Nicole Michalik

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 06: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, English-Irish boy band The Wanted performs "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" while taping the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special December 6, 2013 at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The 30th annual holiday telecast airs December 25 on ABC-TV. The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network, and across the globe on the American Forces Network. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

It’s pretty rare for Disney to open a massive experience and close it less than two years later. Obviously covid wasn’t kind to many people and businesses, Disney being one of them. If you’re a Disney person, one of the best things to do is stay at a Disney World Resort. You feel like you’re an extension of the parks. The first Disney World Resort I ever stayed at was The Polynesian. My family went for the first time when I was 11 and I still remember pulling up to the resort being in awe. I was so excited when we walked in the lobby and saw the massive waterfall with the fish and birds and plants. Then we did the character breakfast, swam in the lake, and obviously the famous luau. I’m not a “Disney Adult” but I know so many people are. If you’re a Disney AND Stars Wars fan, then the closing of the most recent resort is very sad.

The reality is the hotel is extremely expensive. Most people who go to Disney World are families and being able to afford over $5000 just for a hotel is something not many families can do. However, people who have been there, can’t say enough about it. The hotel even won numerous awards. Clearly Disney must have lost money if they were so quick to close it after only being open for less than two years.

Star Wars fans who have been there said it’s one coolest amusement part experiences they have ever done. I am surprised Disney couldn’t figure out a way to keep it open, maybe offer discounts or something? I have never run a billion dollar company so I guess they know more than I do. Ha! Check out some of our favorite resorts below and get all the details on the hotel that’s closing.

  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

    I love that the bottom of the pool in the Beach Club is sand.  Makes you feel like you’re at the beach.

  • Polynesian Resort

    This was the first Disney Resort I stayed at when my family went when I was 11 years old.  I remember it has the huge waterfall in the lobby.

  • Wildernness Lodge

    I stayed here a few a times when I went with work for a live broadcast.  It’s very magical how you can see the animals out side of your room.

  • Boardwalk Resort

    Did you know that Disney’s Boardwalk Resort was designed from the famous Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk!

  • Contemporary Resort

    I always love how the famous monorail was built to go through this hotel.  I thought it was so cool as a kid.  The irony is that it’s probably the least contemporary resort Disney has now.

  • Port Orleans Resort

  • Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel is Closing

    There just isn’t enough Star Wars fans with lots of money to stay in the $5000 two-night minimum hotel.  Maybe before Covid it would have lasted, but so many things changed, it seems hard for the average person to afford the experience.  One fan said:  “Any time that we went, we were bunking with people in one room to make the price cheaper because if you can fit four people in one room, it ends up being $1,000 or $1,500 each,” Sciretta explained. “It’s still expensive even when you split it, but to us and to a lot of people who went back, it was obviously worth it.”

  • Here Is What Disney Had To Say About The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Closing

    • It’s obvious the people who went and could afford it loved it so much.  It’s final voyage will take place in late September.  The experience has earned some of the highest guest satisfaction ratings in the history of Walt Disney World and earned a Thea Award for outstanding achievement in the themed entertainment space.
    • Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is one of our most creative projects ever and has been praised by our Guests and recognized for setting a new bar for innovation and immersive entertainment,” Disney said in an official statement.

      “We will be contacting Guests booked for voyages departing on or after Sept. 30 to discuss their options and modify their plans. To prioritize these Guests, we are pausing new bookings until May 26,” Disney said in a statement. “We are so proud of all of the Cast Members and Imagineers who brought Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to life and look forward to delivering an excellent experience for Guests during the remaining voyages over the coming months.”