Some questions about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser “experience” were revealed today at D23, but not the one everyone is most curious about: The prices. That’s just not very Disney magic, you know.
But Disney did reveal more about the cruise-like Halcyon. It really is being treated more like an actual cruise than your standard Disney hotel: Fans get a two day, two night stay, and everyone boards at the same time. From there, you’re in “space” – though there is a “a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu” and your visit becomes “a multi-day story that interweaves with members of the crew, other passengers, familiar Star Wars characters.” You get to visit the bridge, play with lightsabers and “discover hidden spaces deep in the mechanics of the ship.”
So as for how much it’ll cost you, we still only have those rumors. And will non-guests be allowed on-board at all? The “maybe we’ll just get dining reservations” approach seems less likely than ever…
Images include a dual between Rey and Kylo Ren amid a stormy sea (hinted at on the poster). There’s a massive fleet of Star Destroyers. There’s a new shot of Darth Vader’s helmet. There’s also a shot of a hooded Rey revealing a new unfolding red double-sided lightsaber (Darth Rey?!).
Ming-Na Wen is in The Mandalorian, we learned today at D23 Expo. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed her involvement as the Mulan and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star was inducted as a Disney Legend. (Jon Favreau and James Earl Jones were also honored.)
Her exact role is still a secret, but maybe we’ll hear more at the Disney+ panel?
Disney has revealed that the Star Wars hotel “experience” coming to Disney World is called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Guests can expect a two-night stay abroad the Halcyon of the Chandrila Star Line.
The Disney+ panel at D23 is Friday, August 23 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific. We’re hoping that a trailer for The Mandalorian, which will launch with the service, is finally released, plus details on The Clone Wars revival, the Cassian Andor show and (perhaps most of all) the rumored Obi-Wan announcement.
What this means, basically: 10-20 minutes in the midst of a giant panel (it’ll be all the Disney+ stuff in one) and maybe they’ll release a trailer. It’s a big maybe, given they released none of the footage that was shown at the Celebration panel.
D23 Expo is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 23-25. The first episode of The Mandalorian will launch with Disney+ on November 12.
At D23 Expo Japan, Disney Marketing President Ricky Strauss revealed that J.J. Abrams will begin filming Episode IX this coming summer. A special greeting from Abrams and some behind-the-scenes footage from Solo: A Star Wars Story was also shown.
Disney Parks announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the official name for the twin lands that will be coming to Disneyland and Disney World. We know we’ll all keep calling it Star Wars land regardless, but hey: They’re trying.
We learned more about the park’s two rides, including concept art. And although we don’t get slid dates, the Disneyland version is expected to open first – though likely only by a few months, as they’re both still expected for 2019.
Also coming – though only to Disney World – will be a Star Wars-themed resort that will be “100-percent immersive.”