Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Galactic Starcruiser Concept Art ©Disney[/caption]
What is Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, also known as the Star Wars Hotel, is a two-night, fully-immersive adventure located adjacent to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is the most highly-themed Resort that Disney has ever built, and it promises to transport guests into the world of Star Wars for an experience like no other.
Once you pass through the entrance and board your “launch pod”, all mention of Star Wars as a film stops. Instead, you’re a guest on The Halcyon, flagship of the Chandrila Star Line, as you embark on a cruise across a galaxy far, far away. Highly advanced screens, using the same technology seen in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Rise of the Resistance, and Space 220, create the illusion that you’re traveling past iconic locations in the galaxy on your approach to your port of call, Batuu.
What is the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Like?
The Halcyon is a cruise ship, which means that the bulk of your vacation experience will take place within the confines of the hotel. This isn’t a resort to book for a more general Walt Disney World vacation.
Each cabin on the ship can sleep four guests; two on a king-sized bed, two on a pair of bunks. A fifth guest may be accommodated in an as of yet unannounced manner. First class and Captain’s cabins have been rumored, but no official details have been announced.
Each room features a viewport with simulated views of the galaxy, allowing you to watch the stars go by and keep up with scripted events from your room.
The remainder of the hotel is themed to a working starship, with certain guest areas themed to seem like “behind the scenes” parts of the ship.
The Atrium is the main lobby, where the crew and passengers can gather. In addition to providing ample seating, it also features frequent appearances from characters, and will serve as the main “stage” for the ongoing story.
The Silver C Lounge is a bar and restaurant, where guests can enjoy food and drinks along with Twi’leks, Droids, and other galactic characters. You can play a game of Sabacc or sip on some otherworldly concoctions.
The Bridge is where the ship’s navigation and defense systems are managed. Guests can operate these systems under the crew’s guidance and may be called to battle stations during an attack by the First Order.
The Engineering Room is a children’s play area, themed to the ship’s engine room. Younger guests can crawl around and help perform maintenance on the ship’s vital systems.
The Lightsaber Dojo (name pending) is a recreational activity where guests can practice deflecting blaster bolts with their own training saber. As they work, they might even discover a connection to The Force.
The ship also includes several hidden areas, which are only accessible to guests on “secret missions”.
What advantages are there to staying at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
The main draw of the Galactic Starcruiser is the story. You are a guest on board the Halcyon who finds yourself drawn into the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. Disney promises that each guest will experience their own unique tale and that the choices they make will carry over throughout their trip.
This is a step beyond the existing Star Wars Datapad, as your physical actions in the resort and park will affect your standing, and cast members will respond to your choices. You could end up in the brig for tampering with the ship’s controls, or make an alliance with major players in the Galaxy at the Silver C Lounge.
Much like a cruise, all guests check in and leave on the same day, allowing for a cyclical story. Several scheduled events will also occur throughout your two-night trip, including an attack by the First Order where guests will be called to defend the ship.
A key part of your stay is a “port day” on Batuu, the setting of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests will take a simulated landing shuttle into the park and be given free rein of the area. Batuuans will also respond to your actions performed on the ship, adding an exclusive layer of depth to your experience.
While it is not yet confirmed, there are several rumored perks for guests on the Galactic Starcruiser, including:
- A universe-appropriate wardrobe provided by Disney.
- Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios included with your booking.
- Priority access to Galaxy’s Edge rides and experiences.
Am I allowed to leave the Starcruiser to visit other parks or experiences?
Yes, though it will detract from your experience somewhat. We recommend dedicating the entire two days to the Galactic Starcruiser experience, and then booking a less expensive hotel for the remainder of your Disney trip if you wish to visit the other parks.
Are there balconies or adjoining rooms?
No. The Galactic Star Cruiser is entirely indoors, and all windows provide simulated views into space. No adjoining rooms have been announced.
Are there smoking or non-smoking rooms?
All Disney resorts and guest rooms are now smoke free. You must go to a designated outdoor smoking area outside of the experience if you wish to smoke.
