It’s official, folks. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World has officially launched! Having debuted on March 1, 2022, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a 2-night, immersive adventure that takes guests onboard the Halcyon for an experience that’s, well, out of this world. However, this immersive experience isn’t the only thing that’s “out of this world.” As of publication, the average Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser price for four adults in one standard room during March was $6,634.32.
Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the price of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and if it is, in fact, worth it on your next Walt Disney World vacation.
What Exactly is the Galactic Starcruiser?
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is an incredibly themed and super immersive luxury resort hotel. The resort is connected to Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so guests can walk out of their resort and straight into another highly themed and immersive land.
Once you “board” the Halcyon, your two-night adventure takes you to the planet of Batuu (aka Galaxy’s Edge). One of the benefits of this resort stay is that guests are guaranteed a ride on both Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. With standby lines usually being really long for these attractions, guaranteed placement may be a perk for some families.
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Disney Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Price
Rates for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser vary depending on the type of year your visit and the type of room you book. Early sailings in March and April cost more than $5,500 for two adults in a standard cabin. As it stands, Disney’s website will only give rates for a small window (currently for voyage dates between 8/20 and 9/17/22) and are priced as follows:
- 2 passengers per cabin: $4,800
- 3 passengers (2 adults and 1 child): $5,299
- 4 passengers (3 adults, 1 child): $5,999
As it stands, we’ve been able to confirm that the cost for most dates in May, June, and July will cost $5,231.12 for two passengers in a standard cabin.
This Galactic Starcruiser price will most likely increase during more popular times of the year to visit Disney World such as over the holiday season, during the summer, and on spring break. Unlike booking other Disney resorts and packages, Disney does not allow you to calculate a price online or view the full cost of your package. Instead, they only allow rates for certain periods (as shown above) and urge interested guests to call 407-939-1800 for more information.
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What Does a Galactic Starcruiser Stay Include?
The purchase of a stay on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser comes with the following amenities:
- Exclusive 2-night stay
- Valet parking
- Databand (aka an exclusive MagicBand)
- Food and beverage, excluding alcoholic beverages and specialty cocktails
- Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Quick service meal at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo at Galaxy’s Edge
- Two lightning lane tickets to the Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Immersive itinerary both onboard the Halcyon and when you disembark on the planet of Batuu
Is it Like a Regular Disney Hotel?
Yes and no. Unfortunately, the Galactic Starcruiser does not have a pool, so if you were looking forward to a swim, you’re out of luck. Nor does it offer room service. This isn’t too alarming since all Disney resorts have temporarily halted food delivery services due to COVID-19. However, you can still get up and grab food whenever you want either from the bar or their grab-and-go section in the main lobby.
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser does offer housekeeping services, though, by request, as well as to-go cups you can bring back to your room. Unlike other Disney resorts, you will not be able to purchase or use refillable mugs.
Can You Resort Hop to Galactic Starcruiser?
Unfortunately, no. While it is considered a luxury resort on Disney property, guests without reservations will not be able to visit or dine on the Galactic Starcruiser.
What to Expect onboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
The hotel is located directly behind Hollywood Studios, so to get to it, you’ll actually be driving partially backstage to the park, which is pretty neat. The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has 100 rooms and suites. What’s cool about these rooms is that each one offers a different view of space. So what you see will be completely different from what your neighbor across the hall sees. It’s completely indoors and you won’t be able to open a window once inside your cabin. Remember, once you’re on board, you’re technically in space so opening the windows would be considered rather dangerous.
If this makes you feel a little claustrophobic or uneasy, you can head down to the Climate Simulator Room, which allows you to see the sky and get some fresh air if and when you need it.
Since this is an immersive experience, all the Cast Members onboard are fully integrated into their character. This means that if you ask them about Hollywood Studios or anything else Disney-related, they will be unfamiliar with what you’re talking about and not be able to answer. Of course, if you have an emergency, going to a Cast Member for help is appropriate.
But, the Cast Members do really try to stay in their character as much as possible. Just like how the Disney Princesses don’t acknowledge the outside world, you should expect the same kind of experience onboard the Halcyon.
Once onboard, guests are expected to play along and get involved in the story, as well as the different games and missions. Of course, you have the option not to, but immersing yourself really does add to the experience overall.
What to Expect During Your Stay
Think of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser as a cruise ship. Guests have to check-in anywhere between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on the first day of their stay. Once you arrive, you’ll receive a ship orientation and learn how to play different games such as sabacc – a card game famously played by Han Solo in the film of the same name. Evening entertainment includes a luxurious dinner and live music.
