I am a Disney Fan. And I grew up watching Star Wars.
I am all in on the Disney vacations, and Star Wars Themed rides.
I will disclose that I was a Disney employee for fifteen years. As an employee, I received passes to the parks and a discount on Disney lodging. That made going all-in on the Disney vacations affordable for us.
When my kids were growing up, we were frequent Disney vacationers. Thanks to the discounts and thanks to them loving all the era's cartoons from Aladdin to Tarzan, those vacations are some of my fondest memories.
We stayed at resorts themed for movies, music, the Pacific Northwest, Africa, New Orleans, and Key West. News of a new resort is big for the experienced Disney vacationer.
This week Disney World in Florida released details about its newest vacation destination, Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser Hotel. It’s set to open in 2022.
Here's how the new resort is described on the Walt Disney World website, “You and your group will embark on a first-of-its-kind Star Wars adventure that's your own. It's the most immersive Star Wars story ever created — one where you live a bespoke experience and journey further into a Star Wars adventure than you ever dreamed possible.”
Apparently, you stay at this resort for two nights, and while there, you’re the hero of a Star Wars themed story. Lightsabers, galactic entertainment, and characters abound to make you feel like you're an officer in the Rebel Alliance, a Jedi Knight, or a scruffy nerf herder. Whatever floats your X-wing Starfighter. This luxury space cruiser experience even extends to the view. When you look out the window, you see “space.”
It's designed to be so immersive that Disney has had to issue a disclaimer to potential guests that they won't actually be going to outer space. (Phew, because my space passport is expired.)
The website declares that guests will, See it. Feel it. Live it.
But you'll also pay for it, through the nose. The price of such immersion is a cool $4,809 in Earth dollars for the two nights. This also includes admission to Hollywood Studios and all your meals. But it doesn't include a space beer or other galactic cocktail. And that's just for a party of one. If you bring a rag-tag bunch of rebels like your kids and spouse, you're looking at close to 6K. I can only assume the target market for this experience is Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.
Honestly, if I'm going to fork over 5-thousand dollars for something other than replacing a roof on my house, I expect Mark Hammill to carry my luggage to the room and Harrison Ford to serve me said galactic cocktail. (These services are not listed on the website, so I'm assuming that's not included.)
I know there will be die-hard fans who scrimp and save to book this trip. May the force be with you all. But, alas, unless I become a power broker on the level of Jabba the Hutt, win the lottery or discover gold rocks in our backyard, the price of this Disney vacation will remain in a galaxy far, far away.