In a galaxy far, far away, a timeless story of epic battles between the light and dark sides of The Force captivated audiences worldwide. Today, this legendary saga has evolved into a massive franchise that allows fans to fully immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe.
And now until September 28th 2023, some lucky people will be enjoying the exciting interactive stay experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, fans of all ages can become part of this thrilling tale like never before.
Step aboard the Galactic Starcruiser and embark on an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Experience special missions, engaging activities, delectable cuisine, and luxurious accommodations aboard this magnificent vessel.
Whether you’re traveling with family, and friends, or flying solo, prepare to be swept away on a journey of a lifetime.
So if you’re ready to embrace the power of The Force and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones, read on about this extraordinary space voyage today! From personal experience, we had the time of our lives, and one four year old, began his love of Star Wars!
What is the Galactic Starcruiser?
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Live out your wildest sci-fi fantasies over a stay of two days and two nights aboard the Galactic Starcruiser. This highly-immersive experience takes place in a themed spaceship (named the Halcyon Starcruiser) and includes spectacular accommodations, thrilling entertainment, culinary delights, and even beloved characters from Star Wars.
Designed with young and old fans in mind, the first-of-its-kind Galactic Starcruiser itinerary enables guests to choose which Star Wars adventure or storyline they wish to bring to life during their 2-day stay. This means that while the experience has options catered to adults, there is no reason why you cannot also enjoy every second of the Galactic Starcruiser with kids experience too!
How much does it cost?
The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser price depends on the number of people in your travel group, your voyage dates, and the kind of accommodation you select. It usually starts from $889 per guest per night, which works out to $5,299 for 2 adults and a child.
How long do you get to ride the Galactic Starcruiser?
Once aboard the Starcruiser, you have two full days and nights of activities, missions, experiences, and food and drinks, all centered around this grand space Odyssey. You will be provided with a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser MagicBand (known as an M- band on board) upon arrival, and have valet parking, accommodation, and admission to lunch in Hollywood Studios included in your ticket.
What is the Datapad?
Think of the Datapad as the ultimate key pass to everything on the Galactic Starcruiser. Available as a feature on the Play Disney Parks App, the Datapad lets you check in, organize your Galactic Starcruiser Schedule, assign tasks for completion, and interact with crew members and other characters.
It includes nifty little features like maps, puzzles, and tools to help you and your kids craft your own personalized adventure. Unlock secret messages or participate in challenges, which you can keep track of under the Events tab on the Datapad.
If you want to add a more personalized touch to your experience, choose the characters you wish to meet, and the missions you plan to go on. You can even decide whether you wish to join the Light Side or the Dark Side of The Force! Your decisions choose the activities and path you will take on this adventure!
Since your voyage is available on the Play Disney Parks App 60 days before the experience, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the way it works by linking it to the My Disney Experience account.
While the kids will need accounts to play, you can consider foregoing the datapad for your toddler. If you still think they’d benefit from having one to enhance their experience, you can borrow a fully charged device with Datapad from the Ship’s reception for an additional charge.
Planning the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Itinerary
Day one includes exploring the many passages, levels, and experiences that the spaceship has to offer and settling in for the journey of a lifetime. As you set out to familiarize yourself with all the nooks and crannies of the vessel, set aside any worries you have about your wandering young ones.
The best part about the Galactic Starcruiser is that it is easy to navigate with most paths accessible in just a few minutes. This means you can confidently go about your own journey without having to worry about losing sight of the kids as they explore and make friends with other little adventurers.
On day 2, gear up for a non-stop, crucial mission that involves heading out to catch scoundrels, rogues, and smugglers at Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost. Here, each guest can complete tasks on the Data Pad, visit popular spots, and meet characters from the franchise!
The transport shuttle to Batuu is a wild ride exclusive to guests of the Halcyon, and the visit also includes priority access to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Watch out for fan faves like Rey, Chewie, Kylo Ren, and the First Order Stormtroopers patrolling the sites.
Parents visiting with younger kids need to factor in the height requirement for the rides (40″ for Rise of the Resistance and 38″ for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run). If there are at least two adults in the group, take turns by using the Rider Switch option and satisfy your inner nerd.
To refuel after a day of excitement, Oga’s Cantina is the place to be. This local watering hole is more suited for adults, but they do provide non-alcoholic concoctions and snacks for younglings too.
Things to do with young kids on Galactic Starcruiser
The Galactic Starcruiser offers a plethora of engaging activities that are suitable for both children and adults. However, it’s important to keep in mind that younger kids may need some downtime during their visit. As such, it’s recommended to select activities that won’t run too late into the evening or to have an adult ready to step in when needed.
Due to the intensity of the experience, certain age limits and height restrictions apply. To help younger kids get the most out of their visit, here are some of the best Galactic Starcruiser activities that are well-suited to their needs.
Bridge Ops and Lightsaber training are for all guests, whereas other activities may be defined by your choices and interactions. We’ve not gone into depth with these here but they vary from locating Jedi artifacts for Saja, rescuing a droid, delivering resistance data, sabotaging, secret debriefs and meetings, spying and more depending whether you are a Jedi, Smuggler or with Lt Croy working for the First Order.
