Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World to permanently close

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Posted: Thursday May 18, 2023 3:20pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

After being in operation for just over a year, Walt Disney World's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will make its final voyage on September 28, 2023 and will then permanently close.


In announcing the closure, Disney told news outlets, "Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is one of our most creative projects ever and has been praised by our guests and recognized for setting a new bar for innovation and immersive entertainment. This premium, boutique experience gave us the opportunity to try new things on a smaller scale of 100 rooms, and as we prepare for its final voyage, we will take what we've learned to create future experiences that can reach more of our guests and fans."

Disney is contacting guests booked on the cancelled Starcruiser voyages and says it hopes to relocate Cast Members to other roles at Walt Disney World.

The official Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser website has been updated with a message confirming the the closure.

The final voyage for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will take place September 28-30, 2023. 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.

For Guests who previously booked a voyage on or after September 30, 2023, we will be contacting you soon to discuss your options and modify your plans. As we prioritize these Guests, at this time, new bookings are temporarily paused and will reopen on May 26, 2023.

Carrying a lofty price tag of around $5200 for the two-day, two-night experience, Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser launched on March 1 2022. After stronger-than-expected initial sales, Starcruiser bookings quickly stalled, forcing Disney to look to save costs and boost reservations.

Most recently, Disney began canceling voyages in the summer that had very few bookings, moving guests to other dates with a 50% discount for the inconvenience. Disney also offered various discounts, including Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club deals.

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SomePixieDust4 hours ago

I don’t think this hotel had a chance with the price and theme…i honestly wouldve preferred original trilogy characters if I’m gonna spend that type of money 🤔🤔

TrainsOfDisney5 hours ago

It worked this way in the 1990’s under Eisner…. Tough to be a Bug was written by Kevin Rafferty (WDI) while it was still being developed by Pixar so it could open with DAK the same year it was released.

JoeCamel8 hours ago

Imagine having to pay taxes on the retail of that......

danlb_20008 hours ago

I was just watching Wheel of Fortune and they gave away a stay on the Star Cruiser as a prize. Admittedly this was probably filmed several months ago.

The Empress Lilly10 hours ago

I assumed $5000 for 2 persons, two nights. So $2500 per night per room.

asianway12 hours ago

I’d say $$5500 is a good average per cabin

Bocabear13 hours ago

I feel like it is definitely that but not just the rooms... There would need to be a luxury wing to the indoor Space Pool and recreation center. People need down time in Space too..It can't be about shooting lasers and light saber play the entire time..... The main lobby and atrium needed to be more beautiful, larger, loftier spaces to overcome the perpetual night that the guests find themselves in while in the hotel... If the back story is this was a grand cruising ship, then it should not look like a cargo should have luxe should be a WOW! the second the shuttle doors open... not ...Oh...ok..... Between the videos we saw of the final product and the reviews, we said no way... A large part of that was based on what we all saw...when the "set" for this Star Wars Hotel is that underwhelming, why would we pay those prices to stay in a windowless box?

AshaNeOmah13 hours ago

Am I missing something with the $2500? Double occupancy for a room is closer to $5000. So you'd have $182M as your floor for revenue if 100% occupancy was met every voyage. You'd might get to $200M with other purchases onboard.

FettFan18 hours ago

Please tell me that the Yuuzhan Vong sacked it, loaded it full of captured space-yuppies, and sent it crashing into a Star as a sacrifice to their pantheon of gods.

Fido Chuckwagon22 hours ago

Because if there’s one thing that’s going to get me on a vacation, it’s knowing that my little boy can role play as a space nazi!

some other guy1 day ago


MagicHappens19711 day ago

The ship actually gets destroyed shortly after the 275th Anniversary Voyage (the one the story is set in) in canon.

WorldExplorer1 day ago

Is the ship shuttered after a bit over a year in canon too now?

Screamface1 day ago

The core issue as I see it is that they compromised on the hotel rooms. They decided everyone would be too busy LARPING and barely be in them. So made them too basic. Maybe there's a way with stripping back a lot of the role-play stuff it could work as a budget hotel.