There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. Not only did season 2 of The Mandalorian end with a revelation that gave even The Empire Strikes Back’s iconic twist a run for its galactic credits, but several new live-action shows have been confirmed too. So obviously we’re going to talk about Walt Disney World’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser! And with the Halcyon set to dock this year, let’s look at what we know about it so far…
10. The Ship Is Called The ‘Halcyon’
For perhaps the first time ever, you’ll get to experience a ship from the Star Wars universe that isn’t equipped for battle. The Halcyon is a hotel that journeys to faraway galaxies, so you can enjoy out-of-this-world luxury and comfort during your stay. But don’t expect to step foot onto the Halcyon directly from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – no, you’ll be blasting off from Batuu via Launch Pod instead, before docking with the glamorous galactic starcruiser in space!
9. It Connects With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
You won’t have to go far, far away to board the Halcyon. The entrance will be located between the two signature attractions in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. However, the shuttle-pod transportation system will also be available to create a seamless transition between the galactically positioned starcruiser and the surface of Batuu, making you feel like you’re travelling through space!
8. It’s a 2-Night Experience
Set to be the most immersive hotel experience in the galaxy, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser does come as something of a double-edged lightsaber. The awesome part is that it’s a 2-night experience, but that’s also the downside. However, 2 nights (or 3 days) is undoubtedly ample time for you to be immersed into the world of the Halcyon and forge your own adventure. And as Darth Maul would agree, a double-edged lightsaber isn’t always a bad thing (sorry, Qui-Gon).
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7. The Rooms Offer Views of Space
Guest rooms will be known as ‘Passenger Cabins’ and have been designed to look like bunkers, embodying that familiar, almost futuristic Empire Strikes Back look-and-feel. But the most immersive feature isn’t on the inside – it’s on the outside. Yes, each cabin offers views of space, where you’ll catch sight of other ships and worlds on your journey! You might want to pull the shutters down if you spot any industrial-looking moons, though (hint: those aren’t moons).
6. Every Journey Is Unique
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is an immersive experience that allows guests to interact with their surroundings and become part of their own storylines, where no two adventures will be the same. Though details are slim, we do know that you’ll be able to operate the Halcyon’s navigation and defense systems at the ship’s Bridge, and mix with the crew and passengers in the Atrium, the ship’s central hub whose hustle and bustle will put Mos Eisley Cantina to shame.
5. There Are Secret Missions
Little information is known about what the Halcyon’s secret missions might entail, but what we do know is that they’ll be somewhat bespoke for every visitor. Rumor has it one might also be able to pilot a ship of some kind (no, not the Halcyon – that’s the job of the hotel manager). Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is continually being described as “immersive”, so there’s no doubt that these missions will be as rich as everything else this 2-night experience has to offer.
4. It Has Its Own ‘Cantina’
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a hotel experience, and with such a place comes the opportunity to kick back and enjoy some blue milk (no, not directly from the source – yes, we’re looking at you, Luke). That’s where Silver C Lounge comes in, a place where Jedi Masters and Padawans alike can relax and enjoy some out-of-this-world food and beverages. And luckily for you, it looks far more sophisticated than the usual Scum and Villainy-filled haunts.
3. There’s Lightsaber Training
Want to start your lightsaber training and become the next Luke Skywalker? Well, your dreams will come true when you board the Halcyon, because train like a Jedi you can. You can also partake in duels too, so you’ll need plenty of practice! After all, Luke didn’t learn everything overnight. But don’t worry, you won’t be expected to do handstands or carry Yoda around like some sort of backpack while you run.
2. The Force Is Strong In The Detail
When it comes to detail, Walt Disney World spares no expense. Views of space won’t just be limited to Passenger Cabins – they’ll be available in all other areas of the ship, including the Atrium. And you’ll see more than just stars too – other ships will pass by, and so will entire worlds. There will also be computer monitors dotted about, staff will be dressed in appropriate attire, and there will even be droids and alien creatures among the Halcyon’s population!
1. A Port Excursion of Batuu Is Included
We don’t know about you, but we’re itching for that recently announced open-world Star Wars game. But it’s going to be an ambitious project to say the least. So perhaps Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will do for now. After all, you aren’t just limited to roaming the Halcyon, as there will be a Port Excursion included, which will see you visit Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost. The sky isn’t the limit for this unique, immersive Star Wars experience.
The exact arrival date for Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser is unknown, and it’s possible things might change due to the ongoing viral crisis. We also don’t know how the crisis will affect the hotel once it’s open, as safety protocols will no doubt continue throughout Walt Disney World. But what we do know is that when this experience is finally made available to guests, it will be out of this world…