Disney Price Hikes
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More Price Hikes?! Wasn’t Disney Just Concerned This New Experience Bombed?

One of Disney’s most recent and extravagant new ventures is the Galactic Starcruiser located in Walt Disney World Resort. Opening on March 1, 2022, the immersive hotel experience opened to mixed reviews.

One of the most controversial aspects of the 2-night, role-playing adventure was its price. Starting at $4,800 for two Guests in one room, the cost skyrocketed to an incredible $6,000 for a family of four!

Galactic Starcruiser Restaurant

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On top of that, tempting add-ons were offered to Guests, costing even more than baseline prices. One such add-on originally cost Guests $99. The CSL Portrait Experience provides Guests with an exclusive, personalized, 30-minute photo session.

The activity can be booked up to 60 days before Guests arrive for their galactic stay onboard. Self-proclaimed Star Wars Nerd and Disney analyst @kells_crawford revealed Disney’s plan to implement price hikes for the add-on, and it is no small number!


Disney just hiked up the price for a private photo session on the #galacticstarcruiser 4x its original price, and still no 2023 bookings available. What does it all mean? My humble thoughts… #disneynews #starwarsgalacticstarcruiser #disneystarwars

♬ original sound – Kells Crawford

The experience will increase to a whopping $399.00… that’s four times the original price! What is Disney thinking? Wasn’t the company just wondering why the Galactic Starcruiser bombed?

A couple of months ago, after its debut, word began to spread that focus groups were being conducted in an effort to discover why the Star Wars-themed venture failed. It seems like an odd time for Disney to increase prices for the experience, especially for an add-on.

The TikTok/Disney analyst predicts this will mean price increases across the board for the Galactic Starcruiser. She also guesses that the bizarre move indicates possible changes coming to the experience.

Galactic Starcruiser CSL Portrait

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The price increase is also odd due to the fact that there seems to be no problem with availability. In other words, not many people are booking trips to this hotel. Hmmm, I wonder why? Could it possibly be that the price may be a bit too expensive for the general public?

I think it’s pretty obvious to most! It seems unlikely that Guests would pay $400 for a photo shoot on top of the thousands of dollars they’re already spending for an incredibly brief experience! So, what do you think?

About Christy Weinberg

Christy is a West Coast writer with a special place in her heart for Disneyland Resort and Aulani. Growing up near the Parks, she was an Annual Passholder for about twenty years, often frequenting the Resort several times per week. Though she recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, she carries the magic with her by writing about Disney and connecting with the Disney community on social media.