Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Resort Rumor Tracker

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    2021

    RUMOR STATUS

    Confirmed

    A Star Wars themed resort is coming to Walt Disney World. The luxury resort will be called Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser, the ship itself is named Halcyon and the company that owns it is the Chandrila Star Line.

    The resort will allow guests to be fully immersed in a multi-day storyline at both the resort and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    It is expected that droids and creatures will interact with guests at the resort and every window will look out into space. Guests will stay in one of 100 rooms aboard a facility themed like a spaceship.

    In February 2018, the Disney Parks Blog shared two short teaser/concept videos for the Star Wars resort.


    The article reports that the experience would be an all-inclusive, 2-night stay set inside the Star Wars universe.

    From the Starcruiser Terminal, you will enter an exclusive launch pod for travel up to the Halcyon, your starcruiser in a galaxy far, far away. Through the pod’s viewports, it looks as though you are traveling through space to approach the massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet. 

    A “spaceport of call” to Black Spire Outpost is included in your itinerary, where special passenger transports take you to the planet Batuu (also known as the destination for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

    To get from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and back, you’ll remain fully in-story as you step aboard the transport ships designed specifically for this new immersive experience, which you can see in the artist concept rendering above, released today. It will connect you directly to a spaceport at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, where the story you began in the starcruiser will continue and evolve while exploring the 14-acre land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

    The resort will be south of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, adjacent to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area of the park allowing for a seamless transition. The hotel is expected to utilize the World Drive entrance.

    Blueprints reveal the layout of the resort:

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    May 5, 2020: On Disney’s Quarter 2 Fiscal Year 2020 earnings call, Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy stated the company’s plans to reduce capital expenditures during the Covid-19 pandemic. McCarthy stated that capital expenditures for the parks and resorts would be reduced by $900 million by way of pausing refurbishment and construction projects.

    Details of specific projects that may be subject to delay or cancellation were not stated, but construction on all ongoing Walt Disney World projects was suspended shortly after the park closure in March.

    The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is not expected to be cancelled but the project will likely be delayed.

    February 6, 2020: The Disney Parks Blog announced that reservations for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be available for booking before the end of the year.

    The two-day and two-night vacation is an all-immersive experience that will debut in 2021.

    December 3, 2019: At a press event held Tuesday, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek announced that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is set to open in 2021.

    The resort will over a 2 night cruise-style experience and additional details on the experience are as follows:

    From the Starcruiser Terminal, you will enter an exclusive launch pod for travel up to the Halcyon, your starcruiser in a galaxy far, far away. Through the pod’s viewports, it looks as though you are traveling through space to approach the massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet. 

    A “spaceport of call” to Black Spire Outpost is included in your itinerary, where special passenger transports take you to the planet Batuu (also known as the destination for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

    To get from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and back, you’ll remain fully in-story as you step aboard the transport ships designed specifically for this new immersive experience, which you can see in the artist concept rendering above, released today. It will connect you directly to a spaceport at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, where the story you began in the starcruiser will continue and evolve while exploring the 14-acre land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

    August 25, 2019: During the Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2019 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek shared additional details on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience were shared at the presentation and on the Disney Parks Blog

    • The adventure begins when you arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World and check in for your two-night experience.
    • You will be invited to enter a Launch Pod for transport into space. Through windows above, you’ll see yourself leave the real world behind as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.
    • When the Launch Pod docks with the Halcyon and the airlock opens, you will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium to begin your journey through a galaxy far, far away.
    • A visit aboard the Halcyon becomes a multi-day story that interweaves with members of the crew, other passengers, familiar Star Wars characters, and an excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  
    • The all-immersive experience also features entertaining activities, such as:
      • Wielding a lightsaber while facing off against a training remote, where you may discover your own connection with the Force.

    August 22, 2019: At the media preview of the D23 Expo, Twitter user @carlyewisel shared photos of many of the displays.

    Highlights included the following:

    Disney also released a new piece of concept art for the Galactic Star Cruiser.

    Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will invite guests aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser known throughout the galaxy for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. Onboard, they will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and much more. (Disney)

    August 19, 2019: WDWNT.com posted conceptual drawings of the transport system that will bring guests from the Star Wars Resort to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The transport system is a heavily modified bus that guests will enter via a jetway. They will not be able to view the driver and windows will extend the experience so that guests will not be able to view the outside world.

    April 24, 2019: WDWNT.com indicated that the vessel guests would be staying in is part of the Chandrila Star Line.

    November 17, 2018: At the D23 Destination D Event, Bob Chapek (Chairman of Disney Parks, Events, Consumer Products) shared additional details and concept art for the Star Wars Resort coming to Walt Disney World.

