Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel pushes ahead for 2021 opening

by Tharin White

Even with delays and closures this year, Disney is still eager to debut the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort hotel experience in 2021. This two-night immersive stay will be unlike any hotel before. With proximity to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the promise of an immense assortment of characters, and the immersion made possible by Walt Disney Imagineers, this hotel will truly be out of this world.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser resort hotel with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge mountain spires in the background.

Seen from the nearby road, the hotel appears quite plain on the outside, but Disney isn’t worried about outward appearances for this endeavor. Everything that truly matters is inside those walls. This multi-day hotel will be as immersive as it is expensive.

Entrance to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

This view gives us a look at one of the few parts of the hotel that guests will see from the outside. This entrance, which many have claimed looks like a coffin from previous helicopter photo updates, will be where guests valet their vehicles. While not confirmed, it is highly rumored that this resort will only offer valet options. Due to the high cost and need for immersion, guests will drop their car off here and head inside to begin their adventure.

Aerial photo of Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser by Bioreconstruct on Twitter
Photo by Bioreconstruct on Twitter

This shot gives us an updated aerial view of the hotel. It also helps explain the coffin look for the entrance. Guest rooms will be placed in the smaller portion of the main building in the back, whereas the eateries and interactive areas will be focused in the central square structure. It also appears that even guests will come from the Hollywood Studios cast member parking lot to get to the hotel. This will expose the unfinished side of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge buildings to guests who are coming to the hotel. You can see some of those buildings in the top right portion of the image.

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser room

The hotel rooms will be fully enclosed with virtual windows looking out toward the planet of Batuu. These rooms will be decked out in Star Wars theming, with specialty beds, lighting and graphics.

Star wars hotel exterior

We can see these rooms from the outside, but the confusing aspect of this is the inclusion of windows. If this is an immersive hotel, how do windows fit in? Clearly guests won’t be looking toward World Drive or a parking lot, so what function do they have?

Star hotel windows reveal open steel

If we zoom in and significantly increase the brightness, we can partially see into these windows. From this view, we can see construction lights and structural steel. While this doesn’t answer the window question, it does let us know that beyond these walls the hotel is still covered in steel.

Star Wars hotel blueprints
Hotel blueprints saved from online Florida database by Theme Park Insider

Looking at hotel blueprints, which were found online and saved by Theme Park Insider, we can see that the rooms go directly to the exterior walls. Perhaps these windows will be used as a nature-made lightning source whose origin will be hidden within the room’s walls.

Steel structure for boarding custom busses to go to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

At the central square portion of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, we can see this curved steel structure. This is the area most believed to be used to have guests board specially-designed busses. These busses will have custom simulator technology inside and won’t look like busses at all once guests board. Instead, guests will appear to be on a transport ship for a short excursion to the planet of Batuu. These busses will secretly take guests to a backstage area of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. From there, guests will disembark into the land.

By using speciality busses, simulator technology and dropping off in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will never lose immersion, even when traveling to a theme park. Guests who choose to stay in the land and return back to the hotel will always be in a Star Wars story.

Backside of coffin entrance for Star Wars hotel.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser still has some work ahead of it, but with it being September now and 2021 not too many months away, we should expect work to continue swiftly. A finalized roof and the start of more exterior theming will likely be our next progress marker. For now, we will keep our eye out for details involving what could be the most incredible hotel experience ever.

Even with the potentially high price tag, will you be among the first to book this new Star Wars experience? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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Vince September 21, 2020 - 8:44 pm

What function do the windows have? How about meeting fire code.

El santo rojo September 22, 2020 - 2:18 pm

I hope to have enough money to be able to take this star cruiser for a trip, my alter ego jedi master santo rojo, is looking forward to it , may the force be with us.

Georgia R. September 22, 2020 - 9:08 pm

My son and I have been saving up for this ever since it was announced!! We can hardly stand the wait!! Some how, some way, we will get a reservation for the Starcruiser. My travel agent is on high alert!

JennVP September 23, 2020 - 8:24 am

If it is as amazing as the Rise, which it sounds like it could very well be, I definitely will be following in hopes that I can be able to afford to take my family to experience this creative vacation escape from this world. It is going to be one a Star Wars fan family will put on the top of vacation destination plans! Wonder how long the wait list will be at opening and the ease of booking.

Sarah Lynch November 30, 2020 - 1:39 am


Matt Roseboom November 30, 2020 - 8:49 am

Sorry, we won’t have any new photos or information in the next issue, but we for sure will in a future issue.


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