I paid $7,000 for two nights at Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. It's not like the rest and I wish to return earlier than it closes.

  • I paid $7,000 for my household of 5 to remain on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser for 2 nights. 
  • The immersive expertise was not like something I’ve ever seen with nice meals and storylines.
  • I am not a “Star Wars” fan however I beloved it. My household needs to return earlier than it closes in September. 

When Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opened across the similar time as my husband’s milestone birthday final 12 months, I booked a voyage to let him stay out his “Star Wars” fantasy. 

After I dedicated to spending round $7,000 for 5 members of my household to spend two nights on the Starcruiser, I puzzled what I had gotten into.

The 2-night immersive expertise takes place at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In it, a bunch boards a “ship” on the similar time and turns into part of a real-time, real-life “Star Wars” journey.

We might go nearly wherever on this planet for the price of this two-night journey and I needed to remind myself, repeatedly, {that a} absolutely immersive “Star Wars” expertise was one of the best reward I might give my husband. Surprisingly, I wound up liking the expertise simply as a lot as him if no more.

On Thursday, Disney introduced it is shutting down the expertise in September, so making a return journey has grow to be larger on my precedence listing. This is what our Galactic Starcruiser expertise was like and why we’re attempting to return as quickly as doable. 

To organize, I attempted to look at all the ‘Star Wars’ films 

I am not an enormous “Star Wars” fan, so as soon as I booked the Galactic Starcrusier I attempted to look at all the films, some for the primary time.

The Galactic Starcruiser expertise takes place at a particular level within the “Star Wars” timeline so I targeted on these films. Feeling like I now had a stake within the “Star Wars” universe, I paid consideration to clothes, characters, and particulars. 

It isn’t essential to create a backstory for your self for the journey, however I might heard from previous passengers that having one and dressing for the universe could make the expertise even higher.

For the amount of cash I used to be paying, I needed to go all in. I began growing a backstory for the position I needed to play and scoured thrift shops for clothes to associate with my Insurgent pilot persona.

I feel I might’ve had fun it doesn’t matter what, however this preparation received me extra excited for the journey. I preferred my character, but when I get the possibility to return I might select a very completely different persona to set the tone for a distinct expertise. 

The onboard expertise was completely immersive and full of actions

the writer's son with a droid

I might additionally love to return and take one other flip at experiences not obtainable wherever else, at any worth.

Jamie Davis Smith

The fundamental Starcruiser storyline is that passengers are on the galaxy’s most luxurious ship for a trip. From there, issues shortly go awry.

To place the story in movement, every passenger solutions a sequence of questions on their Datapad (an app) that’ll set their path throughout the journey.

I tailor-made my solutions to attempt to get on the force-sensitive path with the purpose of being invited to a super-secret assembly with a Jedi. I used to be profitable, but when I have been to return I would not attempt to management my destiny or go in with a preconceived notion of the type of expertise I needed.

stormtroopers on the galactic starcruiser

At occasions, I wasn’t positive if I ought to soar into completely different interactions that I noticed taking place across the ship. On a return journey, I might be bolder and dive deeper into the storyline.

Jamie Davis Smith

The keep was additionally full of experiences not obtainable wherever else at any worth. I beloved battling asteroids, launching into hyperspace throughout bridge coaching, and enhancing my lightsaber expertise with a Saja. 

I additionally appreciated that the Galactic Starcruiser had actions for all ages. I had loads of enjoyable looking for hidden Porgs and having a Droid race with my 7-year-old son.

The journey features a particular cease at Disney World

the writer's family on a ship on the galactic starcruiser

The Galactic Starcruiser was extremely immersive.

Jamie Davis Smith

Like every cruise, the Galactic Starcruiser has a port of name. Through the keep, passengers cease at Batuu, which is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

My household boarded the transport to Batuu as early as doable, which meant we entered the park earlier than it was open to most people. As a result of we have been there so early, we have been capable of stroll onto rides Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Our journey bundle included Lightning Lane passes, which meant we might skip the road and journey every journey twice with out ready.

Whereas within the park, I accomplished a number of missions associated to the Galactic Starcruiser. My household additionally made non-obligatory stops at Oga’s Cantina to finish a mission and seize a snack and on the Droid Depot to construct a customized droid.

Each stops have been enjoyable, however on a return journey, I might skip these extras and spend extra time on the ship or on Galactic Starcrusier-specific missions. I like that we are able to nonetheless go to Galaxy’s Edge at any time however the go to will not be the identical.

