Could Abandoned Disney World Hotel Be Making Room for Something Else?

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Disney World is home to several different resorts and hotels for guests to choose from.

Walt Disney World hotels have their own unique charm and theme, allowing guests to choose an experience that resonates with their interests and preferences. When Disney guests plan a stay at a Disney hotel, they can choose what theme, size of room, and much more when picking the perfect Disney Resort.

Guests looking for animals on the horizon can stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, or guests hoping to spot the fireworks from Cinderella Castle can stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Disney guests can also stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and many more Disney hotels to choose from.


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Goodbye, Star Wars Hotel

While Disney World sees thousands of guests daily, one Disney hotel had to close its doors. Fans believe it was too expensive or only for certain guests. Disney’s Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser opened on March 1, 2022, and on September 30, 2023, it took its last voyage. 

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser offered a “fully immersive experience” designed to make guests feel like they are aboard a luxury starship in the Star Wars universe. When guests enter the terminal, they are treated as a passengers on the Halcyon, a Chandrila Star Line starcruiser. The attention to detail is impeccable, from the authentic Star Wars-themed decor to the cast members in costume who stay in character throughout your stay.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

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The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was designed to complement Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Guests of the Star Cruiser got exclusive access to Galaxy’s Edge, allowing for a seamless transition between the two experiences.

A Disney Resort Replacement?

With this Resort closing, this leaves guests wondering what will take its spot.

Many guests and fans speculate that Disney may repurpose the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience into something else in the future. Disney also has a history of allowing unsuccessful ventures to remain inactive.

Disney is known for the significant investments in its projects and the substantial costs. Examples of this can be seen in cases like River Country, Discovery Island, and the Wonders of Life Pavilion, all of which were eventually left unused and unchanged.

Will this happen to Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser? Well, in a social media post, fans have cracked the code to what will be replacing it.

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Drum roll, please… Tiana from Princess and the Frog will take over the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, at least according to one guest’s hilarious joke.

Star Cruiser just closed and man, they wasted no time with the replacement.

Star Cruiser just closed and man, they wasted no time with the replacement
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Related: A Case Against Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and For Something Else…

Why the mention of Princess Tiana? Well, this Disney Princess is on the verge of taking over Frontierland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom with its replacement of the iconic Splash Mountain attraction. Gone is the former Song of the South theme for the popular water ride. Disney is welcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in its place, which is set to open in 2024.

But of course, any transformation of the former Star Wars Hotel will be difficult, as some Disney fans called the hotel a prison due to having no windows:

“Kind of hard with no windows, pool, or any other outside ambiance. Unless they theme it to a Supermax Prison.”

What Do You Recommend?

While we are still unsure what will happen to Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, we would love to hear what you are hoping to take its place.

I personally am hoping for a Figment hotel with that lovable purple dragon messing with guests’ rooms. One can find a dream, can’t they?


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Disney will face an uphill battle because of the limited space that the Galactic Starcruiser has, but many believe it may simply be turned into a luxury Star Wars-themed hotel. For now, though, we’ll just have to wait and see.

What are your top recommendations for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser’s replacement? Let us know in the comments! 

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

One comment

  1. A Haunted Mansion themed hotel