We got spoiled after a glorious, five-year blitz of annual Star Wars installments and now find ourselves in a bit of a dry spell. It’s been a while since J.J. Abrams closed the Skywalker Saga with Episode IX, and we’re still a few light-years away from the release of any of the spinoff films from Patty Jenkins and Taika Waititi.
So what’s a Star Wars stan to do?
Well, if you have a few thousand bucks to spare, Walt Disney World has just the thing to hold you over. Opening next spring at the Orlando amusement park is Galactic Starcruiser, a mind-blowing, Star Wars-themed hotel.
But “hotel” doesn’t really do it justice: It’s better imagined as “part live immersive theater, part themed environment, part culinary extravaganza, part real-life role-playing game,” as Disney puts it. Guests (who are encouraged to arrive in costume) load into a launch pod that blasts them from Florida and into hyperspace.
Onboard the starship Halcyon, a number of extraterrestrial oddities await: lightsaber training facilities, starship control rooms, passenger cabins with unbeatable views of space and dining halls offering intergalactic delicacies like Bubo Wamba Family Farms blue milk.
You might make alliances with others on the ship, be tapped for secret missions on nearby planets (code for the nearby Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park), and maybe even defend the Halcyon from Kylo Ren and the First Order. All very normal, Jedi things.
The experience takes Disney’s world-building aspirations to new heights—and makes us feel like we’re in a Star Wars movie while we wait for the next one.
All images courtesy of Disney.