After dinner, the real “test” begins, and guests will be expected to either hide a stowaway to assist the Resistance, join a smuggling ring, assist the First Order, or follow the Force. Next, guests will be able to take bridge training and enjoy other types of entertainment until approximately 8:45-9:00 pm at night before being given carte blanche to explore the ship as they please.
The next day, you’ll arrive at Batuu. Breakfast is served at 7:00 am, followed by more missions reflective of your choice to help the Resistance or First Order. Once your day at Galaxy’s Edge/Hollywood Studios ends, guests have their choice of participating in model ship building, a game of sabacc, lightsaber training, or droid racing before dinner.
Breakfast starts at 8:30 am on the final day, before check out at 10:30 am.
Am I Allowed to Leave Galaxy’s Edge?
Yes. So if you want to ride Tower of Terror or Slinky Dog Dash, you’re free to do so. Keep in mind, though, that guests are encouraged to spend as much time in Galaxy’s Edge as necessary to complete various missions on their Databand. The adventures guests encounter in Batuu will play a role in the rest of your journey aboard the Galactic Starcruiser. Because of the price tag, some guests may prefer to spend all their time onboard the Halcyon to get their money’s worth. Just know that if you choose to stay behind, you’ll be missing out on guaranteed attractions and additional missions once back on board.
That being said, you can spend your day at Hollywood Studios however you’d like, but you will have to be back for transport no later than 3:30 pm. The final shuttle back to the Halcyon ends at 4:00 pm, so you won’t want to miss it.
Galactic Starcruiser Room Overview
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser comes with three different room tiers, all of which we break down below:
Each standard cabin comfortably sleeps up to five passengers and comes equipped with one queen bed, two bunk beds that can each fit one adult, and a pull-down bed. In-room amenities include:
- In-cabin safe
- Shower products
- Mini fridge
- Interactive TV
- Phone with voicemail messaging
Unfortunately, the rooms don’t have a coffee pot, so just like at a value resort, you’d have to visit the main area to grab some.
The Galaxy Class Suites
These suites can fit four adults instead of five. They come with an enjoyable living space, double vanity bathroom, bar, and two windows to look out into space with.
The Grand Captain Suites
The Grand Captain Suites has a full seating area, bar, second bathroom with a single vanity, and three windows to look out of. It can comfortably fit up to 8 passengers and comes with two queen beds, two bunk beds, and two pull-down beds.
Both the Grand Captain and Galaxy Class Suites come with a variety of “Star Wars surprises,” but we won’t spoil them for you.
Can I Leave the Starcruiser Once I’m On It?
Yes. If you want to leave to grab food elsewhere or do something else, you can easily order a Lyft or Uber to take you there. Minnie Vans, Disney’s rideshare services provided by Lyft, are returning to the parks this summer, so you can take advantage of their services, as well.
You will not be able to self-park upon arrival at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Valet parking is the only option.
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Will I Be Able to See and Interact With Star Wars Characters?
See them? Yes. Interact with them…sort of. Once you board, you’ll encounter a few Star Wars characters including Rey, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca. Unfortunately, other popular characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Darth Vader (to name a few) are not a part of this immersive experience, much to the chagrin and disappointment of many die-hard Star Wars fans.
While you’ll be able to see Rey and Kylo Ren, interaction with them is limited. Keep in mind, this is an immersive experience, so Kylo Ren, as the “bad guy” isn’t going to stop for meet-and-greets or take photos. As such, interactions with him are not available. You may be able to snag a photo with Rey, but it’s extremely rare. Chewbacca is the only one you can easily snag a photo with (at least in terms of the main stars of the Star Wars franchise).
You will, however, be able to see and interact with walkaround characters such as the Halcyon’s captain, director, mechanic, guitarist, singer (Gaya), First Order Officers, and lightsaber trainers. With the recent news that character meet-and-greets are now allowing up-close interaction like before, it is a possibility Disney will allow personal interactions with Rey and Kylo Ren, but because of the storytelling, I doubt this will be the case.
Is it for Kids?
Yes, but children aged 7 and up will get the most from the experience. This is because guests must be at least 7 years old to participate in the lightsaber training activity on board. Of course, you’re more than welcome to bring children who are younger than this. Each member of the family can customize their own itinerary. Your choices affect what happens during your voyage, so your experience can be tailored to everyone’s individual age group.
Do They Sell Exclusive Souvenirs?
If you’re paying a few thousand dollars for an exclusive experience, you should be able to get some exclusive merchandise, right? Fortunately, you’re in luck. The gift shop onboard sells a variety of exclusive merchandise, including an exclusive lightsaber only available to guests of the Halcyon.