    Chapek confirmed that the hotel would put guests aboard a luxury starship with high-end dining and “space-view” cabins.

    November 15, 2018: Disney recently filed permits with the South Florida Water Management District and CaliforniaCoasterKings.com posted an article showcase details of the permit.

    The permit reveals a layout of the Star Wars Hotel. The layout shows a dedicated entrance area, guest cabins, a dining area and a dedicated area for transportation to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The permit also revealed that the hotel will have 100 guest rooms.

    July 8, 2018: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 posted the following quote from the South Florida Water Management District permits for the Star Wars Permits:

    “The current schedule proposes to begin construction in late 2018 and complete work in 2020.”

    July 2, 2018: Disney filed permits with the South Florida Water Management District for the Star Wars Resort. WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 posted some of the photos.

    May 30, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog officially announced the location of the Star Wars themed resort in development at Walt Disney World. The resort will be located on the South Side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, east of World Drive. This location will allow the resort to be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

    An opening date for the resort has not been announced, but it will not be open when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next fall.

    May 2, 2018: Len Testa of TouringPlans.com posted a lengthy post on WDWMagic.com about some of the mechanics of the Star Wars hotel “story”.

    In the post he explained that there will be multiple story segments and the goal will be to not have any family/group waiting to participate in a story segment while another family/group is in that same segment. This will require each family/group to have a guide that can send them elsewhere to further drive the story.

    Len also explained that many of these components are being researched by the Disney Research team as opposed to Walt Disney Imagineering.

    April 2, 2018: WDWMagic.com users SomeInternetGuy and danlb_2000 are reporting that Disney has filed permits (Permit 1, Permit 2) with the South Florida Water Management for “Project H”. The permits call for a single boring hole in a plot of land South West of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Speculation is that this is related to the Star Wars Hotel.

    February 22, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog shared two short teaser/concept videos for the Star Wars resort. The resort’s opening date has not been announced but it is expected to open in the 2021-2023 time frame.

    February 11, 2018: At the D23 Expo in Japan chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek gave additional details of the Star Wars themed hotel. A follow up article on the Disney Parks Blog and StarWars.com revealed that the hotel will connect “seamlessly” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

    Per the article:

    From the moment guests arrive at the hotel, Chapek said, their journey through space will begin as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure.

    October 24, 2017: On Episode 138b of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill discusses that the Star Wars Hotel is expected to go out for bid in the next 6 months. He also suggested that the windows of the Star Wars Hotel are intended to show guests that they’re orbiting the planet where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes place.

    July 20, 2017: On the latest episode of The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa discussed that the hotel is unlikely to open before 2022 because of necessary playtesting in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land itself.

    July 15, 2017: @LenTesta on Twitter is reporting that he has heard a price point of $650 a night for the first guest and $200 fore each additional guest to stay at the Star Wars Resort. Each stay would also have a two night minimum.

    July 15, 2017: At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney officially confirmed that a Star Wars themed resort is coming to Walt Disney World. The luxury resort will allow guests to be fully immersed in a multi-day storyline at both the resort and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    Droids and creatures will interact with guests at the resort and every window will look out into space.

    June 17, 2017: On the recent episode of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill mentions that he Star Wars Land project will feature the rumored Star Wars Land hotel. It will be adjacent to the land and park and start with 400 guest rooms. The hotel will utilize the World Drive entrance and be built on the former wetlands that were next to World Drive. The possibility exists for two 300 guest room expansions if demand is there.

    April 18, 2017: WDWNT.com posted an article that shared concept art and details on the Star Wars boutique resort.

    According to the article, Disney has been surveying guests about a Starship themed resort that would be connected to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The surveying is reportedly being conducted by a third party and may be connected to some of the teasers recently given by Imagineer Scott Trowbridge about another level of interactivity within Star Wars Land.

    The article reports that the experience would be an all-inclusive, 2-night stay set inside the Star Wars universe. This could be a call to Trowbridge’s suggestion that actions in the land would have consequences elsewhere in the land and those guests staying at the boutique resort may be the recipients of that level of immersion. Resort guests would be further integrated into the story, potentially have missions and interactions with Star Wars characters and performers at their level of comfort. The article suggests that the interactivity may include flight training, ship exploration, lightsaber training and secret missions on both the Starship resort and the Star Wars land.

    Accommodations are also expected to include all meals during the two days, featured entertainment that would include dinner shows, park admission and other hotel amenities that may include an on-board cantina and robotic droid butlers. The article suggests a per person cost of $900-$1000

    April 15, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is report that Disney is “most definitely” building a Star Wars themed boutique resort.

    February 18, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that Disney is considering building a Star Wars themed resort.

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