If you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars then partaking in a 2-night adventure aboard the Galactic Starcruiser is an absolutely must – if your bank account lets you.
Below is an in-depth guide and review of my recent Disney’s Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser stay.
- Overview of the Galactic Starcruiser Adventure
- What’s Included Aboard the Galactic Starcruiser?
- Boarding Process
- Room (Cabin)
- Food and Dining Onboard
- Onboard Activities
- Planet Excursion to Batuu
- How much does the Galactic Starcruiser cost?
- How do I book a stay on the Galactic Starcruiser?
- Do you feel trapped or claustrophobic on the Galactic Starcruiser?
- Is the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser worth it?
Overview of the Galactic Starcruiser Adventure
The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is a two-night experience where you and your group will embark on a first of its kind, immersive Star Wars Adventure.
Once you step on the launch pod, you’ll be transported to the Halcyon Starcruiser, a comfortable and beautiful “hotel” which will be your new home for two nights.
Aboard the Halcyon, guests will have a full itinerary filled with lightsaber training, dinner theater, Bridge Training, secret missions, and even an excursion to Batuu (Hollywood Studios).
What’s Included Aboard the Galactic Starcruiser?
Here’s what’s included in every vacation package:
- 2-night stay in a well-appointed cabin or suite
- all meals (excluding alcoholic or speciality beverages)
- entry to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge as well as the rest of Hollywood Studios
- Bridge Training
- Lightsaber Training
- Unique activities in the Atrium
- valet parking
- The last night’s entertainment was incredibly fun and enjoyable
- Enjoyed all the character interaction throughout the ship
- Love that you have reserved time slots for your onboard activities like Lightsaber Training
- Very nice rooms
- Unlimited Green and Blue Milk on tap
- Food is actually pretty good, especially the lunch buffet option
- you can go home whenever you want
- the excursion to Hollywood Studios isn’t nearly long enough
- You can’t leave the property whenever you want
- Some may find the dinner to taste a little too unique for some palettes
- Not too many activities to do if you don’t have anything assigned in your itinerary
- No nightlife besides a small bar
- very expensive
When you arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser, valet will take your car for you (included with stay) while a member from the bellhop will take your bags and drop them off in your cabin after you check-in.
Once you step out the car, a Cast Member will greet you with a bag consisting of your Magic Bands as well as an iPhone loaded with your itinerary for you stay.
You’ll then be escorted through a quick security checkpoint which is where you’ll watch a safety/information video.
Then it’s time to board a Launch Pod to the Starcruiser.
From this point on is where the insanely immersive adventure truly begins.
The standard room/cabin aboard the Galactic Starcruiser are very cool.
Each room includes a walk in shower and even a vanity which is a nice touch.
Plus, there’s even a pull out table near the window.
Aside from the queen sized bed, there are also two built-in bunkbeds which are actually really comfortable and massive.I’m 6’1” and I had a good 10 inches of leg/headroom.
But the star of the show is definitely the window which gives you a glimpse of planets that you’re cruising nearby as well as nearby ships.
They are a little on the smaller side and it may give some folks claustrophobic vibes but honestly, it isn’t too bad. If you ever stayed in an interior room on a cruise ship then it feels exactly like that, but just a smidge bigger.
For a quick room tour, check out the video below:
When booking, there are three room types to choose from:
- Standard Cabin (which is what I stayed in)
- Galaxy Class Suite (two windows, living space, and 2 wall pull down beds)
- Grand Captain Suite (sleeps up to 8 with 2 queen beds, 2 bunk beds, and 2 wall pull down beds)
Food and Dining Onboard
There are two-dining locations aboard the Halcyon – Crown of Corellia Dining Room and Sublight Lounge.
The Crown of Corellia is where you’ll have your nightly dinners as well as you breakfast and lunch buffet.
The Sublight Lounge is where you can enjoy unique cocktails as well as a few small bites.
There’s also a refreshment area in the lobby that’s stocked with free snacks such as fruits, candy, popcorn, and other galactic goodies.
Crown of Corellia Dining Room
Crown of Corellia Dining room is where you can enjoy the breakfast and lunch buffet every day as well as where you’ll have your nightly dinner experience that features distinctive entertainment and a curated menu of the most delicious dishes from across the galaxy.
Food-wise, the options are actually really good. It’s just typical American food presented in a very unique way. I also love the trays and how everything just fits so perfectly.
If there’s one thing that stands out to me about the breakfast and lunch buffet, it’s the fact that there is unlimited Green and Blue Milk. You literally can just grab a cup, fill up, enjoy, and repeat.
Plus, there’s no one to stop you from mixing both the green and blue ones.
Dinner features live entertainment from a Galactic Superstar as well as some special galactic superstars.
Here’s everything we were served for dinner between the two nights:
On your last night, there is a late-night dessert buffet that you can check out. From buttered blue gains (popcorn) and ice cream mochi, to sorbet and sweet ube cream, these desserts were very tasty.
I think this was my favorite spot aboard the ship. When you picture a Star Wars bar, this is what I think of. Chill music, cool atmosphere and Sabacc gaming tables. The only downfall is that there wasn’t that much seating available.
