- Construction of the long-awaited “Star Wars” hotel is underway at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and it’s not just a hotel, it’s an experience.
- The hotel will make fans feel like they are on a giant ship called Halcyon.
- Insider was on hand at the 2019 D23 Expo when former Disney Parks President Bob Chapek and Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Producer and Creative Director Ann Morrow Johnson explained to fans what to expect.
- The two-day, two-night experience will make fans feel like they are boarding a real spaceship and allow them to make loyalties with the cast, crew and other passengers. You will also have the opportunity to train with a lightsaber.
- Insider received new mock-up designs of what one of the cabins in the hotel will look like.
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is building a “Star Wars” hotel. First announced in 2017, the long-awaited experience, called “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser,” will open its doors in 2021.
At Disney’s D23 Expo in August 2019, Insider learned all about the two-day, two-night “Star Wars” adventure that fans will enjoy aboard a giant ship named Halcyon.
“Once on board, you will navigate the galaxy for two days and two nights as you become the hero of your own ‘Star Wars’ adventure,” said Bob Chapek, former Disney Parks president, at the Disney Parks presentation at the Downtown. Anaheim Convention Center.
Chapek called it the most “immersive” experience they have ever imagined for the parks, comparing it to one of the company’s Disney cruises.
Read on to see everything we learned about Halcyon.
The “Star Wars” hotel will make you feel like you are in a giant spaceship.
Disney Parks showcased a giant model of the ship that fans will “board” at the D23 Expo
Here’s how it looked from the showroom floor:
To be clear, the “Star Wars” hotel will not be in the shape of the ship above. Instead, when fans are inside the hotel, they will be led to believe that they are at the Halcyon.
The model of the ship was featured alongside the Millennium Falcon to show just how huge in scale it is supposed to feel.
The hotel stay is two days and two nights and it feels a lot like a Disney cruise.
“The other guests will board and depart together,” said Chapek.
Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Producer and Creative Director Ann Morrow Johnson described Halcyon’s trip exactly as one of Disney’s cruises.
“We want to create a cruising experience that everyone can enjoy,” said Johnson. “Whether that means relaxing and watching the stars go by or immersing yourself in every action-packed activity on board.”
How does all this work?
After checking into the hotel at a terminal, groups are taken to a “launch capsule” that will take them into space.
“Through the window upstairs, you will see stars whiz by until you see the star cruiser in the distance,” Johnson said. “It gets closer and closer until you connect with the Halcyon.”
After docking, guests will pass through a set of doors and head into a giant atrium to begin their journey.
You will be able to see the space from all the hotel rooms
Every time you look out a window, you can see a galaxy far, far away.
“Here, you’ll spend the next two days and two nights living aboard the spacecraft and it comes with everything from an alien crew to the fact that absolutely every window has a view into space,” Johnson said.
According to Johnson, you won’t see the same thing over and over again when you look out your windows. The scenes outside the window will continue to change during your stay.
A Walt Disney World representative shared two new mockups of the starship’s cabins with Insider this week.
They are not necessarily representative of the final look of the room, but they still give an idea of what fans can expect.
A window space display and monitor can be seen inside the room to show how far away visitors are from their trip to Batuu.
Guests can have individual experiences aboard the Halcyon
In 2017, it was announced that all guests will experience their own journey at the hotel. That is still the case.
At the D23 Expo, Johnson said he will meet some new “Star Wars” characters during his stay. You can also see some familiar faces like Rey and Chewbacca.
Not only will you be able to interact with the cast and crew of “Star Wars,” but you will also be able to interact with other passengers aboard the star cruiser.
“Because this is ‘Star Wars,’ you may suspect that not everything will go according to plan,” Johnson said.
“Be careful who you make loyalties to because the decisions you make affect the course of your journey and ultimately determine how your ‘Star Wars’ story unfolds,” he added.
During your stay, you will be able to try a lot of activities and gastronomic experiences on board.
If you’ve ever wanted to do more than just wield a lightsaber and use it, you’ll finally be able to do it on board.
“For the first time, children and adults alike will be able to face a training remote while wielding a lightsaber,” said Johnson.
The piece of concept art seen above shows a young woman practicing her Jedi skills as Luke Skywalker in “A New Hope.”
Guests will also be able to visit work areas of the ship, where they will learn how to navigate and how to defend it.
“While the Halcyon never anticipates any galactic conflict, these defense abilities could come in handy later on,” Johnson said.
You can also discover hidden spaces on board the ship. Johnson says this will be where members of the secret allegiance will hold meetings or where guests can be called upon to become heroes.
Guests aboard the Halcyon will be able to travel to Disney World’s newest themed land, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”
Guests can leave the Halcyon on the ship’s “embarkation day” to visit Planet Batuu at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
There you can visit the Millennium Falcon, build your own droid and lightsaber, and try the park’s impressive ride, Rise of the Resistance, which is one of the best attractions in the park.
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