AttractionsThe Star Wars-themed hotel in Orlando is set to close its doors after just one year of operation.

Disney's Star Wars hotel sets course for closure

Despite receiving positive feedback from guests, the immersive Star Wars hotel will shut down in September 2023.
Despite receiving positive feedback from guests, the immersive Star Wars hotel will shut down in September 2023. Photo Credit: Disney

Star Wars fans will soon be deprived of a Star Wars themed vacation, or a Darth vacay if you will. In a move to cut costs across its entertainment and parks businesses, Walt Disney Co has announced the closure of its immersive Star Wars-themed hotel, "Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser," in Orlando. The hotel, which opened just a year ago, will shut down in September this year.

While Disney did not provide a specific reason for the closure, the decision aligns with the company's cost reduction plans announced by chief executive Bob Iger in February. With a goal to make its streaming TV business profitable, Disney aims to reduce costs by US$5.5 billion.

The Star Wars-themed hotel, known for its unique and immersive experience, received mixed reactions from fans. Some Star Wars enthusiasts expressed concerns about the high cost of staying at the Starcruiser, with bookings starting at US$4,800 for two guests. Despite this, the experience was praised by guests for its innovation and immersive entertainment.

The hotel was previously launched with much anticipation in Spring 2022, offering guests a two-night stay on the Halcyon starcruiser. With simulated launch pods and themed rooms, guests could immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe, interact with characters, and embark on personalised storylines that included activities like light saber training.

The unique hotel experience combined elements of immersive theatre, themed environments, culinary indulgence, and real-life role-playing games. Guests could choose their own path, aligning with the light side or dark side of the Force, and engage in missions on the planet of Batuu.

The final "voyage" aboard the starcruiser will occur from 28-30 September.

The closure of the Starcruiser is part of Disney's broader cost-cutting strategy, which also includes the cancellation of plans to build a nearly US$1 billion corporate campus in Florida. The decision comes amidst changing business conditions and a dispute with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

However, Disney assures guests of its ongoing commitment to creating memorable experiences in its parks. The company plans to leverage the lessons learned from the Starcruiser to develop future experiences that can reach a wider audience.

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