With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening on Thursday, Aug. 29, in Disney World Resort Orlando's Hollywood Studios, the theme park giant is about to unleash an unprecedented attraction. Disney revealed some key details this past Sunday during the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, especially concerning the new hotel — dubbed Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser -- that will be at the heart of the experience.
Guests will enjoy a two-night itinerary, arriving and departing at the same time, like on a cruise. Only this cruise sails out into space aboard the Halcyon, a "starcruiser known throughout the galaxy for its exotic destinations," according to Disney. Guests will board a launch pod and gape through windows as they seemingly leave the world behind and head into a fully immersive Star Wars universe.
During the voyage, guests will dine onboard, spend the night in space-themed cabins and visit the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu and more. Throughout the experience, participants will be encouraged to create their own personal adventure via themed activities and interactions with characters like Chewbacca, a crew of "aliens" and other passengers, thus becoming part of their own Star Wars saga.
Details about the hotel -- rates, number of rooms, amount of meeting space -- are yet to come. However, Disney did note that every room will have a view via digital screens looking out into the galaxy. In addition, the company said guests will be able to "discover hidden spaces deep in the mechanics of the ship perfect for holding meetings."
Beyond Star Wars, Disney mentioned a multitude of additional park and resort updates across its campuses, including a Moana-themed attraction (left) as part of the redevelopment of Epcot; a Mary Poppins ride; a Cirque du Soleil production to premiere in spring 2020, and the digital "Disney Genie" bot that will customize itineraries for thrill seekers and foodies alike, automatically making dining reservations and securing Fast Passes.
Groups meeting in Anaheim's Disney California Adventure will be able to enjoy an Avengers Campus debuting in 2020. The land will feature Disney's first-ever Spider Man attraction as well as Pym Test Kitchen, where visitors will learn culinary skills and the latest technologies to grow (and shrink!) food.