At first, it was hard for some Disney fans to get comfortable with the idea that Star Wars was officially part of Disney. After several huge films, a few wildly popular Disney+ series, and an incredible theme park land, we’re starting to get the hang of it. And now, Disney’s Star Wars game is about to get a lot more interesting.
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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is Disney’s newest premium experience Disney fans are excited about, and for good reason. It’s far more than just a Star Wars hotel- it’s an experience like no other. Located just outside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Galactic Starcruiser is the perfect place to have your very own unique Star Wars adventure. The Galactic Starcruiser takes it’s maiden voyage on March 1, 2022. But be prepared- it’s going to set you back a lot of “credits.”
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Reserving Your Experience
If you’ve tried to book a popular experience on the phone with Disney before, you know that wait times can be quite long. Be sure to have a range of date preferences in mind, and an idea of where you want to stay for the rest of your trip if you’re going to extend beyond the two-night, three-day package. You’ll also want to have an idea of what cabin size you’ll need for your family. If you have five or less in your group, you can get away with the standard cabin. The largest cabin will accommodate up to eight. And be sure to review the prices to avoid sticker shock; this experience will set you back a minimum of $749 per person per night. You won’t find discounts available for the Starcruiser, even if you’re a Disney Vacation Club member or Annual Passholder.
Accommodations: 3 Cabin Types
It appears that Disney Imagineers have outdone themselves yet again with the level of detail Galactic Starcruiser guests can expect to see.
Just like travelling with Disney Cruise Line, you’ll find a variety of cabin types available at different price points. There are only 100 cabins onboard the Halcyon, so this is truly a departure from your typical Disney World Resort experience.
Standard cabins are the most plentiful, and can sleep four to five passengers. The cabin features a queen bed, two bunk-style berths, and a pull-down bed if needed. Each bed is large enough for an adult.
The Galaxy Class suite actually only accommodates four passengers, but has two pull-down beds which replace the bunk beds. The suite is a bit more spacious, has a bar area and two windows, and a bit more space to spread out.
If you have a larger group, the Grand Captain Suite can fit up to eight passengers, and has a combination of sleeping options: a queen bed, two pull-down beds, and the bunk-style berths. You’ll have lots of extra space as well as a second bathroom and three windows into space.
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Arriving at the Galactic Starcruiser
On your arrival day, you’ll be invited to check-in at the terminal between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, just as you would if you were boarding a cruise ship. If you’ve driven to the resort, you’ll be happy to know that valet parking is included and required. Bags can be dropped at the hotel as early as 11:00am. Your luggage can be transferred just as you can do with any resort switch during a split stay. For more details on “split stays” in general, check out Disney Resort Split Stays: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?
The entire Galactic Starcruiser experience is modeled after the cruise concept, only in this case your cruise is in deep space, not on the high seas. From the terminal, your entirely immersive experience begins. You’ll depart from the terminal in a launch pod which will simulate a flight into space, heading toward the Halcyon Starcruiser. Once you set foot on the Starcruiser, prepare to become a character in your very own Star Wars story.
Soon, you’ll forget altogether that your day started at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
There are tons of special activities to enjoy about the Starcruiser, including lightsaber training, special missions, Sabacc lessons, a chance to check out the ship’s bridge, a special gala, live musical entertainment, and more.
Your experience will end two days later, with departure time being no later than 10:00 am. On your final morning aboard the magnificent Halcyon Starcruiser, you’ll have your bags taken while you enjoy breakfast, and when you depart you’ll find your bags waiting for you at the ground-level space port.
What to Wear
Speaking of bags.. what exactly should you pack in that luggage? There’s no doubt that the Galactic Starcruiser is a super-immersive environment. The experience will truly simulate a “cruise” through space. At this expensive price point, we expect that it will attract only the most serious Star Wars fan- many of whom will think nothing of donning a Jedi robe for the trip. Booking agents have confirmed that Guests are welcome to dress as they are comfortable. We anticipate that many guests will come dressed as alien beings, or at the very least, in dress inspired by their favorite heroes (or villains) in the vast Star Wars universe. Not into costumes and role play? No worries- Guests are welcome to come in their street clothes. It should be noted that all costumes will be subject to Disney’s costume guidelines which you can read about here.
According to Cast Members, there is a gift shop near the ground level check-in. Once on board the Halcyon, you’ll find a larger, more elaborate shop. I can only imagine that you’ll be able to find some serious galactic gear there, including Jedi-style robes and other inter-planetary goods. Exclusive merchandise will be available, in addition to the “complimentary” exclusive databand (known as the MagicBand on Earth) that Halcyon passengers will receive. You can also prepare for your voyage by shopping in advance on Shop Disney.
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The two-night, three-day experience includes an excursion into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The excursion includes rides on the Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run as well as on Rise of the Resistance. While you’re out exploring on Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, you’ll also have lunch at Docking Bay 7. Kids and adults can each select a meal and a drink as part of the excursion package.
At this time, it is unclear as to whether passengers on the Galactic Starcruiser will have priority booking for the lightsaber experience at Savi’s Workshop or droid building at Droid Depot, but these experiences can be booked as part of your adventure. They are currently not booking farther than 60 days out for Savi’s, Oga’s Cantina, or the Droid Depot, but you can call back within 60 days and reserve these experiences.
You are not required to partake in the excursion; you can have lunch on the Halcyon, instead. We do not yet have details about what you can do onboard the ship, other than lunch, if you choose to skip the excursion.
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Dining on the Galactic Starcruiser
When you book your travel on the Halcyon, you’ll be asked about your dinner preference, just like on a cruise ship. The two dinner choices are 5:30 and 8:00, and you will have to give your preference in advance.
Passengers on the Galactic Starcruiser will enjoy two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners during their stay in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room.
If you’re looking to upgrade your experience (because frankly, you’re already spending so much you will barely notice the charge), you can add a special option to your dinner. Limited seating is available at the “Captain’s Table,” a beautiful round table located in the center of the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. The table seats 11, and you’ll enjoy time with the ship’s captain who will tell you stories about space, as well as discuss the interesting food before you. We’re excited to see what other inter-galactic passengers might join the party! Who knows what other Star Wars characters might make an appearance!
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While on board, you’ll also want to check out the Sublight Lounge and try an out-of-this-world cocktail or other beverage. Kids are welcome, too!
Here are a few more details we were able to discuss with the friendly booking Cast Member.
Do I have to do all the activities?
No. Do as many or as few activities as you want. During your stay, the Play Disney Parks app will act as your data pad. You will interact with ship staff through data pad and characters on board. Your itinerary with activities will be there, too.
Can I bring my own lightsaber?
You can bring a lightsaber but you do not need to bring one for lightsaber training. We’ll provide one for you to use during that time.
What’s the cancellation policy?
Cancelling this dream cruise through space would be unfortunate, but things happen! At such an expensive price point, you’ll want to take care to note the cancellation policy. As long as you are at least 90 days out from your voyage you can cancel and get all of your money back. From 89-31 days you lose 50%. If you cancel within 30 days, you’ll not be eligible for any refund. There is travel insurance you can buy along with your package in case of sickness, injury, or flight problems. The cost is $90 per adult and $5 for children. If you want to make changes to your plans (changing your cabin or other details) after 90 days, if your package cost goes down there is a $350 charge to downgrade. For instance, if you want to downgrade from three people to two, you lose $350, but not the entire cost of the 3rd person’s experience.
Okay, I’m sold. Where do I Start?
For help planning your voyage, Disney has got you covered here: Start Planning Your Voyage Aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. This is a great place to start, and will give you an idea of what kind of details you’ll want to have prepared before you call for a booking.