Hoppy Star Wars Day — May the Fourth be with you! To celebrate, Disney released some frogciting new details about the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser ... new lightsaber, say what?!
With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney gained a toadally immersive land that allows “Star Wars” fans to travel to a galaxy far, far away. We thought it couldn’t get any better after Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance started launching Batuuan visitors into an epic battle against the First Order. But the Force is about to get even stronger at Disney World when Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser takes flight in 2022!
As a highly themed hotel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will not be any ordinary Disney Resort hotel. You'll become the hero of your own “Star Wars” story during a two-night stay aboard the starship, the Halcyon. Imagine sleeping among the cosmos, eating otherworldly food, and best of all, creating your own intergalactic adventure just like (and maybe even beside!) your favorite "Star Wars" characters! While we anxiously await more details, here’s everything we know so far about this ultimate “Star Wars” vacation experience. If you can't wait, you can now see a model of the ship on display for a limited time inside Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We’ll continue to update this post with new developments!
Overview of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
The opening date was originally set for 2021, but it has been pushed back to 2022. Once it debuts, guests will embark on a two-night adventure aboard the Halcyon, which is known throughout the galaxy for its exotic expeditions. All guests will arrive and depart Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the same time, similar to Disney Cruise Line. Once aboard, guests will stay in their own passenger cabins, experience onboard dining, take a trip to Batuu and more. Throughout the journey, guests will become part of the action by participating in activities and interacting with characters, crew members and fellow passengers as their individual stories unfold.
Arriving at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be located right near Disney’s Hollywood Studios … so close that we can’t imagine it’ll take more than one lightspeed jump to get to Batuu! Once guests arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal and check in, they will enter the Launch Pod that blasts them into space. Looking out of the overhead window, guests can watch as the Launch Pod leaps into hyperspace and draws closer to the Halcyon. When the Launch Pod docks, guests will emerge into the Atrium, the main deck of the Halcyon, where the crew will welcome them aboard.
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Experience
The part that excites us the most about the Galactic Starcruiser is how immersive it will be! Guests will be able to explore the Halcyon, everywhere from the Bridge to hidden spots in the Engineering Room. Under the crew’s guidance, passengers can learn how to operate the navigation and defense systems when taking a tour of the Bridge — skills that may just come in handy later during the journey. Guests can also sneak into the Engineering Room to discover the ship’s inner workings … or to hold secret meetings. Based on the concept art that Disney has released, droids and Stormtroopers roam about in the Atrium, as a group of guests gathers around Chewbacca for what looks like a covert mission. (You can count on us, Chewie!)
We can’t wait to find out about the other “Star Wars” characters who will join this epic adventure. Will we train with Rey, or fight against Kylo Ren? We now know that both familiar and new characters will be on board, including the ship's charismatic captain, a mechanic and a galactic superstar! The singer will be a featured performer during a dining experience at the Crown of Corellia Dining Room — a nod to the planet known for its shipyards where the Halcyon and the Millennium Falcon come from. The dining hall will serve breakfast and lunch before transitioning into a multi-course menu for dinner.
Another themed experience aboard the Halcyon will be lightsaber training. WITH A NEW TYPE OF LIGHTSABER. Based off of a teaser video, the lightsaber will activate right before your eyes, the blade forming from hilt to tip. Tadpoles and frogs alike will have a chance to wield their own lightsaber. Once it's forged, they can practice their skills against a training remote. Toadally awesome, right?! After all that hard work, guests can relax at the Silver C Lounge, a stylish lounge that offers a warm retreat for passengers of all ages.
Don’t expect any “real world” views of Earth while you’re aboard the Halcyon. Every window, including those in each passenger cabin, has ever-changing galactic views as the starship sails through space. Speaking of passenger cabins, each cabin can sleep up to five guests. Tadpoles will love sleeping in the space bunk beds!
Guests will also get to go on a planet excursion to Batuu with exclusive transport to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, emerging straight into the land. Travelers will also have the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and join the epic battle against the First Order on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The choices that guests make will affect their overall experience, both aboard the Halcyon and while roaming around Black Spire Outpost.
Based off of the information we know so far, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser promises a galactic voyage unlike any other. What are you most excited about? Let us know if you'll hop aboard the Halcyon!