Disney Reveals Galactic Starcruiser Pricing
The Walt Disney Company doesn’t open new resorts very often. But, whenever it does, each one is a big deal, as demonstrated by the passion for Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Still, even allowing for that, one upcoming hotel towers about every other recent project and is legitimately the biggest deal since 1971’s Walt Disney World resorts.
I’m talking about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the new “interstellar cruise” that never leaves Orlando.
Disney just revealed pricing for this resort, along with some other details. Here’s what we know.
Guests will book a multi-night hotel stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Then, they’ll check in at Galactic Starcruiser Terminal.
From here, Disney Imagineers will simulate a star jump as your launch pod enters hyperspace.
After a brief interval, you’ll notice the Halcyon, a Starcruiser, off in the distance. That’s your destination for your trip, as it’s the vacation vessel for your voyage.
You’ll notice that I’ve made no mention of cars or buses or the like. This is because Disney will treat Galactic Starcruiser like a fully immersive experience.
Once you arrive at the resort, you will suspend disbelief and accept that you’re traveling on a luxury cruise ship on an intergalactic voyage.
The key phrase there is “luxury cruise ship,” as Disney will price Galactic Starcruiser as if you’re one of the wealthiest Jedi who ever lived.
For this princely sum of money, you’ll get to live out a live-action role-playing experience unlike any other.
Once you board your cruise ship, you’ll receive an offer from The Resistance to become a member.
Of course, you must leave your room first, something you may not want to do.
Disney has themed the hotel rooms as “cabins” like you’d find on a cruise ship.
More importantly, the interior view from the cabin mimics the one you’d find in outer space.
Basically, it’s a wall-sized HDTV that broadcasts images of interstellar configurations from the Star Wars universe.
Depending on the time of day, your view will change to show various planets, suns, and nebulas. It sounds breathtaking and a bit overwhelming.
You may forget at times that you’re a human being vacationing at Disney.
Disney feels confident that loyal fans will happily pay any price for an unprecedented vacation like this. So, management has priced Galactic Starcruiser accordingly.
Since guests stay in cabins, occupancy and pricing work similarly to (Earth) cruise ships.
As such, you must book for three days and two nights. You cannot leave your cruise ship while you’re out at sea traveling through space, after all.
The cost for a double occupancy hotel room for two nights is…$4,809.
Yes, that’s $1,209 per guest per night. Unfortunately, being a dedicated Star Wars fan isn’t cheap.
The prices go up from there, too. A cabin for three guests (including one child) costs $5,299, which strikes me as a better value.
Disney only charges you another $490 to bring a kid with you to outer space, which is thoughtful of them.
If three adults and one child travel together in a cabin, the price is $5,999.
That sounds like a lot – which it is – but it’s only $750 per guest per night, which is way lower than double occupancy.
That’s not the strange part, though. Disney won’t allow guests to stay for more than two nights.
Imagineers have crafted this experience to tell a specific story that is time-sensitive. You’ll encounter aliens and memorable Star Wars characters.
At least once, you’ll touch down on Batuu, which means that you’ll enjoy an excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The catch is that you won’t be in complete control of the itinerary, as guests must stay on schedule, lest The First Order conquer the universe.
So, Disney encourages guests to book a split vacation stay.
Galactic Starcruiser from a DVC Perspective
The idea for Disney Vacation Club members would involve spending points for a few nights somewhere at Walt Disney World.
Then, you’d check out of that hotel and travel to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser for two nights. Afterward, you could switch hotels again or just go home.
You may hope that Disney adds a DVC component to this resort. I’ll be honest that this premise seems unlikely for the next several years, though.
Galactic Starcruiser only includes 100 rooms across three tiers. For this reason, Disney has already warned customers to keep their options open on available dates.
The company expects heavy first-year demand. As such, DVC options probably won’t happen until Disney meets initial demand.
Now, the company dramatically miscalculated the early rush for Galaxy’s Edge, leading to some embarrassing media headlines about small crowds.
So, anything’s possible here. Still, I feel confident that a split stay with DVC points and two nights at Galactic Starcruiser is your best vacation option for a while.