Star Wars fans have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Galactic Starcruiser hotel at Walt Disney World, which promises to take them on a journey to a galaxy far, far away.
Unfortunately, that dream got a little further away this week. Originally planned for a 2021 opening, Disney quietly changed the opening to 2022 this week. No specific date for the opening was announced. Nor were reasons for the delay.
The hotel will aim to duplicate the experience of a cruise as guests take part in a two-night stay labeled as “storyliving.”
Guests will “travel the galaxy in style aboard the glamorous Halcyon starcruiser, known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations,” Disney said in a release. “They will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience exquisite dining and out-of-this-world entertainment.”
Guests will interact with characters, crew, and other passengers as they become part of the action, and their choices will determine the adventures they experience.
“Decisions guests make will determine how their individual stories unfold as they seize control of their destinies, and potentially impact the fate of the galaxy,” the Disney release said.
Once checked in and aboard the starcruiser, guests will have an array of experiences in front of them. They will:
- Interact with Star Wars characters, the ship captain, heroes of the Resistance, and more.
- Learn about the lightsaber, train to use it, and put their training to the test by facing off against others.
- Visit the Bridge to learn about its systems and how to operate them.
- Eat in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, where breakfast and lunch will be served daily, and dinner will include a multi-course menu.
- Take in live entertainment during dinner, including a performance from an unnamed galactic superstar.
- Visit Batuu, where guests will explore the winding pathways of Black Spire Outpost to seek out a hidden Resistance base.
- In their cabins, each guest will have a view of the galaxy beyond.
Despite the delay in opening, Disney has begun its search for employees to be part of the starcruiser experience and is actively advertising for actors, stunt performers, musicians, servers, and other members of the ship’s crew.