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Should You Take Young Kids on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser launches March 1, 2022, at the Walt Disney World Resort, as the newest immersive experience from Walt Disney Imagineering. The two-night experience aboard the Halcyon starcruiser includes multiple dramatic story events onboard the ship, activities like lightsaber training, dinners with live entertainment, an excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more. But is this experience best for the whole family? We take a look at what is included in the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, and whether or not you should bring little ones aboard.

Cost of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

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Passengers enjoy their Halcyon starcruiser cabin in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Caitlyn McCabe, photographer)

The first consideration to make when planning for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, or any vacation for that matter is the cost. Depending on the room type, number of Guests in your party, and the date of your voyage, you can expect to spend $4,800-6000 for the two-night experience aboard the Halcyon. Since the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is no ordinary hotel, if the kids (or you!) are not particularly invested in the Star Wars universe, you may be better off staying at a deluxe resort at Walt Disney World for a similar total trip cost.

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Activities on the Halcyon

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Lightsaber Training

Passengers learn the ancient art of wielding a lightsaber in the Lightsaber Training Pod onboard the Halcyon starcruiser in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

One of the things that makes a voyage on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser so immersive is the activities and dramatic story moments that Guests participate in while onboard. While most activities can be done by Guests of all ages, one notable event however is limited to Guests who are seven years old or older: Lightsaber training.

If you have little ones who might be disappointed they are too young for lightsaber training, you may want to put off your voyage a couple of years until everyone in the family is old enough to participate in this classic Star Wars activity.

Dining on the Starcruiser

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Dining on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is consistent with the kinds of offerings one would expect to find in the Star Wars universe. With all meals included in the experience, including lunch during your excursion to Batuu, entrees and specialty beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) will at least appear on the more adventurous side.

We have a guide to some of the dining options aboard the ship here, and while a lot of the entrees do look like they are straight from another galaxy, options for kids and those with special diets can still be accommodated. Still, if you have picky eaters among you who may be turned off by such options, you may want to reconsider your voyage of years in the future.

What about toddlers and infants?

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Chewbacca leads passengers through the Halcyon starcruiser Engineering Room in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Early reviews about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser have one key point in common: This two-night experience packs in a lot. While reports so far do not indicate feeling rushed necessarily, the overarching story aboard the Halcyon does move along at its own pace. Having little ones with you may make experiencing the full extent of this immersive storytelling difficult for both you, and the kids. There is no age limit in place for Guests traveling aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, but like any Walt Disney World experience only you can decide for sure when it will be best to experience with your children.

We often see Guests who are on the fence about bringing toddlers and babies to Walt Disney World use the logic that even if the kids won’t remember the vacation, the adults will, and there is certainly something special about experiencing the early years of your child’s life at Walt Disney World as a parent. With the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser coming at a high price point, however, you may not want to use this logic for booking a voyage before the kids will remember it. And, where the cost of the Starcruiser does not have any incentive for bringing toddlers (where in the theme parks children under three many enter the parks for free) you may prefer to stick to the theme parks until the kids are a little bit older.

Of course, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser looks like it will be a truly incredible experience for Star Wars fans of all ages, and if you think it is something the whole family would enjoy, we hope you are able to go and have a wonderful time! And if you decide to wait, the kids can always get a taste of the experience by visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and returning for a voyage on the Starcruiser later.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."