Disney shows off new Jedi lightsaber; Star Wars hotel faces delay

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opening in 2022

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Opens 2022 (Disney)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World released new details about its future Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel on Star Wars Day. The commemorative day is observed annually on May 4 and is marked by fans around the world to celebrate all things Star Wars and a galaxy far, far away.

The hotel, which is currently under construction near Disney’s Hollywood Studios, was scheduled to open this year.

On Tuesday, Disney officials confirmed that the hotel opening has now been delayed until 2022.

When guests step inside they will be among the first to see a brand-new, more realistic lightsaber. Disney said the lightsaber is designed by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development and will create more dramatic in-person moments previously only seen in films or shows.

Check out the lightsaber in the video below.

Guests staying for a two-night adventure will plunge into a Star Wars story where their decisions, actions and conversations will determine how their personal journey unfolds. Disney said each guest’s adventure will begin at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser terminal.

Guests will board a special Launch Pod and leave their world behind as they make a hyperspace jump to a galaxy far, far away.

Guests will watch through viewports as they approach the Halcyon starcruiser.

This artist concept rendering shows the transports that will take guests from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort. (Disney)

When the Launch Pod opens the Star Wars journey will begin. Guests will learn the ways of the force, train like a Jedi and meet unique characters.

On Tuesday, Disney shared the first image of the Crown of Corellia Dining Room.

“The enticing supper club’s name is an homage to Corellia, the planet known galaxy-wide for its shipyards that gave us not only the Halcyon starcruiser, but also the Millennium Falcon,” Disney explained on its blog. “The dining room is a bright and welcoming hall that will offer breakfast and lunch to passengers before transitioning each evening into a lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins.”

This artist concept rendering does not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face covering and physical distancing requirements. Guests experiencing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – opening in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort (Disney)

For a limited time, Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests can now see a model of the Halcyon starcruiser on display inside Walt Disney Presents.

A model of the Halcyon starcruiser is viewable by guests for a limited time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When guests book the two-night vacation experience for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, debuting at Walt Disney World Resort in 2022, they will stay aboard this glamorous ship as they plunge into an all-immersive Star Wars story that goes beyond anything Disney has created before. (Walt Disney World)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also offering special Star Wars-themed desserts and beverages available at select locations throughout the park, including a new dark side chocolate creation and returning favorite lightsaber churro.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is offering special Star Wars-themed desserts and beverages available at select locations throughout the park, including the new Dark Side Chocolate Creation (Disney Parks Blog)

Wednesday, Disney Springs will offer the Grogu mini dome cake at Amorette’s Patisserie and the Millennium Falcon chocolate pop at The Ganachery.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.