Although the experience of being on the Starcruiser was unique, Disney decided to close it because “it didn’t perform” the way Disney had hoped.” Many blamed Disney’s marketing for the experience, while others believed the high price made it mostly unobtainable for many Star Wars fans. Well, now, the building that held the Galactic Starcruiser is just sitting empty, but we’re seeing indications that Disney isn’t quite done with it just yet.
Permit for “general construction”
The first clue we saw that indicates Disney hasn’t completely abandoned the Galactic Starcruiser building was a permit filed in August 2023, for “general construction” at 201 S. Studio Drive, the address for the Galactic Starcruiser. The contractor on the permit was Colwill Engineering, which has worked with Disney in the past. This company has expertise in engineering, mechanical, electrical, and technology work. Hmmm….
The permit didn’t include anything that makes us believe a big update was happening at the location, but the fact that it’s happening AT the Galactic Starcruiser address is interesting, to say the least. Disney has not stated that it has plans for the building, but SOMETHING is happening there.
Disney sent a survey to Galactic Starcruiser guests AFTER it closed
Something else that we found interesting is guests who were on the Galactic Starcruiser’s final voyages received a survey via email from Disney after the experience closed. The questions on the survey suggest Disney is considering doing something NEW with the space. The survey has four sections, each dedicated to an experience on the ship. There was also an additional section for guests to fill out about “Moments That Shaped My Halcyon Starcruiser Experience.”
Some questions were specific, while others were more general, but why would Disney feel the need to have that information for something that’s since closed? The most obvious answer is that Disney wants to do something else with the space and is putting out feelers to see what guests most liked about the experience.
Disney filed ANOTHER permit for the space
Disney recently filed a SECOND permit for the space occupied by the former Galactic Starcruiser. The company filed a Notice of Commencement on January 25th, 2024 for “general construction” at the same address as before. The contractor listed this time is Sunshine Awning & Graphic Design, suggesting the space is getting some cosmetic changes.
Granted, permits need to be filed for all sorts of work, even when it’s minor, so there’s no guarantee this permit means anything. However, it still means that Disney hasn’t completely abandoned the space. This is the second permit, after all, so, again, Disney is doing SOMETHING there.
Disney mentioned it wants to learn from the failed experience
Disney’s initial statement about the Galactic Starcruiser’s closure suggested that at least some of the ideas explored with the experience could return. Disney said, “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. This premium, boutique experience gave us the opportunity to try new things on a smaller scale of 100 rooms, and as we prepare for its final voyage, we will take what we’ve learned to create future experiences that can reach more of our guests and fans.”
Okay, so Disney doesn’t say where those future experiences could happen, but considering this, in addition to the two permits and guest survey, we could believe the company is wanting to bring it back in some way with what it’s learned.
So those are clues that Disney isn’t quite done with the Galactic Starcruiser just yet. Again note that Disney has not revealed any plans for either, but we’ll continue to look out for more signs that something is happening there.
What do you think? Do you think Disney has plans for the Galactic Starcruiser? Let us know what you’d like to see in the comments!
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