The one thing I keep getting asked about – Galactic Starcruiser. Y’all! This was incredible. And I know what you’re thinking, “Haley, you have to say that, you love Disney.” Okay, you’re right. I do love Disney. But trust me when I say – Disney does not get a pass from me on every single thing, and something like THIS? Does not just get an automatic stamp of approval. Not with that price tag! This is long one….settle in with your blue milk, pal.
just a real quick disclaimer…
While I’m personally very big on spoilers (hello, my name is Haley and I read the wikipedia plot section of every movie before I watch) – I’m not here to spoil anything for anyone, so this is a totally spoiler free zone. Alright, let’s go.
The Halcyon/Accommodations: Stepping onboard the Halcyon (the hotel) is truly memorable! It feels very galactic. Like, I felt like I’m on a luxurious spaceship that could just very well be in the Star Wars movies. The common spaces are well thought out and honestly very pretty from an aesthetic standpoint. As for our room – We were booked for a standard cabin, which sleeps 4 guests, or 5, with a pull down sleeper. I’ll be honest, despite how thoughtfully laid out the space was, it was a tight squeeze for the 4 of us. However, the sleeping arrangements were comfortable and we were in our room so rarely that it wasn’t a huge deal. It was the biggest issue when getting ready for the day, otherwise, the space was not an issue. I got a TON of questions about the bunks, since I slept on it. Comfy, yes. Spacious, surprisingly, yes (I’m 5’8″ and it was perfectly fine for me, with room to spare). Would ask for an extra blanket next time, though.
The Food: Overall, the food was honestly amazing, but by the end of the two days, I just really was looking forward to totally normal chicken tenders! Everything I tried was so fun and served in such unique presentation that even “normal” food looked Jedi-worthy. Should you ever reach a point where you need “normal” food, you can always order off the “Younglings” (kids) menu which consists of things like chicken, pizza, fries, etc.
The Characters: I’ll just say this… Ouannii is my new BFF. Galactic Starcruiser did a fun job at mixing old and new friends into the experience. And yes, they just roam the ship and you interact with them freely! It’s WILD.
The Onboard “Missions”: This was so fun! From the minute you get on, start scanning your Magic Band wherever possible and start doing all the things! It was so funny seeing people get messages and drop everything and go do the task that was asked of them. I didn’t think this was an aspect that I would enjoy since I’m not into “games” but this was SO FUN. Also? Lightsaber training – TOO GOOD. It was so much fun!
Excursion to Batuu: As a frequent flyer to Galaxy’s Edge (and Hollywood Studios in general), we only stayed long enough to complete our missions, stop by Oga’s Cantina for a drink, and grab a quick lunch at Docking Bay 7. There’s just so much to do on board that I didn’t necessarily feel the need to stick around longer than that, or leave Galaxy’s Edge.
Was it worth it? Worth is really, really subjective. However… yes. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It does take the right person to do this experience though. You have to be willing to get into it, to participate, to play into the storyline! But what’s interesting about this is that I’m very generally a bystander when it comes to things like this, but this was such fun that it made getting involved very easy. In our group of 4, we had one who has been a lifelong Star Wars fan, and one who had only seen 1 of the movies– we all had fun! I think that speaks volumes as to what kind of experience that Disney has cultivated.
Ready for your Star Wars adventure? Let’s chat about your options and if this experience is right for you!