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Disney Chairman Josh D’Amaro Breaks Silence on Galactic Starcruiser’s Failure; Could the Offering Reopen?

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When it was announced that the Galactic Starcruiser would be closing, many Star Wars fans were heartbroken. As the final voyage drew to an end, visitors were enveloped in a bittersweet aura, knowing that their time within this captivating universe was coming to a close. As a historic and incredibly original Disney project, the Galactic Starcruiser’s closure sent shockwaves through the Disney Park community.

Since the Halcyon’s final voyage, many Disney fans were looking to theme park leaders to give comments on the devastating closer. Now, months after the boutique hotel experience was shuttered, Disney Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro has opened up about the closure.

Related: Month’s After Shutting Down, Disney’s ‘Galactic Starcruiser’ Returns to Fans- for FREE?

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A Bittersweet Announcement

The Galactic Starcruiser was an innovative and immersive experience that transported guests into the world of Star Wars like never before. From the moment you stepped on board, you were welcomed into a universe of galactic wonders and adventures. The ship itself, known as the Halcyon Starcruiser, was a marvel of design and technology, resembling a luxury spaceship straight out of the iconic franchise. Every detail, from the interior decor to the crew members’ costumes, was meticulously crafted to provide an authentic Star Wars experience.

During your stay, you could participate in various activities and experiences tailored to immerse you in the Star Wars universe. From lightsaber training sessions to interactive storylines that unfold throughout your journey, every moment on the Galactic Starcruiser is filled with excitement and adventure. Guests can even interact with beloved characters such as Chewbacca, adding an extra element of thrill to the experience.

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While this Walt Disney World Resort hotel was acclaimed for its immersive and interactive experience, many fans were turned off by the price per voyage. The Starcruiser cost a hefty $4,800 for a two-guest voyage that would last two days. Families of four shelled out $6,000 for their stay.

D’Amaro Speaks Out

When discussing the Galactic Starcruiser in a recent interview, D’Amaro explained that he felt the offering was hard to explain to guests. He said:

“This is something that had never been done before… It was difficult to even explain to the public, and I think it was incredibly brave for us to move into this space. … And this, to me, says Imagineering is still at its best today… Those learnings are being employed on the next experiences, which we haven’t even announced yet.”

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This perspective is quite interesting to hear, especially the part where he mentions that lessons from the Star Cruiser have been employed in new, not-yet-announced offerings. Since the Starcruiser shuttered in September, fans have been wondering what would be done with the hotel location. With millions invested in the project, it would seem wasteful not to reuse the land in some way.

One possibility for the old hotel could be to scale back on some of the interactive elements to produce a more cost-effective experience for consumers. Another would be to open up the Starcruiser for daytime experiences and dining reservations. While the future of this land is still very much cloudy, it is exciting to see D’Amaro tease new and unannounced experiences coming down the Disney pipeline. Whatever it is, we hope Disney has something very special in store for this piece of property.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

One comment

  1. D’Amaro said it was too hard to explain to guests?? Talk about not learning the lesson. A fake space 2 day cruise that costs double what a real 7 day cruise costs with a barely tangible connection to a beloved story saga property and the concept of a Sci fi space cruise was too hard a concept to explain to guests??
    They would have been much better off making a resort with a Star Wars themeing and had some of the Cruiser experiences there, then once the resort itself is making $$ take a section of the resort and make it a Cruiser experience for less money. Instead of taking the idea of a Star Wars cruise right at face value and running with it without examining the entire thing, they should have looked at it incrementally, worked out the experiences and the associated costs and what they could actually do. It’s not like they didn’t used to do that kind of thing, look at how the Haunted Mansion was initially conceived and eventually built to be.

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