Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel opening date postponed to 2022

Disney calls the haunting new way of storytelling “storyliving”.

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser

Disney has announced that their new war of stars The hotel – the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – will debut at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2022. The hotel was originally scheduled to open in 2021 but understandably had significant delays over the past year. This new, immersive hotel experience is not unlike a Disney cruise, as guests experience a two-day adventure known as storyliving.

As described on the Disney World website, guests enter launch pods that jump in hyperspace to mate with the Halcyon star cruiser. Once on board, guests become part of an interactive story that brings your group, other passengers, and Star Wars characters together into a guest story.

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Atrium

Image via Disney / Lucasfilm

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During their “journey” the guests learn how to use a lightsaber, explore the bridge and the navigation systems of the star cruiser and spend the night in their own passenger cabins with a view of space. Guests can explore the menu in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room with galactic entertainment. The trip also includes a trip to Batuu – also known as the Black Spire Outpost area in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney also showed off a working lightsaber today that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser guests can use to see Rey in the store. The windows in the cabin also change during guests’ excursions, and guests can explore hidden secrets in the ship.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is unlike any hotel experience Disney has ever tried before. So it makes sense for Disney to move the debut date to next year to make sure everything goes according to plan. This is ambitious storytelling that could mark the start of some exciting new concepts for Disney in terms of immersing guests in their favorite entertainment. But this is also a stationary “expedition” in which Disney has to entertain the guests for two days and has only a few opportunities to leave the Halcyon.

This is sure to be a tough balancing act for Disney, and we’ll have to wait until 2022 to see if Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser can live up to expectations.

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