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Disney World closing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience

Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser interactive experience will shut down in September. (Disney/TNS)

Walt Disney World is pulling the plug on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, its two-night immersive experience that lets visitors pretend to be on an outer-space voyage amid sci-fi characters, foods and story line.

The last days of Starcruiser will be Sept. 28-30, the company announced Thursday afternoon. The project debuted to the public in March 2022.

“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,” a message on Disney World’s official website reads.

Disney will contact people who had booked a voyage for Sept. 30 and later to discuss options and alternative plans. New bookings are temporarily paused to deal with those changes, and bookings are scheduled to reopen May 26, Disney says.

Galactic Starcruiser, located near Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, was announced during D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, in 2017. Details trickled out from Disney over the years, a major one being the initial prices revealed in 2021. The “sample standard cabin rates” listed for a cabin with two guests, was a total of $4,809 for the two-night experience. That broke down to $1,209 per person per night.

Disney considers Starcruiser a premium experience with its 100 cabins. It comes with a “Star Wars” backstory with actors in place as well as optional audience participation in tasks and choosing sides between good and evil. Paying customers also receive light saber training.

Each cabin has a digitized view of the cosmos, and participants are served themed meals with intergalactic entertainment. The experience also includes an afternoon excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a land within Hollywood Studios, where the story line continues.

There are no immediate plans for the Starcruiser building, Disney said.


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