Thanks to the rise of social media, the smallest addition is always met with scrutiny. Well, the addition we’re discussing is certainly not small. When the long-awaited Star Wars (1977) themed hotel was announced at the 2017 D23 convention, rejoiced.
This announcement came after a slew of new and successful lands. New Fantasyland ushered in a polished new era for the Park and Disney’s ‘s Pandora had a jaw-dropping debut.
Guests were still giddy for the upcoming opening of Galaxy’s Edge (a.k.a. Star Wars Land) in both Disneyland and . The goodwill with Guests could only go up from here, right? Not exactly.
As details for the Stars Wars emerged, Guests learned the experience would be unprecedented. This Disney Resort Hotel would mimic a two- journey into aboard a starship, named the . would rarely leave the hotel and instead take part in all-inclusive features and their own Star Wars would include entertainment, unlimited food/drink, and role-playing itineraries with inhabitants of the Halcyon. (Lucky visitors would be invited to secret .) .
would also be encouraged to dress up in elaborate costumes, invent their own , and truly embrace their immersive Star Wars story. This would be at its finest and a like no other.
Sounds cool, right? Well, when the pricing was revealed, many had the wind knocked out of them. An average two- stay (which is the only option, by the way), would average between $4500 and $6000 for a four-person .
After that, ) wasn’t the darling of the Disney fandom. at became much more skeptical. The hotel design was questioned. Promo videos had to be taken down, due to backlash. Suddenly, this two- , hotel-only experience (except for one quick ‘excursion’ to the
Now that it’s open for business, reviews have been mixed. Some swooned over it, but others remain unconvinced. Specifically, many people are still stuck on the price. No Disney is cheap, we know this. However, this is the first time Disney has offered an experience where the price was so high for such a relatively short amount of time. If you also can’t justify a $5-6k two- , consider these alternative Disney splurges. They are pricey, but they will give you more bang for your buck.
Galaxy’s Edge – One-of-a-Kind Shopping
If you love spending time at Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s , consider building a working droid or lightsaber. (Reservations are required.)
At Droid Depot, you will select droid parts from a running conveyor belt and piece together your newest friend. Hold your happy squeals in as a Cast Member brings your droid to life. It will blink and beep at you just like R2-D2! Each droid is $99.00.
Meanwhile, at Savi’s Workshop, you can build a lightsaber from the hilt up. Upon your arrival, members of the Resistance will usher you in the workshop discreetly. (You can’t tip off the First Order after all.) From there, you will select your lightsaber style and Kyber crystal. We don’t want to spoil the ending but prepare yourself for a goose-bump-inducing finale.
This experience is priced at $219.00 per lightsaber. Also, both experiences let the builder bring a to observe, so don’t worry about missing out on cool photo ops. All in all, the droid and lightsaber building will win the hearts of any Star Wars fan.
Celebrate Halloween or Christmas
Pre-pandemic, was renowned for its two seasonal holiday parties, Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
While neither event returned in 2020, modified versions were introduced in 2021. Both events, Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours Event and Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash, featured special entertainment, Park lighting/music, complimentary snacks, sightings, and shorter lines for attractions.
Even in a reduced fashion, these events were still a welcome return to semi-normalcy. Both events were priced roughly between $150 – $200 per ticket for a three-hour event, and Guests could enter the 2 hours beforehand. So, no this won’t be a cheap evening, but it also won’t cost thousands of dollars. We don’t know exactly what 2022 will bring for seasonal events, but we’re hopeful for more holiday soirees.
Choose Another Deluxe Resort
The Halcyon may be out of your budget, but has no shortage of luxury hotels. Whether you prefer a modern, elegant, tropical, or rustic aesthetic, there is a hotel and ticket package for you at a more cost-effective rate.
To illustrate, we’ve priced out a seven-Disney’s Contemporary Resort for a family of four. Currently, this package is priced at about $7,000. Depending on dates, this is a relatively small upcharge. You simply can’t deny the math and fact that you are getting more for this week-long option. summer stay (including 8-day Disney Park tickets) for
Go on an Actual Cruise!
The has been justifying the high price because the experience is cruise-like. The experience is supposed to be so enthralling; Guests shouldn’t want to leave the Halcyon.
All the food, entertainment, experience. DCL has been an industry leader since the mid-90s. With their magnificent ships, mouth-watering food, and endless entertainment options, it’s no wonder has such a cult following. interactions, and needs can be met in this one, albeit amazing, building. While we’re sure Disney is taking care of their Guests, we can’t help but compare it to a
Fortunately for those , cruising has returned. When pricing out a seven- summertime Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy for a four-person , the price currently totals at a little under $9,000. This isn’t cheap, but this week-long cruise includes all the ship amenities, meals, and stops at heavenly tropical ports. You may not be ready to cruise just yet, or you may be waiting for restrictions to drop. Either way, you’d get more for your money if traveling with .
Please know we understand if you can’t resist the call of the Halcyon. Every fan has their monetary exception, whether it’s daily Mickey Premium Bars or collecting limited-edition merchandise.
But if the thrifty voice in your head can’t take that Star Wars plunge, we hope you can spoil yourself otherwise. That’s what a is for!