Disney World's Star Wars Hotel is Closing Down: What You Need to Know
😱😱😱 You heard that right, Star Wars fans. The most epic hotel experience ever is shutting its doors for good this fall. Disney World's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the immersive two-night adventure that takes you to a galaxy far, far away, will take its final voyage on September 30, 2023.
👎👎👎 This is a huge bummer for anyone who dreamed of living like a Jedi, a Sith, or a smuggler on board the Halcyon starcruiser. The hotel opened in March 2022 and promised guests a one-of-a-kind jaunt. You could dress up in Star Wars garb, meet characters like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, learn how to use a lightsaber, and choose your side in the galactic conflict.
💰💰💰 But there was a catch: the hotel was super expensive. Like, $1,200 per person per night expensive. That means a couple would pay almost $5,000 and a family of four would pay $6,000 for the whole experience. That's a lot of dough for a lot of people.
Why is Disney closing the Star Wars hotel?
🤷🤷🤷 Disney hasn't given a clear answer to why they are closing the Star Wars hotel. They said it was “a business decision” and that they will use what they learned to create future experiences for more guests and fans.
🔮🔮🔮 But some analysts have speculated that the hotel was a victim of its own ambition. It was too niche, too pricey, and too complex to appeal to a wide audience. It also faced challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected travel demand and consumer confidence.
😢😢😢 Disney also said that guests who booked the hotel loved it and gave it high ratings. But apparently, there weren't enough of them to keep it running.
What can you do if you still want to visit the Star Wars hotel?
🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️ If you still want to visit the Star Wars hotel before it closes, you better hurry up. There are still some dates available until September 30, but they are filling up fast. You can check availability and make reservations on Disney's website.
🙏🙏🙏 If you already booked a voyage on or after September 30, Disney will contact you to discuss your options or modify your plans.
👀👀👀 If you can't make it to the hotel before it closes, you can still enjoy some Star Wars action at Disney World's Hollywood Studios theme park. There, you can visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, a 14-acre land that recreates the planet of Batuu. You can ride attractions like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, shop for souvenirs at Black Spire Outpost, and sip on blue milk at Oga's Cantina.
What's next for Disney and Star Wars?
🚀🚀🚀 Disney hasn't given up on Star Wars yet. The company has several projects in the works for both movies and TV shows based on the popular franchise. Some of them include Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Ahsoka, The Book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian season 3, and Rogue Squadron.
😎😎😎 Disney also has other immersive experiences planned for its theme parks around the world. Some of them include Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort in California and Disneyland Paris, Zootopia-themed land at Shanghai Disneyland, Frozen-themed land at Hong Kong Disneyland, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot.
❓❓❓ What do you think of Disney closing the Star Wars hotel? Are you sad or mad? Do you think they will reopen it someday? Let us know in the comments below!