Be sure to try the Fiery Mustafarian which is made with añejo tequila, mezcal, stone fruit, lime, chili, black salt, and lava extract.
I loved that they had complimentary snacks, candies, fruits, and other goodies that you could grab and go.
Those cornbread fries were fire.
Also in the lobby, you’ll find a self-service water station that includes cold, room temperature, and sparkling water dispensers. Each cabin has a refillable glass water bottle that you can take to the lobby and fill up as needed.
When you embark on your journey, each guest/cabin will be assigned an itinerary which includes pre-booked time slots for Lightsaber Training, Bridge Training, and dinner.
This was a really fun experience. Being able to train with a lightsaber similar to how you would see Luke or Rey do it in the movies was very enjoyable. Plus, wielding the lightsaber three times in one training session made this 30 minute activity worth it for sure.
Piloting and protecting the Halcyon (ship name) was probably my favorite activity out of the two we did. Most will probably disagree but being in the bridge and partaking in three separate activities to pilot and protect the ship was extremely interactive.
When you are on the Halcyon, you’ll be given tasks (optional) from other characters aboard the ship, asking for your assistance. This is where you can decide if you want to help the First Order or the Resistance. After completing a few select tasks, you’ll be given special access to restricted areas around the ship that you can explore and continue your storyline.
I think this was one of the coolest aspects on the Halcyon because you are able to get access to secret rooms and locations scattered throughout the hotel. There’s just something about entering in secret codes and numbers on keyboards to open sliding doors just seemed so cool to me.
Planet Excursion to Batuu
A nice added touch to a stay on the Halcyon is that every guest gets access to Hollywood Studios for a few hours.
Best of all, your Magic Band is pre-loaded with a Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run, as well as a lunch credit.
To start your journey to Batuu, you must first hop on to 3 minute long transport pod that will take you straight to Galaxy’s Edge.
From there you’ll work your way to a newly opened portion of Galaxy’s Edge that has blocked out only for Halcyon guests.
From there you can grab a free Smart Water and continue on throughout the park.
Just don’t forget to wear your exclusive pin 😉
Guests are encouraged to use their lunch credit at Docking Bay 7 but you can actually use it at any Quick Service location at Hollywood Studios so we went to PizzeRizzo instead.
We then made sure to hop onto Rise of the Resistance because it’s not common that we get to ride that ride for free without having to pay for an Individual Lightning Lane or wait in the standby line.
We did however skip Smuggler’s Run because to be honest, it’s not that fun unless you are the pilots. But that’s just me.
How much does the Galactic Starcruiser cost?
Here’s how much a 2-night journey aboard the Galactic Starcruiser in a Standard Cabin costs during the weekday:
- 2 guests per cabin = $4,809
- 3 guests per cabin (2 adults, 1 child) = $5,299
- 4 guests (3 adults, 1 child) = $5,999
Unfortunately, I can’t find any official price listings for the Galaxy Class Suite or the Grand Captain Suite.
How do I book a stay on the Galactic Starcruiser?
To book a stay on the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, you must call 407-939-1800
Just be sure to have you desired travel dates ready beforehand as well as the type of cabin you want to reserve.
Do you feel trapped or claustrophobic on the Galactic Starcruiser?
The absence of windows takes a little bit of time to get used to, especially in your stateroom.
However in the lobby, it’s doesn’t feel too bad since it’s very spacious and spread out.
But if you feel like you’re trapped and need to get some fresh air and see the sun, then you can visit the Outdoor Climate Simulator (which is basically you just stepping outside in a small, closed off space). This really does help a lot.
Do you need to dress up?
Although never required, guests are encouraged to don their galactic best. But if you don’t have anything at home, you can shop at The Chandrila Collection which has authentic costumes, exotic headwater, and more.
Personally, I didn’t dress up to the extent that most guests did, but I didn’t feel like I was less involved in the storyline as I would have been if I was in a full-blown from head to toe.
Just wear what you’ll be comfortable in and you’ll have zero issues whatsoever.
Is the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser worth it?
If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan then I believe it’s absolutely worth it. From the daily entertainment offerings to the Lightsaber Training and excursion to Batuu, the overall experience is immersive from start to finish.
If you’re a casual fan that enjoys Star Wars but doesn’t live and breathe it and won’t be willing to dress up and play the role throughout your stay then I think you’re better off saving your money. Shoot, at that price, you’re better off doing a 7-night Star Wars Day at Sea abroad Disney Cruise Lines.
Personally, I love Star Wars and the last night truly made this experience incredible. That being said, there were just a few things that I didn’t like about my stay. I really wish that there was more things to do at night after dinner. Sure there’s a bar (Sublight Lounge), but it’s small and a little busy. Other than that, there really isn’t much to do besides hang out in the lobby.
I also wish you didn’t have such a short time at Hollywood Studios. I understand it’s part of the experience since you’re essentially doing an excursion like you would on a cruise ship, but I think that the time allocated was a little too short. But that’s pretty minor.
Honestly, I think it’s just weird being stuck in windowless “hotel” that you can’t really leave or walk out of.
Overall, my time at the Star Wars Hotel was a great experience to be apart of for 2-nights, but I think that was definitely the last time.
Honestly, I’ll save my money and take multiple trips to Disneyland.
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