In March 2022, Disney launched one of its most immersive experiences yet — the much-hyped Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. This Star Wars-themed hotel put guests right in the middle of the intergalactic action with a two-night experience where they could interact with cast members playing the roles of various Star Wars characters. In addition, guests had access to food, shows, and other Star Wars-themed experiences.
Now, Disney has announced their Star Wars hotel will close for good in 2023. But when? Here's how much longer the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser will remain open for Disney fans to experience.
When will the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser close?
Many are categorizing the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser as a big-time fail for Disney, considering it has only been open to the public for a little over a year. The hotel will officially close its doors in September 2023.
"The final voyage for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will take place September 28-30, 2023," Disney announced in a statement. "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.
According to Disney, bookings for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser ceased May 26, 2023, at 4:30 pm ET.
Why is Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser closing?
Despite Disney putting their best foot forward with this project, the experience that was the Galactic Starcruiser was just too much for the average Disney customer to afford. The two-night stay started at upwards of $4,800 for two people. For a family of four, the cost was around $6,000. For the cost alone, Disney-goers could travel abroad to another park and experience way more.
In addition to the exorbitant cost, a stay at the Galactic Starcruiser was a one-and-done deal. During your stay, you're either recruited to help the evil First Order or the gutsy Resistance. That choice is available every time, so once you've gone twice and experienced both sides, there's really no reason to go back, limiting the hotel's chances of gaining repeat customers like the other hotels on Disney property.
So, come September, we'll say goodbye to this Star Wars experience. What will Disney put in place of the Galactic Starcruiser? Only time will tell.