Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman, shared the news of the company working on a "Star Wars"-themed luxury starship at the Disney's fan event D23 Expo, saying it will give a chance to the visitors to join the storyline and be an active member of the galactic adventure.
"It is a 'Star Wars' adventure unlike other. It is not an attraction, nor it is a land nor it is a hotel. It is a journey. If you have ever dreamed of travelling on a star-ship, your time has come. I am excited to announce 'Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser' and it is an all new vacation experience coming to the Watt Disney World," Chapek said at a media preview session here.
"Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser" is being touted as a first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will board the star-ship. Once on-board, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey. However, it is not yet known how will they do it.
"Guests will check in for a multi-day adventure aboard the glamorous star-ship and interact with characters and become active participants in stories that will unfold around you. Cruises will include a port day on the planet of Batuu," Chapek added.
The concept art of the project showed a glimpse of how the team is trying to bring several elements of the hugely popular film franchise to the new experience, be it through well-appointed cabins, onboard dining service or decor.
In fact, a model of a Chandrila Star Line ship called the Halcyon has been put on display at the Disney Parks "Imagining Tomorrow, Today" pavilion at D23 Expo. Other details about the ambitious project will be announced on Sunday.
Chandrila is a planet in the "Star Wars" universe that is actually the birthplace of Ben Solo, who later in his life becomes Kylo Ren.
The announcement of the company working on further expanding the "Star Wars" universe comes after the launch of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, a themed land based on the epic space franchise, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in May this year.
"The guest reaction has been incredible. It is the highest rated park already, millions of fans have already taken the hunk of junk into the galaxy for the spin and lived their 'Star Wars' adventure," said Chapek.
(Sugandha Rawal is in Anaheim, California on an invitation of Disney India. She can be contacted at email@example.com)