Woman’s FOUR-HOUR Takedown of Contentious Disney Attraction Is Going Viral

A group of people stand before an alien character in a dimly lit, futuristic room, reminiscent of something Jenny Nicholson might review aboard the Galactic Starcruiser. The alien, with green skin and dressed in colorful, elaborate attire, appears to be engaging with the group. Guests aboard the star wars galactic starcruiser
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At the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Disney announced that they would be bringing a brand-new Star Wars hotel to the Walt Disney World Resort. Two years later, they shared that the new hotel would be an immersive 2-night experience that would make guests a part of the Star Wars universe. Guests staying on the ship would only leave the hotel when they were transported to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge millennium Falcon

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The Galactic Starcruiser was supposed to open in 2021, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When more booking details were finally released, guests were shocked at the insane price tag. Two guests spending just two nights on the Halcyon — the name of the Starcruiser ship — cost nearly $5,000. Four guests sharing a room would pay as much as $6,000, again, for two nights.

Despite the good reviews from those who could actually afford to stay on the Galactic Starcruiser, it was an absolute failure. Shortly after the Starcruiser opened, Disney was already offering discounts on stays. Then, they ended up canceling multiple voyages because there were not enough guests.

Disney auditions

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The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser ended up closing in September 2023, less than two years after opening.

Now, months after the Starcruiser’s last voyage, one woman’s colossal takedown of the experience is going viral.

YouTuber Jenny Nicholson says that she paid more than $6,000 to stay aboard the immersive Halcyon. While she enjoyed the cast members’ performances and how much detail went into the hotel. However, that was about the only positive thing she had to say about the costly experience.

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According to Nicholson, despite the high price tag, the rooms that guests stayed in were incredibly cramped. On top of that, she said the technology did not always work, and guests were confused as to how their “roles” on the ship were supposed to work. Guests aboard the Halcyon could choose to join the Resistance or the First Order.

Nicholson also said that many guests were not sure what the point of the trip was. Was there an end game? How were they supposed to wrap up their role on the ship at the end of the second day?

Galactic Starcruiser

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Nicholson’s video is going viral, largely because more people are watching long-form videos. Even people who don’t care about Star Wars are finding themselves drawn to her in-depth criticism.

Her video comes right as Disney has been sharing more plans for expansion at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

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Anaheim city officials recently approved plans for a massive expansion project at The Happiest Place on Earth, DisneylandForward. The plans include expanding Disney California Adventure Park and even adding a third theme park!

Over at Walt Disney World, expansion plans are finally moving forward after a long battle between The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Disney’s biggest plan for the Florida theme park is a 14-acre expansion of the Magic Kingdom. Josh D’Amaro spoke about the expansion, saying that Imagineers were dreaming of what could be like beyond Big Thunder Mountain.

Have you watched the 4-hour takedown of the Galactic Starcruiser? Do you agree with Jenny? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

One comment

  1. If they di the MK ecoandion at WDW, I will probably be dead and buried before it is opened.

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