Disney has scaled back and cancelled numerous projects in an effort to save money in the wake of the pandemic. One project that was rumored to be delayed is the Star Wars Hotel, which is officially called the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, that’s being built near Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Contrary to those rumors, Disney has confirmed the project is still a top investment at this time.
The Orlando Business Journal reports that Christine McCarthy, Disney CFO, discussed prioritizing the Star Wars Hotel:
“We’ve really prioritized some of our investment spending. Things that were … in construction, some of those we continue to … finish out,even during this period. The ones that we’re really focused on are things like the Star Wars hotel … in Walt Disney World — that’s a priority.”
Unfortunately, McCarthy’s comments weren’t all positive. She did confirm that Disney Cruise Line’s fifth ship, the Disney Wish, has been delayed. McCarthy also stated Disney Cruise Line is expected to be the last segment of the company to return to normal operations.
It’s great to hear the Star Wars Hotel is continuing to move forward at a time when many projects are in jeopardy. Disney previously announced indefinite delays for both the refurbishment of Spaceship Earth and the new Mary Poppins attraction at Epcot.
From a business perspective, moving forward with the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser makes a lot of sense. Guests are expected to book two or three-night packages that include Star Wars activities and an “excursion” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The adventure comes at an estimated – but not confirmed – price that may exceed $1,000 per person, per night.