Disney World’s new Star Wars hotel would face a strange challenge before it opens


The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel Experience at Walt Disney World is only about a month away from opening. There’s a lot of hype surrounding the new location, which is both a hotel and a theme park attraction, built on a cruise ship model. There will be many eyes on Galactic Starcruiser when it opens just to see how well it all works, but the location may already be facing a problem as it is reported that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is having trouble finding experienced servers. But the reasons don’t make much sense.

Normally, when a new location at Walt Disney World opens, existing cast members are the first to shoot the openings. Usually there’s a rush of people wanting to be a part of anything new. Disney made a big deal recruiting the cast members for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the people chosen to open the new land were clearly over the moon. Corn WDWNT indicates that this is not the case with the Crown of Corellia dining room in the Galactic Starcruiser.

We don’t know where this information comes from. The article doesn’t even refer to an anonymous source, so grains of salt should be applied liberally. Especially because the main reasons given for the alleged lack of staff seem strange. The first is that staff are worried about working shifts in a windowless room. The Galactic Starcruiser will have windows but they will show scenes from space rather than the outside world.

Most existing Walt Disney World restaurants have windows, but the Galactic Starcruiser won’t be the first to lack them. If you eat at the Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot, you have an aquarium on the other side of the glass, not outside. Epcot’s popular new Space 220 restaurant uses the same space window display that Galactic Starcruiser will use. These servers work for a third party that operates inside Disney World, they don’t technically work for Disney, but there is no indication that working in this environment is a problem.

Other restaurants have windows, but depending on where you’re seated, you may never know. The Galactic Starcruiser would certainly be a change of environment for many, and that might be enough to solve the personnel problem, but that wouldn’t seem like a deal breaker.

The other, albeit important, concern is financial. Prospective servers are apparently afraid that switching to Galactic Starcruiser could mean they make less money. The main question is whether the tips will be comparable to what they do now.

There’s no denying there’s a bet here. If you’re a server at one of Disney World’s high-end restaurants, you probably make a lot of money in tips. The possibility of you earning less at Galactic Starcruiser cannot be overlooked and we know how vital advice is for catering professionals.

However, there is also an advantage to this problem. Since Galactic Starcruiser uses the cruise ship model, gratuities for catering service are actually included in the price that guests pay up front. This means servers should end up receiving more consistent compensation since they will receive the same tips for each table they serve. Servers won’t have to worry about bad tips. And many guests will tip extra on top of that. We have no idea what salary is offered to these servers, but given the cost of this experience to customers, hopefully it will be on par with what Cast Members receive at other high-end venues.

In the end, Disney World will certainly find the Cast Members he needs for the Galactic Starcruiser. One way or another, the station was going to have to hire new people anyway, either for the Galactic Starcruiser itself or to replace people who had left their current jobs to work there. If you think you want to book a stay, be sure to check everything we know about the Galactic Starcruiser,


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