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

The Disneyland (and soon to arrive at Hollywood Studios) attraction is set on the planet of Batuu.

The Batuuans speak a language similar to English with a few key phrases. See the full breakdown of the new Star Wars land language.

By adopting a new Star Wars language, the immersive experience takes deeper hold at the parks.

We fully expect this to continue -- and probably expand -- at Galactic Starcruiser.

Other Rumors

THEME DETAILS: APRIL 2019

What is the Chandrila Star Line?

When staying at the Star Wars hotels, guests will be boarding a starcraft called "Chandrila Star Line." Chandrila was the home planet of Ben Solo before he switched to the Dark Side and became Kylo Ren. (Source: WDWNT)

BUILDING PERMIT: NOVEMBER 2018

In filing for building permits, the blueprints provided by Disney to local authorities give some new insights:

  1. Guests will arrive by shuttle to the hotel, probably from the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land
  2. Blueprints call for a dining area with a "buffet," a courtyard, and a large area labeled "dojo." Perhaps this dojo is for Jedi training
  3. Star Wars themed rooms available to guests will consist of  cabins and 1st class cabins.

GUEST SURVEY: APRIL 2017

Disney surveyed guests in April 2017, asking their opinion about a Star Wars hotel luxury lodging experience.

From the questions that were included in that survey, here are the following rumors. Most are probably fairly realistic.

  • The basic experience will entail a 2-day story for guests to experience.
  • Guests will be completely immersed in a non-stop entertainment experience that is driven by a core story.
  • The Star Wars story will take place during a 2-night stay.
  • Guests will interact personally with performers acting as live Star Wars characters.
  • Programs will be set up for guests to participate in flight training, exploration of space, Jedi training, light saber jousting, and personalized secret missions.
  • Experiences will take place on a starship and a planet of the Star Wars universe.
  • Packages will include all meals during your stay, including buffet breakfasts, lunches, & signature evening dining
  • Dinner shows and exclusive entertainment will be offered as part of the experience.
  • Bookings will include exclusive park admission to the new Star Wars land, set to open at Walt Disney World in 2019
  • Also included will be Star Wars starship amenities such as pool, water garden, fitness center, on-board cantina, and robotic droid Butlers
  • Price is expected to start at $900-1000 per guest
  • Target completion date is 2021, to coincide with Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary

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Star Wars Hotel Tips, Secrets, and Advice

Star Wars Hotel Secrets

Naturally it is too early to release any *real* Disney Star Wars Hotel tips yet, but as with any Disney property, we expect a fair share of Hidden Mickeys, delightful secrets, and a host of tips that can make your immersive Star Wars hotel experience more magical.

We'll provide as many Star Wars hotel tips here as we gather them. We want you to make the most of your money for this dream vacation.

Star Wars Hotel Rooms

What Will a Star Wars Hotel Room Look Like?

Disney has only released Star Wars hotel concept art to give us an idea of what a Star Wars hotel room might look like.

Star Wars Galactic Cruiser Cabin / Hotel RoomStar Wars Hotel RoomStar Wars Hotel Room

Star Wars Hotel Location

What is the official Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser location?

The Star Wars Hotel address has not yet been announced.

We know that Galactic Journeys is being build adjacent to Disney's Hollywood Studios, as part of the Walt Disney World resort.

It's assumed there will be easy movement between this Star Wars themed resort and Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios.

Expected Star Wars Hotel location

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