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Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser, a Complete Guide

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OFFICIAL: As of March 1, 2022, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is now open!

According to the official Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser website, reservations started October 28, 2021.

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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 March 1, 2022.

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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 day, two-night 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, 2 day stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser where the story will unfold over those days.
  • Guests will all board together and disembark together, like a cruise ship experience.
  • Guests will "leave earth" via a Launch Pod, be briefed during a muster drill about what they will see and experience, and be transported to the Halcyon starship that will be their home to navigate 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, if they so desire.
  • 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. Like a cruise ship, the vacation is a set two-night, two-day stay during which an interactive story will play out.

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

When will Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser be completed?

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.

The year of the Star Wars hotel opening date 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. 

Guests are asked to check in between 1pm and 4pm. Sounds like the last Launch Pod will leave by 4pm.

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.

During a "muster", you'll be briefed on the experiences you're likely to have onboard the starship.

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.

Upon arrival, you'll be introduced to characters from the Star Wars universe -- both new and old favorites -- including the captain of the star cruiser, the ship's mechanic, and a "a galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room with the crook of one jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger."

This Twi'lek character will also be a star of a dining experience that will take place in the "Crown of Corellia Dining Room". (Corellia was home planet of Han Solo.)

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 Kylo Ren, Rey and Chewbacca. Additionally, guests will meet new characters that will become part of the broader Star Wars universe.

Recent audition calls give us an indication of what kind of characters you'll meet. Excerpts taken from Disney's job site tell us...

CAPTAIN: Seeking a mature, commanding actor with strong improvisational abilities to portray the Halcyon’s Captain. She is a worldly Pantoran (40s-50s) with a rich, diverse history and dedication to her vocation. She is a strong and charismatic leader who has served as a well-respected ship commander for some time and demands the attention and focus of every room she walks into. 

CRUISE DIRECTOR: Seeking an effervescent actor with strong improvisational abilities to portray the Halcyon’s Cruise Director. She is a human (30s) with the capacity to learn that life is about more than the fun of the moment, and draws inspiration from the efforts she sees being made to bring harmony and justice to the galaxy. A born cruise director who loves travel and adventure, she is a cheerful and harmonious people person. 

SHIP MECHANIC: Seeking a friendly and engaging actor with strong improvisational abilities to portray the mechanic. A youthful (late teens-20s) human with big dreams, his enthusiasm sometimes outpaces his capabilities, and, as a result, he tries to present a braggadocios front to mask the vulnerability of being far from home. 

THE FIXER: Seeking a confident and engaging actor with strong improvisational abilities to portray The Fixer. Character portrayed is a well-traveled, devil-may-care human (40s). A convincing and handsome schemer, he uses his charm to his advantage as he seeks out associates to enlist in his criminal enterprise. His calculated and conniving approach is an intellectual dance; a paso doble that leaves passengers wondering… was he the bull or the matador? Actors with sleight of hand tricks a plus and are encouraged to prepare a demonstration of abilities.

FIRST ORDER LIEUTENANT: Seeking a charismatic and engaging actor with strong improvisational abilities to portray the First Order Lieutenant. Character portrayed is human (40s) and working his way up the ladder. An ambitious officer of the First Order, the Lieutenant is new to his position of power, and is working hard not to let us know that. He doesn’t see a line between abusing and leveraging power.

: Seeking warm and engaging athletic actors with improvisational abilities to serve as Saber Trainers. Character portrayed is in their 20’s-30’s. Patient and well-composed instructors, Saber Trainers serve as expert wielders of the lightsaber and he/she/they take cruisers through a physical demonstration. Prior sword/saber experience a plus as the role requires the ability to confidently brandish a lightsaber. 

THE FIRST-TIME CRUISER: Seeking a youthful and friendly actor/guitarist/singer with strong improvisational acting abilities to portray The First-Time Cruiser. Character portrayed is a Togrutan (20s) who aspires to be more than the “alien next door”. This hopeless romantic is a friendly and earnest musician who happily serenades his fellow guests as he aspires to impress the Galactic Superstar. He is a strong rhythm guitarist with a happy go lucky, easy going musical style.  A struggling singer/songwriter looking for his big break. Vocal range low C to high A; Low tenor/high baritone. 

