Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is permanently closing

Why is Disney World closing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser for good?

Guests exploring the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Walt Disney World Resort has set the final voyage of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

When will Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser close?

The entertainment resort complex in Florida announced last week that it is permanently closing its Star Wars-themed immersive experience this September. The final voyage of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is scheduled on September 28th-September 30th, 2023.

“Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is one of our most creative projects ever and has been praised by our guests and recognized for setting a new bar for innovation and immersive entertainment,” Disney said in the official statement revealing the upcoming closure of the attraction. “This premium experience gave us the opportunity to try new things on a smaller scale of 100 rooms, and we will take what we’ve learned to create future experiences that can reach more of our guests and fans.”

Disney added: “We are so proud of all of the cast members and Imagineers who brought Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to life and look forward to delivering an excellent experience for guests during the remaining voyages over the coming months.”

The entertainment giant said it will be contacting guests booked for voyages departing on or after September 30th to discuss their options and modify their plans. To prioritize these guests, Disney paused new bookings until May 26th.

Why is Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser closing for good?

Disney didn’t provide the reason for the impending closure of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, but a spokesperson for the company told CNN that it was “a business decision”. When asked what will happen to the building housing the futuristic experience, the rep said that Disney had “nothing to share [about it] at this time.”

However, Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) pointed out that the announcement of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser’s closure comes after months of disappointing occupancy. When the attraction launched over a year ago, bookings were reportedly at capacity for a while. Unfortunately, the current operations had reportedly reached a point where there were only enough guests to fill one dinner service.

The website added that low-occupancy cruises were being canceled, and rumor has it that Disney was opting not to renew the contracts of the entertainment cast. WDWNT also claims that Disney World has recently started to offer discounts to Disney Vacation Club members, suggesting that fewer people are booking the attraction.

What is Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser facade and entrance
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser facade and entrance

Opened on March 1st, 2022, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a three-day, two-night immersive experience where guests can live out their Star Wars fantasies.

Guests board the Halcyon starcruiser, a luxury vessel that travels to the outer reaches of the galaxy. Along the way, guests will meet new characters, learn about the history of the galaxy, and even participate in their own adventures. The experience is designed to be as immersive as possible, with guests interacting with the characters and the environment in a way that feels like they are actually part of the Star Wars universe.

Ouannii (center), a Rodian musician, greets guests outside the Sublight Lounge in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort
Ouannii (center), a Rodian musician, greets guests outside the Sublight Lounge in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Halcyon Starcruiser is a fully operational vessel, with all of the amenities that guests would expect from a luxury cruise ship. There are cabins and suites to choose from, a variety of dining options, and even a lightsaber training room. Guests can also explore the ship’s many decks, which are filled with shops, bars, and other attractions.

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience is not just about the ship itself. Guests will also have the opportunity to interact with a variety of characters, including some familiar faces from the Star Wars universe. These characters will help guests to learn about the history of the galaxy and to participate in their own adventures.

Here are some of the activities that guests can enjoy on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser:

  • Meet and interact with characters from the Star Wars universe
  • Learn about the history of the Star Wars galaxy
  • Participate in their own adventures
  • Explore the Halcyon starcruiser
  • Enjoy a variety of dining options
  • Relax in the ship’s many amenities

How much does Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser cost?

The cost of a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyage varies depending on the number of guests in your party, the type of cabin you choose, and the dates of your voyage. The starting price for a two-night, two-day voyage is $4,809 for a cabin that sleeps two guests. The price increases for larger cabins and for voyages that take place during peak travel times.Here is a breakdown of the prices for a two-night, two-day voyage on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser:

  • Cabin for 2 guests: $4,809
  • Cabin for 3 guests: $5,299
  • Cabin for 4 guests: $5,999
Standard cabin rates at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Standard cabin rates at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

In addition to standard cabins, guests can also reserve larger rooms, such as the Galaxy Class Suite that sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms. There’s also the even larger Grand Captain Suite, which sleeps up to eight guests at a higher price point.

These prices do not include the cost of food, drinks, or souvenirs. Guests are responsible for paying for these items on top of the cost of their voyage.

A cabin room at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
A cabin room at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

How to book a voyage on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

To book a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyage, you can call Disney directly at (407) 939-1800 or book online at the Walt Disney World website. But as mentioned above, new bookings are paused until May 26th.

Sources: CNN, Walt Disney World News Today
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