You won’t be able to do all! The activities below are all ones which everyone can do.
Bridge Ops Training
The Passenger Services crew prepares guests to defend the Halcyon from “unlikely” attacks that may take place. During this 45-minute experience, kids get to enjoy fantastic views outside the windows and choose one of the four stations: Weapons Console, Shield Station, Loaders Console, or Systems Console.
Much like a videogame involves playing with a room full of teammates, this experience includes shooting lasers at targets, flying robots through space, following coded messages, and shielding the ship from debris. There’s even story time with the captain, and a chance to experience every Star Wars fan’s deepest wish: jumping into hyperspace.
If that’s not a Star Wars dream come true, we don’t know what is!
For kids 7 and above, the Galactic Starcruiser lightsaber training experience under the tutelage of the Saja is an unmissable opportunity. As Luke Skywalker first did, kids get to face off against a training remote where they wield a lightsaber and shield.
If my Galactic Starcruiser review for this experience could say one thing, it would be that it is the adventure of a lifetime!
Loth-Cat Porg Detection Drill
For children aged 7 and under, the Loth-Cat Porg Detection Drill is an exciting hide-and-seek game that involves searching for hidden stuffed porgs in the Engineering Room. With the help of the Loth-Cat Crew, young ones can engage in friendly combat using blue or green blades against the adult “Loth-Wolves” armed with red blades.
This runs early afternoon on day 2, if you return back from Batuu before the last shuttle.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the “Image Scanner”, a tool that allows you to capture special moments with your little ones during this fun-filled activity.
Grab your droid and enjoy racing them in the atrium of the Halycon.
Things to do with Teens during your Galactic Starcruiser trip
Strut your ‘out of this world’ costumes and outfits in the Atrium of the Halycon.
Droid Depot on Batuu.
If “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” ( as Obi-Wan famously says), create a customized droid of your own at the Droid Depot. Your teens will have access to all the chips, manuals, and other parts to build their trusted sidekick.
And if you suspect they might possess the mechanical and racing skills of young Anakin, enter their droid in a winner-takes-all racing competition!
Tip: Add this activity up to 60 days in advance after your Galactic Starcruiser booking.
SAVI’S WORKSHOP – HANDBUILT LIGHTSABERS on Batuu
Book into Savi’s Workshop on Batuu and build your very own custom lightsaber – an absolute must-do for any Star Wars fan! While it is open to all kids 5 years and older, it will likely be most appreciated by teens who love unique memorabilia and trinkets.
It’s worth noting that this experience comes at a cost – $249.99 per lightsaber, plus tax. While it may be a bit pricey, many visitors find it to be a one-of-a-kind experience that’s well worth the investment. Be sure to book your reservation at least 60 days in advance to secure your spot.
Costumes on Galactic Starcruiser With Kids
At the Galactic Starcruiser, dressing up in themed clothing is always encouraged (though it’s completely optional). The characters on board will even interact with you based on your clothing, so it’s a good idea to choose between the Light or Dark Side wisely.
You can get into character by dressing up as your favorite Star Wars characters, or simply wear Jedi robes for a more immersive experience.
If you’re looking for themed clothing or exclusive Galactic Starcruiser merchandise, The Chandrila Collection on the spaceship is the place to be. Alternatively, you can shop ahead of time on ShopDisney.
If you have your own costumes (as many Star Wars fans might), you can wear them on the journey, but it’s important to check the costume guidelines before packing for your stay. e.g cloaks and outfits must not touch the floor for your trip to Batuu and full face paint or masks are not allowed.
Cabins on Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser
Your Star Wars adventure wouldn’t be complete without a stay in the unique and hyperrealistic cabins of the Walt Disney Star Wars Hotel. These cabins provide a one-of-a-kind experience that is sure to transport you to a galaxy far, far away.
Each cabin boasts “space viewports” or interactive vidscreens, which offer breathtaking views of the galaxy. And when it’s time to rest, simply shut the curtains with the push of a button.
The standard cabin is perfect for families, with a Queen bed, 2 bunk beds, and a wall pull-down bed that can accommodate 4-5 passengers. There’s a safe, mini-fridge, and a pull-out table too. The orange berths with tiny reading lights add a touch of authenticity that Star Wars fans will appreciate.
In addition to these amenities, the cabins also come with a hair dryer, spa and bath products, and a phone with voicemail messages. Disney has also hidden plenty of exhilarating surprises around the room to enhance your experience.
For those looking for something extra special, the Galaxy Class Suite offers a single queen bed and two wall pull-outs, a seating area, a double vanity bath, and a bar area. But the real highlight is the two viewports that provide unparalleled views of space.
And if you’re traveling with a larger group, the two-bedroom Grand Captain’s Suite is the perfect choice. It combines two standard cabins with a suite, featuring two queen beds, 2 bunk beds, and 2 wall pull-down beds that can comfortably accommodate 8 people.
The suite also includes a bath with double vanity, a second bath with a single vanity, a bar, and three viewports that provide interactive entertainment.
Reminder: There are no bathtubs, which means only quick showers here. You can also choose to give younger, fussier kids a quick wipe-down.