GALACTIC SUPERSTAR: Seeking an actor/vocalist with strong improvisational abilities to portray our Galactic Superstar. Character portrayed is a Twi'lek (30s-40s) who commands respect and flame-roses at her feet. Operating in a legally-dubious world of galactic intrigue while fighting for her race’s integrity and freedom, she is also a phenomenally soulful singer who demands focus in every conversation and performance alike. Her vocal range is preferably that of a Mezzo Soprano and her musical style is a hybrid of neo-soul, jazzy, funk, colored by her extensive travel and experiences.

REY: (5’6”-5’8”) Seeking a dynamic and athletic actor with an athletic, slender build and strong improvisational abilities to portray Rey. Rey is a survivor, toughened by her life as a scavenger on the harsh desert planet of Jakku. Despite dismissing herself as a “no one”, she learns that her life is being shaped by the mysterious power of the force. Actors with prior experience or knowledge in stage combat, Wushu, martial arts or hand-to-hand are encouraged to attend. 

KYLO REN: (6’0”-6’2”) Seeking a dynamic and athletic actor with improvisational abilities to portray Kylo Ren. A menacing Force-sensitive warrior, Kylo is driven by his connection to the dark side to achieve his ultimate goal of galactic domination. Actors with prior experience or knowledge in stage combat, Wushu, martial arts or hand-to-hand are encouraged to attend. 

The Halcyon will “make a stop” at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu (aka Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios). A transport that is operated by the Black Spire Outpost will take guests from the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Batuu via a shuttled piloted by Rex Droid V03A. This droid will be based out of Black Spire, not on the Halycon itself.

Prior to arriving at Batuu, events will have unfolded onboard the Halcyon that lead into the experiences that will take place on the planet. For example, riding Rise of the Resistance will take on special meaning your story. Further, on the ride Smuggler's Run, you'll steal Coaxium. However, before you arrive on Batuu, you'll learn who the buyer is of the Coaxium. Later, you'll deliver that Coaxium. In this way, all pieces of the story connect the Star Wars Hotel experience to the Galaxy's Edge experience seamlessly.

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.

Lightsaber training at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Image: Disney

Light Saber Training on Star Wars Galactic Cruiser

Source: Disney

The Halcyon Bridge

The Halcyon Bridge - Image: Disney

The Halcyon Bridge Controls Close-up

IMAGE: Disney - The Halcyon Bridge Controls Close-up

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.

  • Do you wish to follow the First Order?
  • Become a Jedi in training?
  • Enroll to become a member of high galactic society?

Your Level of Immersion is Up to You
Guests are welcome to become characters as much as they like. Example, if you prefer to take a casual observer approach and enjoy the performances of other guests & Cast Members while wearing your regular clothes, no problem. If, however, you want to immerse yourself more deeply, you will be welcome to dress in costume, paint your face, and completely act the part of your character.

Dinner at Crown of Corellia Dining Room
Similar to a fine dining experience on a cruise ship, Halycon passengers will be treated to an extra-terrestrial dinner show in the evenings. Guests will eat and watch a performance on a stage, where performers (unknown yet if they are to be holograms or actual Cast Members in costume).

This dining room will be host to breakfast and lunch and will then transform in the evening into a "lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins." Sounds like we're in for some interesting dining choices!

Create or Train Your Own Droid?
An R-series astromech droid is prominently featured in a recent Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser promotion poster, hinting that your stay might include up close and personal interaction with your own personal droid?

In a recent video, Disney Imagineers share a few hints of what some of the guest experiences might be like. These include:

  • make allies
  • go on a scavenger hunt
  • meet a stowaway
  • ...or help someone become a stowaway
  • get someone thrown in the brig
  • ...or help someone break out of the brig
  • help someone smuggle some luggage onto the ship
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?

There will be 100 cabins and suites. Each will feature at least one window with a view of space.

Initial blueprints showed 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.

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."

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Price

What will Disney Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Cost?

What will the Star Wars hotel cost?

Price will vary based on:

  • Date
  • Number of guests in your cabin
  • Type of cabin

To give a price range, Disney released these rates based on departure dates of Aug 20 - Sep 17, 2022 (most weeknights):

  • $1209 per guest per night
  • Voyage total: $4809
3 GUESTS PER CABIN (2 adults, 1 child)
  • $889 per guest per night
  • Voyage total: $5299
4 GUESTS PER CABIN (3 adults, 1 child)
  • $749 per guest per night
  • Voyage total: $5999

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.

What's Included?

What will be included in a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience?

The following will be included in your Star Wars hotel price:

  • Two nights lodging aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
  • Valet parking
  • Entry to Disney's Hollywood Studios for 1 day (on day 2 of your experience).
  • Meals (per guest):
    • 2 breakfast
    • 2 lunch
    • 2 dinner meals (gratuity is included for dinner)
    • 1 quick-service meal (1 entree, 1 beverage)

Star Wars Hotel Reservations

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

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser reservations will be accepted starting October 28, 2021.

