Once Galactic Starcruiser Closes Its Doors, Will Guests Be Willing to Stay In a Less Immersive ‘Star Wars’ Hotel?

Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company announced that one of its most immersive experiences would be closing forever before the end of the year. We’re talking, of course, about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

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Unfortunately, we can’t say we’re entirely surprised. The intricately themed Star Wars hotel was a marvel of Walt Disney Imagineering, but there were a lot of blatant flaws from the start.

For one, the cost is nothing short of astronomical. For a party of two, the price is $4,809 for a 2-night experience in a standard. That cost only climbs once more people are added to the party.

Galactic Starcruiser

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Another flaw was the design of the experience itself. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser invited Guests into the world of Star Wars. Guests are encouraged to look and act the part, arriving in cosplay and LARPing (live-action role-playing) the entire time to live out their own Star Wars adventure.

While it may sound like a blast to one Star Wars fan, it can sound like a nightmare to another. Unfortunately, many fans who want to live out their own Star Wars story cannot afford to spend $5,000 to do so.

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Still, to close an entire Star Wars hotel and tear it down would mean a massive loss for Walt Disney World Resort. So many fans have begun wondering, will Walt Disney World reopen the Galactic Starcruiser hotel as a less-immersive Star Wars hotel?

If this is the company’s plan, there’s a lot of work to be done.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

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Truthfully, the Galactic Starcruiser looks nothing like a Walt Disney World Resort. The cabins are tiny, there are no windows, and there’s no pool. While this is great for an immersive Star Wars adventure, it’s a terrible setting for a Disney World Resort hotel.

In short, the natural appeal of the experience came from the immersive, interactive gameplay. Take that away, and Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser turns into a windowless, claustrophobic bunker.

What’s next for this failed Star Wars hotel? Only time will tell.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.