Disney has been spending a lot of time and energy promoting their ridiculously overpriced, two-day, Star Wars LARPing experience in a themed hotel called the Halcyon aka the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. They released a video a few days ago and it did not go well.
How overpriced is it?
These are the starting prices:
2 Guests per cabin – $1,209 per guest/per night or $4,809 total.
3 Guests per cabin (2 Adults/1 Child) $889 per guest/per night or $5,299 total.
4 Guests per cabin (3 Adults/1 Child) $749 per guest/per night or $5,999 total.
Let me remind you this is for a stay that is indeed “2-nights” but you check in at 1PM day 1 and are out by 9:30 AM Day 3. It isn’t even two full days!
Recently a video was released that featured Imagineer Ann Morrow Johnson and The Goldbergs’ sitcom actor Sean Giambrone that showed the actual area.
HOWEVER THEY TOOK IT DOWN after people responded in a less than stellar way!
Disney took the look at the hotel people were paying for DOWN.
Not a good look.
But it’s still out there as some YouTubers reacted to it!
Here’s a look at the reaction by Star Wars Theory:
Here’s what Gizmodo said about it:
“The two take a very short tour of the Starcruiser, but instead of them just talking like normal people about what people who come to the Halcyon can expect, it’s scripted and painfully unfunny. You’ve been warned. But this video also raises an important question, which is: Disney wants $6,000 for this?”
Now allegedly the hotel is booked up for months. As we’ve been saying, this hotel is an experience that if people go, it will be likely be a once and done type thing.
But if being booked equates to good, then I’m going to point out that Fyre Festival was well booked too.
Part of the entertainment is Gaya which is giving me Fifth Element vibes something fierce.
— Brooke Geiger McDonald (@BrookeGMcDonald) November 29, 2021
It wasn’t just me that thought so:
— Mark (@da_kine_awakens) November 29, 2021
$6,000-$10,000 for two nights https://t.co/d9j7LUUV1n
— The World Famous Skipper Ben (@Backside_Water) November 29, 2021
I feel like this would be fantastic in a Star Wars restaurant in the theme parks but at a minimum of $5K being dropped on a 2 night stay everything about this hotel is just showing Disney are cheaping out
— Ryan Ogilvie 🎅🎄☕️🎄🎅 (@ryanogs) November 29, 2021
You mean, slowly spinning through cold, dead space forever??? pic.twitter.com/CkEWWgPO7b
— Justin Silverman (@JustySilverman) November 30, 2021
Who the hell is this chick??
— Steven Martinez (@marti0918) November 29, 2021
Why do all the marketing shots of Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser make it look more Launch Bay than Galaxys Edge? I ask this as someone who is 1. invested (we have a reservation) and 2. very excited about the idea.
— Peter Sciretta (@PeterSciretta) November 29, 2021
I know many were comparing the hallways and the ship more to Star Trek than Star Wars.
Disney thinks that Star Wars has two aesthetics a Moroccan flea market and Star Trek. It’s like they are trying to hit every sci-fi look they can and like a stormtrooper they keep missing the target.
Some of the concept art did feel Star Wars to me, but not in what I’ve seen on the video.
I have to keep reminding myself that TWDC is a mega corporation who does oodles of market research and feasibility testing and would not build something so disconnected from guests wants, needs, and desires (even if they are affluent).
— KRIS MEETS W🌎RLD (@krismeetsworld) November 29, 2021
— Saltier Than Crait Official (@SaltierThnCrait) December 4, 2021
Previously I mentioned that it’s booked up for months. This was the same thought I had on that subject.
I love the ambition of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and want it to be a long-term success, but I’m confused by mainstream marketing of an expensive, boutique experience that’s already sold out for months. Is this going to accomplish anything positive, or set up disappointment?
— Tom Bricker (@Tom_Bricker) November 29, 2021
“Here’s this AWESOME new thing we have lined up for 2022!!!! But you cannot book it, nor could you afford even if it were available.”
(Not saying it shouldn’t be marketed, but maybe more targeted than an ABC special?)
— Tom Bricker (@Tom_Bricker) November 29, 2021
Since the beginning when we were hearing pricing on this “experience” we were a bit concerned. It prices out a lot of people and much of what they are now charging for was supposed to be included in Galaxy’s Edge. That was scrapped and ended up in a massively upcharged hotel.
But what concerns me the most now is that Disney took the video down. The hotel is already scheduled to open on March 1, 2022 so it’s a bit late to change it all now. Unless they are hoping to bury it so people don’t cancel trips and / or forget what they saw.
To be fair we only saw a couple parts of the experience. They haven’t shown us too much about various things like character interactions and lightsaber training and so on. It’s possible other aspects are better.
But it’s not a good look or an encouraging thing that they took the video down.
I think a lot of people are going to wait for reviews because that is a lot of money to lay down for something that isn’t good. I would suggest listening to reviews from those that aren’t on Disney’s shill team. If they like it, then I have more faith that it’s truly worth the cost.
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