Food on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
One of the most compelling reasons for Star Wars fans to take part in the Galactic Starcruiser experience is the dining. The dining experience is a feast for the eyes, the stomach, and the Star Wars fantasies!
Served in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, the bento-style breakfast and lunches are the perfect start to the day. The buffet system offers Galactic Starcruiser food that is a delight for all the senses.
Visually appealing, the meals are plated aesthetically to remind you of dishes from a far-off land despite their familiarity. There are, of course, kid-friendly options too and special menus for those with dietary restrictions. If needed, there are also earth-friendly options like pasta, fries, and pizza available. Just ask your server and food will be with you in a lightspeed.
While you can lunch on Batuu at Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo or Ronto Roasters in Hollywood Studios, the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser food is an exclusive experience for guests on the Halcyon. For those on a tight schedule, there are takeaway options for breakfast and lunch at the Sublight Lounge.
The Crown of Corellia Dining Room serves a special dinner on both nights. On day one, the bento style is inspired by Star Wars lore and is a lovely interplay of tastes. Children have a special Younglings’ Menu with fun food that promises to satiate even the pickiest taste buds.
Embark on “Taste Around the Galaxy” on your last night aboard, where an exotic menu inspired by planets of the galaxy leaves a lasting impression on the young and old diners.
The Atrium has a bar where you and your kids can snack on sweet and salty goodies like popcorn, goldfish, cookies, satsumas, and rice krispie treats. Fill your water bottles at the self-serving water station including ambient, chilled still, and chilled sparkling water.
The immersive angle is not forgotten even at mealtimes, and you will see characters appear to narrate a tale through the meal. On the first night, a dazzling performance by the galactic superstar Gaya serenades you as you savor your food.
And on the second, you will be drawn into a captivating tale with key points suddenly revealed. So plan your bathroom break, lest you miss out on the secrets of outer space. The staff aboard the Star Wars Star Cruiser are always helpful and willing to accommodate kids who are unsure about experimenting with new dishes.
After enjoying the delectable food at the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, you can quench your thirst with a variety of beverage options. At breakfast and lunch, you can choose from juice, coffee, tea, and a self-serve station for soda.
However, the real standout is the out-of-space speciality, the delicious blue milk from Bubo Wamba Family Farms, which is a must-try for any Star Wars fan. Additionally, white and chocolate milk are also available upon request for kids who prefer more earthly drinks.
During dinner, all drinks are served at the table. However, wine, beer, and cocktails are not included in the price, and must be purchased separately. The Sublight Lounge is an ideal spot for adults to enjoy specialty cocktails while the kids watch the games at the Holo-Sabacc table. Enjoy Sabacc just like Hans!
Capture The Memories On Galactic Starcruiser With Kids
Preserve your memories of the unforgettable voyage on the Galactic Starcruiser with your kids by taking some amazing photos to cherish forever. If you are looking for something more special, you can reserve the CSL Portrait Experience in advance.
During this 30-minute private photoshoot, you’ll get to capture some stunning portraits of your family in select locations around the ship using an Image Scanner.
But if you want to capture some candid moments, the Disney PhotoPass photographers are always around to snap your photos and even capture some magical moments that you might miss. Don’t miss the chance to capture every moment of your incredible journey in space with your loved ones.
Galactic Starcruiser With Kids: FAQ’s
Is Galactic Starcruiser all-inclusive?
Yes, the experience is all-inclusive except for add-on experiences (Droid Depot and Build your own lightsaber, cocktail making) and alcoholic beverages.
Is there alcohol on the Galactic Starcruiser?
Yes! Purchase alcoholic drinks from servers at the Atrium located in the Sublight Lounge, or during dinner.
How long can you stay at Galactic Starcruiser?
The experience lasts for two whole days and two nights. Guests leave after breakfast on the third day.
Is Galactic Starcruiser for adults?
The Galactic Starcruiser is designed to appeal to Star Wars fans of all ages, so both adults and children can indulge in the luxurious and immersive experience it offers. No matter your age, you’re sure to enjoy the extravagant adventure provided on this space vessel.
Can I go on the Starcruiser with a toddler?
Certainly, you can bring a toddler aboard the Starcruiser. Our 4 year old had an absolute blast on board with new friends and the robots, aka SK the droid!
Additionally, child dependent, it may be beneficial to wait until your child is able to read from the Datapad, which is a key component of the Starcruiser experience for those heavily wanting the most out of their voyage. However, we had one member who couldn’t read and didn’t have his own data pad, but he still enjoyed his trip and is now a big Star Wars fan! You know your own child best. They can also be part of the Loth Cat crew and engage in Porg detection etc and light saber training suitable for younger ones. Younger ones without a data pad can do the same activities as their parent.
Do they let you bring your toddler to the Sublight Lounge for a drink?
While the Sublight Lounge is primarily a location for all guests to enjoy a drink or two, you are certainly welcome to bring your toddler along with you. The lounge is a safe and welcoming environment, and you can easily monitor your child as they explore and interact with other children whose guardians are also enjoying the lounge’s amenities. Enjoy Sabacc and the vibe!
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