Disney shutting down Star Wars 'immersive' hotel after just over a year of operation

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Disney announced Thursday they are shutting down the Star Wars Galactic Starcuiser hotel in September. According to their website, for guests who booked a room at the Walt Disney World Florida resort for after September 30th, 2023, Disney will be contacting them to discuss their options. 

A statement from Disney read, “The final voyage for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will take place September 28-30, 2023.” It continued, “We are so proud of all of the Cast Members and Imagineers who brought Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to life and look forward to delivering an excellent experience for Guests during the remaining voyages over the coming months. Thank you to our Guests and fans for making this experience so special.

Currently, Disney is not accepting new bookings for the hotel but will begin again on May 26th. 

“Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a revolutionary 2-night experience where you are the hero. You and your group will embark on a first-of-its-kind Star Wars adventure that’s your own.” Their website explained. “Arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort terminal, board a launch pod, and rendezvous with the magnificent Halcyon starcruiser. Stay in a cabin or suite with an exquisite view of space. Throughout the ship, you’ll interact with an eclectic collection of characters, sit down to exotic galactic cuisine and perhaps even plot a secret mission together.”

Disney was immediately accused of price gouging as rooms cost between $5,000 and $20,000 a night. Interest waned, and they had to scale back their “voyages” to two times a week. It was reported that Disney had trouble booking all 100 rooms. 

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney currently has no plans for what to do with the Starcruiser building. 

The announcement comes after the Central Flordia Tourism Oversight District board filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company earlier this month to void a development deal that they say “Disney covertly cobbled together a series of eleventh-hour deals with its soon-to-be-replaced puppet government,” to “ stymie Florida’s elected representatives.”

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