Closures are a constant in the Disney Parks experience. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. All Disney Fanatics are used to our favorite attractions closing down, whether for refurbishment, or in the case of Splash Mountain, in a more permanent way for a retheme to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and it’s part and parcel of being a Disney Park fan. Many times, on the announcement of a permanent closure, fans often express their appreciation for the closing ride, experience, or in some cases, a hotel.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Recently, Disney announced the closing of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel. Per Disney, it’s a “revolutionary 2-night experience where you are the hero… It’s the most immersive Star Wars story ever created—one where you live a bespoke experience and journey further into a Star Wars adventure than you ever dreamed possible.”
The experience allows Guests to interact with new and familiar Star Wars characters in previously unavailable ways, wield a lightsaber, explore the bridge, and so much more. It brought Guests aboard the ship, the Halcyon, and they could choose to join the First Order, fight alongside the Resistance, or even be Bounty Hunters.
On May 18, Disney announced it would be closing the hotel. While the closure announcement didn’t mention specific reasons, the price tag and inability to fill the hotel was a safe assumption. To have the immersive two-day experience, Guests had to shell out $4,809 for two people. The price only went up from there to $6,000 for four Guests. It was simply out of reach for many Guests.
After the closure announcement, many fans expressed a lack of surprise at the event, however, some fans took to social media to share their reviews of the experience, wanting to “dispel the negativity.”
Disney fan u/redgreenorangeyellow began the discussion on Reddit sharing, “The immersion was impeccable; the cast were awesome at staying in character and I loved interacting with them; the “main characters” delivered some of the best improv I’ve ever seen.” The Guest further detailed their experience and then added it was worth every penny, acknowledging they didn’t pay for it, their parents did.
Interestingly, many fans agreed with the OP’s review. Disney fan u/Robie_John shared, “You have an interesting take. I haven’t really seen anyone complaining about the experience itself. The complaints all revolve around how much money it costs.”
What stood out in all accounts was how attentive Cast Members to different Guests; one fan shared, “The cast members also did an incredible job gauging the degree to which people wanted to engage.”
However, as the fan had mentioned, many took Disney to task for how expensive the hotel was. Another fan agreed, “Everyone that I’ve heard went said it was a ton of fun, but I personally couldn’t ever see my family of four forking out 6 grand for 2 nights. That’s weeklong cruise money.”
Yet another chimed in, “Hell thats 6 months of rent for me.”
It’s certainly an unfortunate end to an experience many fans dearly cherished.