Story Living on the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser
News came out on May the 4th be with you regarding the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser that will give people a chance to live out their Star Wars stories. Only this isn’t story telling, according to Disney. It’s Story Living. Here you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions and actions – or even the casual conversations you may have – determine how your personal journey unfolds. Theoretically, this experience will be so immersive that you will feel like you are living in the Star Wars universe. This podcast peels back much of what has been shared about this experience and projects what guests might encounter as they take on this one-of-a-kind vacation now set to premiere in 2022. That may mean spoilers, so beware. But we’ll look at all of it, and then also ask the question, will it be worth it?
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Galactic Star Cruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World & Launch Pod
Once you have arrived and checked in at the terminal, enter a Launch Pod, jump to hyperspace and rendezvous with the Halcyon star cruiser. 5 minutes later you remember that you forgot the kid’s diapers back in the van.
How will this voyage compare to Space 220’s lift from earth? Or what you see in Rise or Star Tours?
During your stay aboard this glamorous ship, you may interact with an eclectic group of characters both familiar and new, possibly including the Starcruiser’s strong and charismatic captain, a plucky ship’s mechanic and a galactic superstar singer. There could even be droids.
Is this the new Adventurer’s Club? Is this where all the Citizens of Hollywood are beaming up to? Like the atrium on the Disney Cruise Ship, will this simply become a meet ‘n’ greet space, or will it offer something more interactive than a photo op?
The bridge offers interactive events for you to participate in, as do most of the other facilities. On the Bridge and elsewhere you will be part of a mission, with responsibilities where you have a role to play. After all, there’s conflict in space. And you must help to save the galaxy. Here you will operate the ship’s navigation and defense systems under the crew’s guidance.
Disney shares that you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions and actions – or even the casual conversations you may have – determine how your personal journey unfolds. This has been promised before somewhere, hasn’t it?
This is a hundred bed hotel with a handful of suites. But they are in size something more akin to a cruise ship cabin.
Jedi Training Center
You’ll have the opportunity to train in the ancient ways of the lightsaber.
In the video we share below there is a new type of lightsaber Rey is holding in her hand, created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development. Guests who experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be the first to see it in action.
Crown of Corellia Dining Room
This is a little like Be Our Guest. It’s one set up for one set of meals (breakfast and lunch in this case) and another setup in the evening. Will guests be seated to particular tables like on a cruise ship? Will there be multiple seatings like on a cruise ship?
The lounge singer mentioned earlier can captivate an entire room with the crook of one jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger. She will be a featured performer during one of your exquisite dining experiences inside the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, which you can see in this artist concept rendering we’re sharing today for the first time. The enticing supper club’s name is an homage to Corellia, the planet known galaxy-wide for its shipyards that gave us not only the Halcyon starcruiser, but also the Millennium Falcon. The dining room is a bright and welcoming hall that will offer breakfast and lunch to passengers before transitioning each evening into a lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins.
Not the Sunlight but the Sublight lounge. And not the Silver C. Note that not only beverages are served but there are interactive games as well. And droids. Did we mention droids? Disney says It is apparently “a warm and inviting retreat for passengers of all ages.” Will this be family during the day and adults only at night?
There are a couple of spaces not accounted for (other than the pool and spa area).
In the engineering room, passengers can sneak into a crew-only area and discover the inner workings of the ship’s systems. It was not mentioned on their latest post, nor is it now mentioned on their website.
Where’s the gift shop? There’s always a gift shop? And do they sell diapers?
Visiting The Planet Batuu
Probably mid-day on the second and only full-day of your experience you will have a chance to go to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. This is what Disney hopes you imagine:
This is what you’ll see on the inside:
There have been a couple of different drawings of the excursion ship. All of them have no windows and only one door. But there’s still room for 1,000. Probably this will be in waves of guests as there is a limit on how many can fit in an excursion ship at one time. It also is in their benefit to have some on board doing activities while the others are in the park and then switch.
Where will you land?
This yellow arrow was drawn earlier, probably to represent an original landing. Having been backstage, that’s a great area to re-emerge, not not a great area to navigate an excursion bus, I mean ship through.
More likely is this scenario next to First Order Cargo.
This puts you in Batuu near where Kylo Ren’s tie fighter is docked.
What if you want to park hop after you’re done with the Studios? What if you miss your excursion ship for going back home while waiting in line at Tower of Terror?
Are you thrown out like on the Disney Cruise Ships, so they can do a quick turn around? Is there a final event, or did it all come to an end the night before? Is there a bus waiting to take me over to Pop Century for the rest of my trip? Can I afford the rest of my trip?
Is It Worth It?
- Price is rumored to be 10K for a family of four. What will that include?
- You still have to pay your own airfare or transportation to Walt Disney World.
- You still have to pay for the rest of your vacation.
- How would you compare it to a week long cruise somewhere on DCL or on the new Disney Wish?
- If this fails, will Guardians of the Galaxy take it over.
- Meanwhile, when will we see other elements come back–or will they?
- Jedi Training Academy
- Launch Bay Film and Meet ‘n’ Greets
- Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
The Wayfinder Society: A Patreon Site for Disney Fans
We are offering a new program where you have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive offerings from Disney at Play and Disney at Work. Join us as we introduce our new Patreon program, the Wayfinder Society, intended to give you new insights to all things Disney, whether its work or play. I am truly excited to share this new opportunity with you and look forward to creating new experiences that you will enjoy whether at home or at the Disney parks. There are a variety of options for joining, depending on your interests:
When you join, you will be given access to unique, interactive apps that explores the parks in new ways, offering stories, photos, videos and more.
Here are some of the interactive apps we share with members of our society:
- Pandora: World of Avatar: This is an expansive and detailed look at every aspect of this land. You can’t find any source that has covered this entire land with its attractions, retail and dining more in depth.
- Pirates of the Caribbean Across the Globe: We not only compare this attraction in parks world-wide, but we deep dive into what makes each unique. Currently we’ve covered Tokyo Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. More to come!
- Coming Soon! S.E.A. Assembled! The Society of Adventurers and Explorers are coming to the Wayfinder Society. We’ll document their whereabouts and showcase their imprint on Disney attractions world-wide.
- Disney at Work Interactive Tour: Disneyland. For our upper tiers, we have an interactive business tour of Disneyland to include more than fifty attractions spread throughout the park. These are best-in-business ideas you can apply to your own organization.
- Coming Soon! Disney at Work Interactive Tour: Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary. Looking at the heritage of Most Magical Place in the World, we draw best practices from over the years that you can again, apply to your organization.
As you see, we have so much to share. And when you donate, a portion of your contribution goes to Embrace Celebration, dedicated to helping Disney Cast Members and others in this area who are unemployed during this pandemic. To learn more, visit our site to discover our offerings and various tiers. Join us!