Demand for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser seems to have stalled, with no sold-out dates on the slate in 2023 and many dates still open for the rest of 2022. In fact, there have been enough vacancies on recent voyages that Walt Disney World hosted travel agents for a free three-day, two-night experience.
The availability calendar on the website reveals that the remaining cruises in October still have vacancies, and ten dates are available in November. While most of the last two weeks of December (an extremely busy time of year for Walt Disney World) are booked, it seems families aren’t looking to spend Christmas in space.
Reservations for most of 2023 opened in August, and at the time of this article, all voyages were still available through September.
The Starcruiser is closed on May 17 & 18.
Bookings are not open for the last three months of 2023. For 2022, they opened in March, so we expect to see them in the spring for 2023.
Before the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opened, it went through waves of selling out followed by mass cancellations. Right before the grand opening in March 2022, several months were completely booked. Despite generally positive reactions, cancellations increased after opening.
Back in May, CEO Bob Chapek boasted of continued “high demand” for the Starcruiser and an expectation for the 2-night experience to reach “100% utilization” for the third quarter, meaning they expect the Starcruiser to continue to reach capacity for each “voyage.”
The Starcruiser offers a three-day, two-night immersive “Star Wars” adventure on a fictitious cruise ship where guests become part of a conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. It includes an excursion to Batuu, themed meals, and live entertainment.
It also has a high price tag with trips starting at $4,809 for two guests for a standard cabin, which has one queen-size bed and two twin-size bunks. The price increases if you add more guests, with a family of four looking at upwards of $6,000 for a standard cabin. Guests can also reserve larger rooms, such as the Galaxy Class Suite that sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms. The even larger Grand Captain Suite sleeps up to eight guests at an even higher price point.
While the reason for the falling demand isn’t clear, Disney has mentioned plans in the past to address what happens when interest runs out. Discussions have been conducted regarding adding holidays, changing the plot, or even adjusting the timeline to allow for the inclusion of other characters. The events of the Starcruiser have been cited as why Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will maintain a strict timeline, whereas Disneyland is loosening the rules to allow for characters such as Boba Fett and The Mandalorian to appear. Changes to the Starcruiser story may encourage guests to visit again or interest new guests.
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