For those who have ridden, has it made you more open, less open, or other, to book a trip on the Starcruiser?
It is for me. I mean I get it—I’ve gone on a Disney Cruise and loved it. But a physical cruise to Castaway Cay (the only way you can get there) is a bit more compelling than a virtual trip to a land I could already get to easily. I’m sure the hotel will be cool.I’d imagine the price is the main factor.
The answer is no. I see them having to retheme that hotel or turn it into a new hotel within 10 years. The fanboys who want to live the SW dream are mostly fans of the OT, who are already 30-50 and I don’t think the younger generation will ever be as obsessed with it. I also think once someone has done this once that’s probably it.Are there people who will pay this to stay, yes. I think the question should be, how many repeat trips and how long will the demand remain for this experience. Will Disney be able to book this experience out long term and will the profit margin be high enough long term to keep Disney from “reimagining” the space in the short term.
With the limited quantity of rooms, I expect that even without repeat bookings, there's enough demand to keep it running for years. If they deliver on what they've described (certainly not guaranteed) and periodically refresh the activities and plotlines, there'll be enough repeat "cruisers" to go at least a decade. That said, it wouldn't surprise me if they're only expecting the hotel to last 15 years or so (a fairly typical lifetime for a theme park attraction).The answer is no. I see them having to retheme that hotel or turn it into a new hotel within 10 years. The fanboys who want to live the SW dream are mostly fans of the OT, who are already 30-50 and I don’t think the younger generation will ever be as obsessed with it. I also think once someone has done this once that’s probably it.
If GWL actually performed routine upkeep on the components of their magic wand game instead of leaving everything in a constant state of disrepair, and had randomized plotlines instead of everyone having the same exact quest every time, it wouldn't have been a one-and-done for our family. The water park is fun, but the kid needs something to keep her busy when we're not swimming, and she got really frustrated with worn-out wand sensors and burned-in screens.If this is going to be successful, Disney is going to have to offer multiple "story lines" and change things up often. The few that want to and can afford to pay for an experience like this aren't likely to want the same experience over and over again. Just ask my boys about Great Wolf Lodge. (They got sick of it after 2 or 3 visits, and they're pretty hard-core water park lovers. There just isn't enough variety at GWL.)