Disney struggling to fill 100-room, $5,000 ‘Star Wars’ hotel

Guests who check the “start planning your voyage” page will nearly have their pick of dates through the second half of 2022. Almost every day in August, September, October, November and December is available. There are still “voyages” in June and July, too, including a number of weekends. According to the page, availability information was last updated Saturday at 11:16 am Eastern Standard Time.

The immersive “Star Wars” experience opened March 1. For two adults, the starting price is about $5,000. For three adults and one child, it’s nearly $6,000. Guests must book a two-night stay, which includes admission to Hollywood Studios on the second day to visit the “Star Wars” land Galaxy’s Edge there.

Maggie Duckworth, of St. Louis, poses as Asajj Ventress as the first passengers arrive for the two-day Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser on March 1.

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Reviews have generally been positive, with some caveats. Most reviewers noted people who aren’t willing to let go of self-consciousness and engage fully in the storylines probably won’t find the experience worth it. The hotel is supposed to replicate a galactic cruise liner called the Halcyon, and lodgings are small and only have windows looking out onto a screen replicating outer space. Reviewers likened them to a “windowless bunker” and a “suburban junior high school built in the mid-1970s.” It also lacks the amenities usually expected in hotels at this price point, like a pool and spa.

Singer, songwriter and galactic superstar Gaya performs as the first passengers experience the two-day Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, which is a live-action role-playing game that doubles as a high-end hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Singer, songwriter and galactic superstar Gaya performs as the first passengers experience the two-day Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, which is a live-action role-playing game that doubles as a high-end hotel in Orlando, Fla.

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A First Order loyalist takes control of the ship from captain Riyola Keevan, right center, at the ship's bridge as the first passengers experience the two-day Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

A First Order loyalist takes control of the ship from captain Riyola Keevan, right center, at the ship’s bridge as the first passengers experience the two-day Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

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Praise has been effusive for the character actors who populate the Starcruiser, however. Along with Rey, Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, guests meet a cast of cruise ship workers who encourage them to fight for the resistance and take on secret missions. Reviewers tend to agree that the astronomical cost is about paying for the experience, not the rooms themselves.

Guests looking to book the Galactic Starcruiser cannot do so online. They must call 407-939-1800.



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