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‘Star Wars’ hotel still a priority, Disney says

Disney World prepared to open a Star Wars hotel in the near future. Then, the pandemic happened.

Disney shared a photo of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel.
The new Star Wars hotel experience opens in 2021
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Disney still sees the new “Star Wars” hotel as a priority for the company in the near future, despite the coronavirus pandemic causing delays for other attractions and developments, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

  • Chief financial official Christine McCarthy talked about Disney’s investments during the Bank of America Virtual Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Thursday. One analyst asked her whether Disney’s investment plans have changed for the year.
  • She said: “We’ve really prioritized some of our investment spending. The ones that we’re really focused on are things like the Star Wars hotel that we’ve discussed publicly that will be in Walt Disney World. That’s a priority.”
  • McCarthy suggested the new Avengers Campus and the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride remain priorities, too, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

A look ahead

The “Star Wars” hotel — called the Star Wars: Galactic Stacruiser hotel experience — was set to open in 2021, as I wrote about for Deseret News.

  • The hotel will allow guests to stay in a hotel that pretends to be a starcruiser — called the Halcyon — in the “Star Wars” galaxy.

The hotel was supposed to include a lightsaber training course where guests will use their lightsabers to block shots from a training device, among other activities to make it as realistic as possible.

  • “There are characters on the ship, and many you will be meeting for the first time. It’s a dangerous time in the galaxy and you should be wary about who you make allegiances with because your choices matter. The choices will affect how your ‘Star Wars’ story unfolds,” said Ann Morrow Johnson, a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, according to The Associated Press.