How much would you pay to visit a galaxy far, far away? Inside Walt Disney World’s newest “Star Wars” resort: Galactic Starcruiser, guests are immersed in the “Star Wars” universe. Guests can meet their childhood heroes, eat exciting new foods, and gain exclusive access to one of the Disney parks. However, this comes at a bold price. For a family of four staying for the two-night experience, it will cost around $6,000.
Hotel guests who board the “Halcyon” stay in rooms resembling spaceship cabins, with three options to choose from: the Standard Cabin, the Galaxy Class Suite, and the Grand Captain Suite. A standard room can accommodate four to five people with a queen-size bed, two bunk beds and a Murphy bed that can accommodate an adult. All hotel rooms include space views and an interactive TV that also shows stuff from “your home planet”. Other hotel room amenities include the typical hair dryer, mini fridge, safe, and telephone. If you’re feeling fancy, the Grand Captain’s Suite offers two bedrooms and a “chic living space” with seating to enjoy your view of passing planets.
The hotel is highly immersive, allowing guests to participate in Jedi training and challenge their friends to a game of “sabaco”. Visitors also choose the shows and entertainment they will take part in, for which the hotel offers a program to be planned accordingly. You can take guided tours of the facility, experience “stories” during your stay, and even ride a vehicle by the First Order. If you are a real fanatic, don’t hesitate to dress up in your best galactic clothes and meet your favorite character; Chewbacca, Rey, and Kylo Ren are a few beloved characters coming on board.
While staying at the hotel, guests receive complimentary meals from the best chefs in the park. Crown of Corellia, the lunch buffet, is available with a variety of out-of-the-ordinary selections, from sparkling cheese bread with whipped red fruit soup to blue milk fruit Bantha, a mysterious sparkling blue dessert. Not to mention, all guests enjoy unlimited blue or green milk, a fan favorite among those who have visited. Edge of Galaxy.
Many Disney Parks enthusiasts wonder if the resort is worth the price. Some have argued that a luxury price tag should come with more resort amenities, like a pool and spa. Others disagree, believing the experience is worth the price for the immersive and interactive aspect alone. Staying at “Star Wars”: Galactic Starcruiser also includes entry to Hollywood Studios and a guarantee “Lightning Lane Pass” Galaxy’s Edge attractions: “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance”. Since Smuggler’s Run can wait up to five hours on popular park days, many guests believe price complainers are simply not getting enough from their stay.
However, the small 100-room hotel is not selling as Disney had hoped. There is still plenty of availability for the rest of the year, even during generally busy months like August. Compared to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which has low August availability and comparable room rates ($1,000 a night in some rooms), why isn’t the Galactic Starcruiser doing so well? It could be that the star wars franchise corresponds to a more specialized public. So, is it worth it? If you have a love for star wars, likes to role play and have the budget, the Galactic Starcruiser may be the best vacation you’ll ever have.