We are told to have the following information ready when making a reservation:

  • Date preference
  • Number of people in party
  • Names, ages, address & phone number of each person
  • Preference for first or second dinner seating
  • Any additional activities you'd like to reserve (these haven't been announced yet)
  • If you want to stay at a Disney resort before or after, have those dates ready

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?

Yes, and this is great news, as many Disney guests will have a lot of questions about what is involved in the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience.

Our favorite travel agent for booking a reservation is Get Away Today.

Star Wars Hotel Address

What is the official Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser address?

The Star Wars Hotel address:

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Terminal
201 South Studio Drive
Bay Lake, Florida 32830

This location is adjacent to Disney's Hollywood Studios, as part of the Walt Disney World resort.

We've learned there will be easy movement between this Star Wars themed resort and Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios. This transport will be provided by the Black Spire Outpost.

The aerial view below from Google Maps shows the location of the terminal, where we expect guests to board a launch pod. This transport will then take its passengers to the actual hotel site (shown in the red square below).

You can see in this image how close the starcruiser is to a back entrance to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios.

Aerial Map of Star Wars Hotel location

Star Wars Hotel Rooms

What Will a Star Wars Hotel Room Look Like?

Disney has 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

Timeline of Events

September 30, 2021: Hotel Opening Date Announced

Disney announced the official opening date of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be March 1, 2022.

Reservations will begin October 28, 2021.

July 30, 2021: Imagineers Reveal Details about Halcyon Experience

This roundtable discussion of Disney Imagineers reveals more details about the immersive Halcyon experience.

July 21, 2021: New Promo Poster Offers Hints about Star Wars Hotel Experience

Disney released a new promotional poster for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The Disney Parks blog says that a closer look at the poster can reveal details about the upcoming experience.

Star Wars Hotel promotional poster

Click for Full Size. Image: Disney

May 18, 2021: Auditions Begin for Actors

Disney has scheduled auditions for actors for the Star Wars hotel. The audition listings are for actors, musical performers, and stunt characters.

Auditions open for actors for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser

Auditions open for actors for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser

May 18, 2021: Permit filed for Hotel Marquee

A permit application has been filed to "install [a] new ground mount marquee" at Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser.

[Source: WDWNT]
May 4, 2021: Model of Halcyon Starcruiser on Display at Disney's Hollywood Studios

For a limited time, guests to Disney's Hollywood Studios can examine a model of the Halcyon up close.

[Source: WDWNT]
May 4, 2021: Lightsaber Training Sneak Peek Video

Disney Parks releases a teaser of how the Lightsaber experience will look as part of your Jedi training onboard the Halcyon.

[Source: Disney Parks Twitter]

April 17, 2021: Female Captain Rex Droid Will Pilot Shuttle Between Hotel & Galaxy's Edge

Artwork in "Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" book indicates a female version of Captain Rex will be the pilot of the transport between Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

[Source: WDWNT.com]
March 5, 2021: Pictures Show Proximity to Batuu

Aerial imagery shows how close the Star Wars Hotel is to Galaxy's Edge.

February 25, 2021: Star Wars Hotel is Hiring

Disney posted on their job website an opening for Hotel Services Director for the new Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser  [Source: Inside the Magic]

January 15, 2021: Peek Inside a Room

The President of Walt Disney World gave a preview of what the inside of a room looks like:

[Source: Instagram]
November 17, 2020: New Cabin Photos Released

Newly released mock-up of a starship cabin. Source: Disney

This mock-up of a starship cabin shows the well-appointed accommodations guests will experience during their stay.This mock-up of a starship cabin shows the well-appointed accommodations guests will experience during their stay.
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

Star Wars Galactic Starship Entrance
Source: Disney

Star Wars Hotel

Star Wars Galactic Starship Transport
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.

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.

There will be an immersive dinner show at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort. This event will include meals and musical performances.

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

For those unfamiliar, the cruise ship 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 step.

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

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

The 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 Early Rumors


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)


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.


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 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.

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Laura Reese

This is amazing. The detail and the theming are going to be so cool!! I love following the updates.


This is exciting, this is surely going to be a hit.

Geary Sheridan

Dear Sir or Madam,
Are there one person only with king size bed options for the two-day Star Wars Hotel Voyage experience?
Respectfully yours,