What are the room prices?
Official prices have not been announced, nor has the DVC point rate.
Standard cabins contain one bed, two bunks, a bathroom with shower, and a simulated view into space. Each room contains an interactive TV that allows guests to accept missions from the Resistance, the First Order, or the criminal underworld.
A console near each bed allows you to store and charge your cell phone. Disney WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and is required to access the Star Wars Datapad.
Details on the First Class and Captain’s tier cabins have not been announced, but expect additional space and larger beds.
Is there a fee to park at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
This has not been announced. However, parking will be extremely limited, requiring most guests to valet. It is possible that valet parking will be included in your experience.
How will I get into my room?
Disney has phased out room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible wristbands resembling a watch or bracelet with RFID (Radio Frequency) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account and acts as your room key. Simply touch your band to the room door to gain entry. You can read more about using your MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+, and more HERE. MagicBands are provided for free with your reservation.
Details have not been revealed about MagicBands on Starcruiser, but they are expected to be used. Themed MagicBands for this experience have not yet been announced.
How do Check In and Check Out work?
The Galactic Starcruiser uses a Cruise Ship-inspired check in (or embarkation system). Guests will check in at a specific time (expected to be 3PM) on embarkation day, spend that afternoon and evening, a full day and two nights at the resort, and then check out the third morning at a designated time (expected to be 11AM). The hotel will reset, and new guests will be admitted.
This means that check in is only permitted every other day.
Upon arrival, you are expected to confirm your reservation at the entrance and leave your luggage with bell services (should you wish to do so). You will receive your MagicBands (if you don’t already have them), and enter the preshow area to be “launched” to the ship.
All guests are required to check out at the conclusion of the experience to be shuttled back to Earth. Extended stays are not expected to be available.
How will I get to the parks (and elsewhere)?
Guests wishing to visit Hollywood Studios can board a simulated shuttle that will take them directly to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, with a projected entrance between the Resistance Outpost and the Black Spire Marketplace.
Guests who wish to visit the parks at other points during their stay may take a walking path to Hollywood Studios, from which they may access the rest of the resort via the Skyliner, buses, and Minnie Vans. As this is meant to be a self-contained experience, travel to and from the Galactic Starcruiser is largely restricted to arrival and departure days.
Where can I get early morning coffee or a late night snack?
Currently, the only dining establishment announced is the Silver C Lounge. However, a boutique and unnamed table service restaurant have been spotted in preliminary blueprints.
Guests will likely be able to visit The Silver C Lounge or the retail location for snacks and beverages, while the unnamed table service location may be limited to meal times. Menus have not been announced.
Is there a pool at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
No. Space is extremely limited, and a pool is not projected in the current plans.
What else is there to do at the Galactic Starcruiser?
In addition to the above mentioned activities, guests will be able to lounge in the courtyard, a lush and green location filled with alien plant life.
Using their TVs and cellphones, guests can also take clandestine missions from various Star Wars characters, interacting with cast members while exploring hidden sections of the ship.
At a certain point during your experience, the First Order will attack and board your ship, complete with an appearance by Kylo Ren. The battle will result in simulated damage to the lobby.
Can you see the Fireworks from the Galactic Starcruiser?
Despite its proximity to the park, the Galactic Starcruiser has no real windows. However, you will have views of passing stars, planets, and more, providing a beautiful nighttime experience.
Is there a children’s program at the Galactic Starcruiser?
This has not been announced, but the Engineering Room play area has been confirmed as a location for children.
Keep up with the latest Galactic Starcruiser news at the links below:
- PHOTOS: Check Out the Latest Construction on the Star Wars Hotel Coming to Disney World!
- PHOTOS! Shuttle Pathways Take Shape for the Star Wars Resort in Disney World!
- Get a Glimpse at the Latest Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Updates at Disney World!
- UPDATE! The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Continues to Make Awesome Progress in Disney World
- Reservations for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser in Disney World Will Open This Year!