I believed our room can be extra luxurious for the worth, however I nonetheless loved the expertise it supplied

bunk beds with kid on them in galactic starcruiser

My youngsters beloved the bunk beds.

Jamie Davis Smith

Since I used to be spending $7,000 for 2 nights, I initially anticipated an enormous, luxe room. That wasn’t what I received.

As an alternative, my room was compact with no actual window. It did have a “view of the galaxy,” a display that mimicked a window, although. It did not simply present a sprinkling of stars — it was a key a part of our story. Throughout “takeoff” we might see Earth getting smaller within the distance.

I additionally beloved interacting with our in-room Droid which was full of data and even took over telling my youngsters a bedtime story at night time. My youngsters loved sleeping within the bunk beds that checked out house on a spaceship.

I’ve by no means stayed in anywhere just like the Galactic Starcruiser and the room itself was nonetheless an expertise I actually loved. 

The meals on the Galactic Starcruiser was scrumptious and visually fascinating

tray of food on the star wars galactic starcruiser

The meals on the Galactic Starcruiser was scrumptious.

Jamie Davis Smith

Within the ship’s Crown of Corellia eating room, I had limitless entry to some basic “Star Wars” drinks just like the plant-based blue “milk” and a few of my Earthside favorites like cappuccino.

Breakfast and lunch have been buffets and each dinners have been sit-down meals that have been a part of the storyline.

tray of food on galactic starcruiser

The Galactic Starcruiser has a buffet for lunch and breakfast.

Jamie Davis Smith

Dinners included loads of leisure from being regaled by Gaya, the largest famous person within the galaxy, to feasting on an elaborate Style Across the Galaxy dinner with blue shrimp and different delicacies from across the “Star Wars” universe.

I nonetheless typically discover myself fascinated about the meals and would love to return to get a few of my favorites once more.

Specialty and alcoholic drinks weren’t included within the price ticket, so I did not attempt many. Subsequent time, I might. Two days weren’t sufficient to attempt every part.

Whether or not or not I make it again, I hope Disney makes this distinctive and scrumptious meals obtainable elsewhere within the parks or opens the Galactic Starcruiser eating room to the general public. 

The workers is a large a part of what made our Galactic Starcruiser keep so unbelievable

the wrtier, her kid, and characters on the galactic starcruiser

I hope that the gifted workers stays affiliated with “Star Wars” in some capability within the parks or elsewhere.

Jamie Davis Smith

The workers enjoying characters have been so expert at staying within the universe and maintaining friends engaged.

We met beforehand unheard-of characters and basic ones even essentially the most informal “Star Wars” followers (like me) would acknowledge. All the actors on board have been incredible, however First Order Lt. Croy was particularly hilarious. 

Past the primary characters, the workers was very pleasant and useful, prepared to assist clear up an issue or seize a cup of espresso for a passenger at any time.

In addition they appeared devoted to the immersion of the expertise. As a result of the Galactic Starcruiser is ready inside the “Star Wars” universe, the flicks do not exist when you’re there. I discovered to not ask any of the workers in the event that they have been “Star Wars” followers or had a favourite film from the franchise. At any time when I did, they acted confused and like that they had no concept what I used to be speaking about. 

Although I am nonetheless not the largest ‘Star Wars’ fan, I might return to the Galactic Starcuriser in a heartbeat

The writer's family on the Galactic Starcruiser

Going again is the one solution to do extra.

Jamie Davis Smith

I’ve traveled so much and have by no means skilled something just like the absolutely immersive expertise that the Galactic Starcruiser affords. It is arduous to swallow the worth tag, however I discover myself fascinated about the journey usually nearly a 12 months after I first set foot aboard the ship. I’ve stayed lively in on-line fan teams, too. 

Although our schedule was packed, I very a lot felt like I did not get to do every part, together with enjoying video games of sabacc and attempting drinks on the Cantina Chronicals tasting. 

Though I do know that a few of the novelty will likely be gone on a second journey, and a few wow-worthy moments will lack the factor of shock, I do not assume that may detract from the expertise a lot. As an alternative, I feel I might be taught from what went nicely and what did not to benefit from a return journey.

My youngsters, who’ve traveled everywhere in the world, do not ask to return to many locations however they’ve been asking for a return journey on the Galactic Starcruiser. With a brand new September deadline on the horizon, I hope to discover a solution to make it occur quickly earlier than my probability is gone eternally.

If I do not make it again, I will nonetheless have my reminiscences of being a really small a part of the “Star Wars” universe, even when it wasn’t lengthy sufficient.