The first reviews of Disney’s $5,000 Star Wars hotel are in

the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser at Disney World opens its first paying guests on March 1, but last week it welcomed members of the media and popular YouTube and TikTok channels for a free preview. The hotel, which only offers a two-night stay, is billed as the ultimate immersive Star Wars experience. Guests are encouraged to dress up (Disney offers expensive options on its site), participate in special missions, and enjoy a “tour” to the planet Batuu, also known as Star Wars land in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. For two adults, the starting price is around $5,000. For three adults and a child, it’s nearly $6,000.

So far, reviews have been generally positive — the character actors who carry the experience are particularly praised — with a few caveats. Because the hotel itself, called the Halcyon, is meant to be a luxury space cruise ship, the biggest complaint is that the rooms are small and cramped. Standard rooms have a queen bed, bunk beds, and extra sleeping space, meaning it can theoretically sleep five adults. But most reviewers agreed that even three people would feel cramped, especially since the bathroom has only one sink. And unlike other luxury hotels, there are no typical amenities like a pool or spa.

A hotel room in Disney’s new Galactic Starcruiser.

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“The Halcyon’s interior scale just doesn’t match the large ship shown in the marketing materials. I expected the atrium to be taller, the banquet hall wider.” Polygon’s Charlie Hall wrote. “…liminal spaces, like hallways and stairwells, feel especially sterile, like walking through a suburban high school built in the mid-1970s. The cubicles are also altogether too small, sitting somewhere share between the cramped cabins of a Disney cruise ship and a basic hotel room in a Disney World hotel.”

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For some, the lack of windows can add to a feeling of claustrophobia. Hotel rooms have a digital display showing outer space and no view of the real outside world. People in need of fresh air, however, can visit an outdoor common area called a “climate simulator”. Journalists from the Disney Food Blog YouTube channel, which has nearly 800,000 subscribers, were invited to the media preview. In their review of the hotel, they put it like this“Disney has embarked on an experiment that apparently places only the wealthiest guests in a windowless bunker for two full days.”

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, according to Disney,

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, according to Disney, “will invite guests aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser known throughout the galaxy for its impeccable service and exotic destinations.”

Courtesy of Disney

But most reviewers agreed that guests will spend minimal time in their rooms anyway. Both days are filled with lightsaber training, clandestine trysts, elaborate entertainment, and ship exploration. Guests must download an app for their smartphone to chat with the characters on board, receive their missions and learn their stories. That was the other major downside: if you’re introverted, this might not be the right trip for you.

“The number one thing that will make this experience worth it for you or not is how immersed you are in the story. You have suspended reality,” Molly McCormack, AllEars reporter said in his review. “You have to come to terms with all of these things happening around you for it to be a meaningful and impactful experience.”

Many reviewers have likened the experience to living in a dinner show or a two-day escape room, and a heavy dose of extroversion will help overcome the awkwardness of a room full of adults pretending they’re on an epic mission.

“You don’t have to do everything,” CNET said. Bridget Carey wrote. “If you don’t participate to some extent, you’ll still see the main general story unfold at the end, but you’ll be wasting your money.”

Because the missions come from the app, some didn’t like the time spent staring at their phone. “I come to a theme park or something to have fun with friends and not read stuff [on my phone]“, said Peter Sciretta, vlogger of Ordinary Adventures.

As for the ultimate question – could it be worth $5,000? – most opinions agree: if you have the financial means and are ready to fully engage in fantasy, you will probably cherish the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“You have to be ready to play,” CNBC said Sarah Whitten wrote. “Passengers get back what they put in during their time aboard the Halcyon. If you suspend your disbelief, embrace the story, and participate without embarrassment, this will be a journey you and your family will never forget.”

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