The Galactic Starcruiser is currently set in a Groundhog Day-like timewarp. Every time a guest steps on board, they are experiencing the 275th anniversary of the ship’s maiden voyage. While improv by guests and the actors onboard make each experience slightly different, the broad strokes are the same on each voyage. BlogMickey.com has been on two Galactic Starcruiser voyages, and one of the questions we’ve been looking to answer is about the replayability of the experience. If you know the broad strokes, is the Galactic Starcruiser worth dropping an unequivocally obscene amount of money on for return visits? As it turns out, this is a question that Walt Disney Imagineering is considering too.
In an interview with Gizmodo, Walt Disney Imagineer Alex Lee hints at some of the directions that the Starcruiser experience could go to increase the replayability of the two-night adventure. In the interview, Lee talks about a sort of grassroots effort by fans to incorporate the holiday of Life Day from Star Wars canon into the theme parks. This fan-led effort was monetized by Disney last year as a line of merchandise and specialty food and beverage items showed up in the land.
Now, Lee says that Disney is looking to fans again to try and lead them in a direction to take the Galactic Starcruiser:
I think we’re going to start to see things happening organically as we begin to get closer to Life Day, and people playing hard into that, that we’re going to have the opportunity and our performers are going to have the opportunity to react to and kind of pick up on more and inject all of that into their storytelling. And then, of course, looking at opportunities down the line for formal events and what of those potential possibilities might come into play.
Just like any good storyteller, Lee leaves the rest up to our imaginations, but the acknowledgment of introducing more “formal events” leads us to believe that seasonal elements or storylines could be introduced on the Starcruiser. It’s a fine line that Disney will have to walk, but in our opinion, it’s a worthy pursuit. Having done two voyages now, there is room to play within the current storyline, but you will always find yourself returning to the sacred timeline. Of course, the Starcruiser is only a month old right now, so any special events will have to be far enough down the road to allow currently booked guests to live the storyline that they’ve seen through countless YouTube videos.
We will continue to bring you more content from our Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyages, but for now, you can check out our daily recaps and first impressions!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel
While we’ll recap the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience below, you can find in-depth, day-by-day reports in the following articles!
Guests will arrive at the hotel like any other hotel, but it’s billed as something unlike anything else built by Disney. The adventure begins when you arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World and check-in for your two-night experience. Valet is included in the price of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
Once you’ve checked into the hotel, you’ll board a launch pod where you’ll blast off into space and rendezvous with the Halcyon, the ship you’ll spend the next 2-nights aboard. Through windows above, you’ll see yourself leave the real world behind as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.
Here’s concept art of the experience compared to a photo of the actual guest experience in the launch pod.
During your journey, you will sleep aboard a ship known throughout the galaxy for its glamour and style—crewed by the incomparable interplanetary travel group, Chandrila Star Line.
Chandrila Star Line is renowned throughout the galaxy for its fleet of comfortable and stylish starcruisers, top-tier service, delicious cuisine and exotic destinations—from the Core Worlds to the Outer Rim and beyond. Chandrila Star Line’s legendary Purgill-class starcruisers were some of the first commercial vessels to offer hyperdrive travel, and their spirit of adventure continues to this day.
Rest assured that in these times of galactic conflict, Chandrila Star Line operates with the utmost care, and encounters with either the First Order or the Resistance are rare. While itineraries do occasionally experience some disruptions due to the unrest in certain parts of the galaxy, Chandrila Star Line starcruisers are well equipped with the latest shield and turbolaser technology to defend themselves in the unlikely event of dire circumstances—which are never an issue. Well, almost never.
The Halcyon starcruiser is the jewel of the Chandrila Star Line. Onboard the 100-cabin Corellian MPO-1400 model starcruiser, you’ll voyage to the far reaches of the galaxy in legendary comfort and style. Recently refurbished and reoutfitted, the starcruiser combines modern conveniences with the romance of the age of exploration.
When the Launch Pod docks with the Halcyon and the airlock opens, you will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium to begin your journey through a galaxy far, far away. Again, here’s a comparison of the concept art versus the actual product.
A visit aboard the Halcyon becomes a multi-day story that interweaves with members of the crew, other passengers, familiar Star Wars characters, and an excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Visiting the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn about ship systems and how to operate them, including navigation and defense – skills that may come in handy during a journey through this adventure-filled galaxy.
Other areas within the ship include the Engineering Room, where guests can sneak into a crew-only area of the ship and discover the inner workings.
Guests can also complete lightsaber training! Wielding a lightsaber while facing off against a training remote, where you may discover your own connection with the Force.
Of course, it’s not going to all be action. There will be time to head to The Sublight Lounge – an inviting retreat for passengers of all ages.
Guests will also be able to experience luxurious meals – included with your stay in the main restaurant. At night, guests might even be treated to an otherworldly dinner show.
Every window in the Halcyon – including those in each cabin – has a view of the galaxy beyond, with ever-changing vistas as the ship progresses from place to place.
The starcruiser features 100 well-appointed cabins and suites, each one radiating an atmosphere of elegance, style, comfort, and exclusivity. Your Star Wars story continues even in your cabin or suite. You’ll be amazed by the attention to detail!
Each Standard Cabin is fitted with furnishings and fixtures designed to ensure comfort while traveling throughout the galaxy—including a pullout table and a TV with entertainment from your home planet—and a window with a view out into space.