With more details released recently about the yet-to-debut Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel at Disney World, one of the details is that physical distancing in a galaxy far, far away is far, far from front of mind. Onboard the immersive hotel experience, guests will interact with more than 15 different characters – none of them physically distanced from guests. Disney World retracted its face mask policy just days ago, and guests onboard the Galactic Starcruiser will not be required to wear face masks with the exception of the transport “box truck” to Batuu.
Because there is no indoor face mask policy, that means that characters aboard the ship are not required to wear a face mask either. The fact that characters are unmasked on the Starcruiser experience aligns with character “sightings” in the theme parks too, such as meeting with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. However, if you look at our photo below a little closer of the Frozen sisters’ meet and greet, you’ll notice something missing from the Starcruiser experience – a barrier.
In the Walt Disney World theme parks, characters remain physically distanced from guests, but characters on the Starcruiser are free-roaming and guests are not kept at a distance. Of course, with a hefty price tag, it’s unlikely that Disney would ever open the Starcruiser with a face mask mandate or physical distancing.
So the question now is: when do Disney World theme parks drop physical distancing for character meet and greets?
Some encouraging signs have been seen in the parks, such as removing physical distancing in newly returned shows like Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire. That said, other shows such as the Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage continue to keep awkward distancing in place.
Hopefully, Disney can create consistency for guest experiences around its theme parks and resorts.
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