You’ve heard of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, now get ready for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. That’s the official name of the immersive Star Wars hotel that’s currently under construction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, which was announced this week at a press preview for D23 2019.
However, that’s the name in our world. In a galaxy far, far, away the hotel is a starcruiser called the Halcyon, and it’s owned by a company called Chandrila Star Line.
Chandrila is the homeworld of Rebel leader — and eventual Chancellor of the New Republic — Mon Mothma, and the governmental hub of the New Republic in its earliest days after the battle of Endor was won in Return of the Jedi.
Although it’s now been years since Disney wiped the canonical Star Wars slate clean, one of its most fascinating periods—the time between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens—is still mostly left uncovered. But one section of it in particular is still fascinating: the New Republic itself as an organisation.
Here’s a model of the ship shown in comparison to the size of the Millennium Falcon. It’s unclear at this point how the hotel will appear on “land”.
As you can see by the teeny tiny Falcon next to it, the Halcyon is a very large Star Wars ship. And it has to be — the experience of staying at the hotel, according to Disney representatives, is going to mirror what it might feel like to take a cruise through space in the world of Star Wars.
What exactly that means, we don’t know, but some clues may be in these new pieces of concept art.
It looks as though you can drink and gamble and sleep, of course. It’s an “all-immersive adventure” that will, of course, include a stop at the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, AKA the Galaxy’s Edge area of Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Even though Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening while not 100 per cent complete, everywhere you look there’s something to see, something to explore, or something to do. And the best thing about Galaxy’s Edge is really the land itself. You walk in, and you instantly feel like you’ve left Disneyland in Anaheim, California and become immersed in the Star Wars universe.
Expect more details, such as possibly an opening date and costs, at the Disney Parks panel at the D23 Expo. We’ll be there to bring you the latest.