In a galaxy not so far away, a new and innovative Star Wars experience will soon launch from the Walt Disney World Resort.
When Disney announced they were going to be building a “spacecruiser” that would allow guests to be fully immersed in the Star Wars experience, the Star Wars universe went wild! But, what exactly is the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?” We dug a little deeper into this project and have all the details on the new experience coming in 2022 to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Luckily, Disney Imagineer Ann Morrow Johnson sat down to give the world a look into the newest adventure and gave us all a look into exactly what we are in for when the “resort” opens in 2022.
What is the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
“YOU ARE TRULY ON BOARD A SHIP”
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will offer fans a two-night itinerary, in which guests find themselves traveling aboard the Halycon starship and living out their own Star Wars story. If that sounds like something only Star Wars fans could dream up, that’s because it was.
“This project is a really fun one because it really did generate out of classic, blue-sky, Imagineers sitting around talking about what would be fun. What are the types of experiences that we just think our guests, or frankly, we, want to experience in the world? And so this absolutely came out of a conversation about, ‘Don’t you just want to sleep on a starcruiser? Like, how cool would it be if you got to live out a Star Wars story over multiple days?’”- Disney Imagineer Ann Morrow Johnson
A journey on the Halcyon will go something like this. You’ll arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World and check in for a two-night experience before entering a Launch Pod for transport to the stars. You’ll even get to watch from windows as the world beneath gets smaller and smaller. Following the jump to hyperspace, you’ll soon dock with the Halcyon, board, and the story starts. But to paraphrase a famous Star Wars quote, that’s only where the fun begins.
“Over your two-day, two-night vacation, you will get to not just wield a lightsaber(*Scroll down to the bottom to learn more about that lightsaber) and learn how to operate the controls at the front of the ship. It’s possible, because it’s Star Wars, that things might go awry and over the course of those two days, two nights, you’ll be called into action to actually get wrapped up in that overall galactic conflict. And depending on which path you choose — how you choose to play, which characters you choose to interact with, where you choose to be at any given time — will determine the story that you live out and get to see unfold.” Johnson says that guests can align with the Resistance (the story is set between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, same as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) or betray them. As for how that impacts one’s vacation, we’ll have to wait to find out.
SIMILAR TO A CRUISE
One driving element for Johnson and the entire team bringing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to life is immersion. It’s their goal to make fans feel like they’re really on a starship in Star Wars. “You are truly on board a ship,” she says. “When you look out the window, you will see a galaxy far, far away. When you’re at the front of the ship, you’ll see us moving forward. If you’re on the starboard side, you’ll see it moving to the side. On the port side, same deal. And just like any other cruise, we have an itinerary. So we have a set list of planets that we will visit. It’s possible that we might take a detour or two if we find ourselves in unexpected circumstances. But you will be able to see those planets, other ships, maybe the occasional asteroid field, out the window as we cruise from place to place. On board we have a whole host of characters who are joining us on our adventure, and that’s everything from the crew of the ship to a few folks that you might recognize from the movies, and they’ll need our help over the course of our adventure.” Who might those movie characters be? “I can tell you that it’s possible we might run into Rey, Chewbacca, and if we play our cards wrong, Kylo Ren.”
TOTAL STAR WARS EXPERIENCE
Guests experiencing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will have fantastic meals in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, seen in this artist concept rendering. The enticing supper club is a bright and welcoming hall offering menus of both otherworldly and familiar origins. One night’s dinner will feature a live performance from a galactic superstar.
The immersion factor does not stop there. The makers of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser want fans to be active participants. “We are encouraging our guests to be in full cosplay,” she says. “So if you want to have Twi’lek lekku and a full robe, we are all for it aboard the Halcyon. And then we will treat you like the well-heeled galactic traveler that you are.” And you will be traveling in style.
If you’re wondering just what kind of ship the Halcyon is, think more Lando’s elegant Millennium Falcon, and less Han’s beat-up hand-me-down. “This is the Coruscant, Canto Bight, Dryden’s yacht, Orient Express of space,” Johnson says. “The food, the dining, the overall experience is an upscale, refined version of Star Wars that guests haven’t gotten a chance to step into yet.” While it all sounds like a dream vacation for Star Wars aficionados, Johnson also points out that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be just as enjoyable for those who can’t tell their Wookiees from their Ewoks.
“I deeply believe that this has to be fun for people who love Star Wars and the people who love them,” she says. “So if you have never heard of Chewbacca before, or you’ve never heard of a lightsaber before, our goal is that you still have a great time. If you want to sit back, drink a space cocktail, and watch it all happen, that’s awesome. Have a fantastic space cruise.”
DID SOMEONE MENTION LIGHTSABERS?
Not only will you be in a whole new world, but you’ll also have some new toys to play with. In the announcement yesterday they debuted a video of the new retractable lightsaber that will be released. (take a look at the video just below) But, one of the onboard activities, when you are on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, will invite guests to wield a lightsaber while facing off against a training remote! How cool is that?
Check out the lightsaber below:
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Source: excerpts and quotes from this post are from Star Wars and Disney Parks