While Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is already open at Disneyland in California, ones of its most immersive attractions, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel is still under construction. The model, the plans, and the concept art for the attraction look suitably impressive, but they're not as surprising as the estimated price tag for a 2-night 3-day stay in a standard cabin, which starts at $3300 USD, which seems out of reach for the average family of Star Wars fans.
However, Disney may be planning to pitch the Star Wars Hotel as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that's perfect for the ultimate geeky honeymoon.
At first glance, this might sound odd, since the concept art revealed at D-23 is brimming with young guests running around the resort, engaging with Chewbacca and practicing their lightsaber skills. If anything, the Star Wars hotel looks more like a luxury family destination than a traditional honeymoon experience. However, the name of the hotel and the current structure of the immersive stay could be far more suited for newlyweds than for families with kids.
The name of the hotel's titular spaceship, the Halcyon, has inherently romantic connotations. The name derives from Greek mythology, where a pair of doomed lovers where transformed into halcyon birds after experiencing Zeus' wrath.
The name of the Halcyon's fictional Starcrusier line, Chandrila Starline, may also be a subtle clue about its intended audience. In Star Wars lore, Chandrila became the first capital of the New Republic after the fall of the Empire. That city was where Princess Leia and Han Solo had Ben Solo during the relatively brief period without war in the halcyon days of the Galaxy.
Beyond that, the extravagant pricing and the deeply individualized experience of Starcruiser Halcyon seems marketed more to adults than kids. The set stay of two nights and three days and the design of the hotel will give guests a chance to live a personalized Star Wars story within the confines of the ship. They might be able to visit Batuu: Galaxy’s Edge on Port Day, mimicking a real cruise, but in theory, guests won’t have to leave the ship at all to leave the premises.
“From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire," said Bob Chapek, Disney's Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products in an official statement. "It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”
With that promise, the Starcruiser Halcyon seems like a slightly lower tech take on Westworld where isolated corners and extravagant prices give attendees totally unique comprehensive escapist fantasies.
If the Halcyon’s main targets were families, ’t the immersive experience would likely be a little less time-intense, to encourage the exploration of the other Disney parks. Three days and two nights are a long time for children to be locked up in a single building, especially one in the middle of Disneyland.
While the price tag is still high, it's also in line with the Disney Cruise 3-night packages for two adults, although it also has the relative advantage of keeping seasickness and storms out of the equation.
With all of that in mind, this isolated fantasy experience seems designed for adult Star Wars fans willing to pay a premium price for a special occasion. For geeky couples, Starcruiser Halcyon seems designed to give them a honeymoon that's truly out of this world.