Personally, I think this will change over the course of the next year. When Galaxy’s Edge first debuted, one of the unique features was that all of the merchandise sold there would only be available in that specific location. However, since its debut, merchandise, including Legacy Lightsabers have been spotted and sold at other Hollywood Studios locations, at Disney Springs, on ShopDisney, and eventually Disney’s Character Warehouse at the Orlando Premium Outlets. I could be wrong, but Disney definitely has a pattern with stuff like this.
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What to Expect With the Food
On Night 1 of your adventure, you’ll have dinner at the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, which gets transformed into a super swanky club pioneered by its singer Gaya. Expect a normal menu consisting of meat-filled dumplings, salad, and your choice of beef, shrimp, or chicken as your main course. As mentioned above, the food is included in your ticket, however, you will have to pay extra for specialty cocktails and other spirits.
Wine selections cost anywhere from $11-$30, beer costs $13.50, and specialty cocktails and other alcoholic beverages range anywhere from $15-$23. Non-alcoholic drinks cost between $7-$8.
While the food isn’t out of this world, its presentation surely will be. Expect an exotic presentation full of weird, unusual colors and for the meat to be cut weird. Like Space 220 over at Epcot, all the food here is “space-themed.” In most cases, your party will be sitting with another family in an effort to fill all available space. Just like a Disney Cruise, you can choose your preferred dining time when you book your reservation. During dinner, guests are expected to dress appropriately, the same way they would if they were dining at a fancier restaurant such as California Grill. Basically, you can’t show up wearing shorts and flip-flops.
On Day 2, guests will be served breakfast and lunch before heading over to Batuu for the day. This includes an array of small breakfast bites, juices, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Are Tips Included?
For food, yes. For valet service and room attendants, no.
Can I Wear a Star Wars Costume?
Yes, and it’s absolutely encouraged to do so! While adults are unable to wear costumes to the parks (aside from select Halloween-themed nights), the same can’t be said for anyone on board the Halcyon. You will have to remove your costume before visiting Batuu (aka Galaxy’s Edge), but feel free to wear as many costumes as you’d like while on board. Just be sure that your costume fits the parameters as outlined by Disney, so do not incorporate sharp objects or full-face masks in your cosplay.
Can I Extend My Stay?
The storyline is only good for two days, so you wouldn’t be able to book additional days. If you did, you’d just be watching and engaging in the exact same storyline.
Of course, you can always re-book for a stay at a later time if you wanted to experience it all over again, but don’t expect the storyline or missions to be different unless you choose a different selection than you did originally.
Can I Use My DVC Points to Book the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser?
Yes. If you’re a member of the Disney Vacation Club, you can pull your points to stay on the Galactic Starcruiser. Points currently start at 295 per adult and 269 per one child.
Are Bookings for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Still Available?
As of publication, bookings are available up through December 2022. May only has a few dates left, whereas June is completely sold out due to the start of the summer season. Most dates in July, August, September, October, November, and December are still available. However, keep in mind that availability is always subject to change.
Do I Need to Make a Park Reservation if I’m Staying on the Galactic Starcruiser?
No, you will not have to make an additional park reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios if you are staying at the Galactic Starcruiser. You will, however, need to purchase tickets and make a park reservation for any additional park you choose to visit during your Walt Disney World stay.
It’s Received Mixed Reviews From Guests
Since opening, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has received mixed reviews from guests. On the one hand, many people applaud its impressive theming. However, many guests are outraged over the price tag, especially considering the limited amenities and activities it comes with.
Before its official opening, many prominent Disney influencers were granted early access to the resort, with many singing its praises. However, fans not in attendance were quick to point out that simple activities such as dancing and card games were not something to be praised for and were upset that they weren’t getting a completely “unbiased” review of the expensive experience. Now that it’s been open for a month, the negative press has since died down, but the mixed reviews still exist. If the experience was longer, then the price tag probably wouldn’t cost as much sticker shock. Or, alternatively, if it was cheaper, then the two-night stay probably wouldn’t be as much of a sticking point as it is.
Is Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Worth It?
It’s a popular question being asked among many, but the answer is that it really depends on the person. Because of how different it is from other resorts on Disney property, it’s a unique experience to check off your Disney bucket list. And, since the story repeats itself, there’d really be no need to visit again in the future unless you really, really wanted to.
That being said, the price tag is extremely high and honestly just really out of reach for the average family. A Disney World vacation is getting pricer and pricer, and Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is just the cherry on top of the expensive, gold-plated sundae. Is it worth it to die-hard Disney and Star Wars fans? Maybe. Is it worth it as an add-on to your existing Disney World vacation? In my opinion, probably not.
Personally, I think you could capture the same immersive experience by visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and making a reservation for Space220 at Epcot. While not a complete immersion in the Star Wars story, this is a better, more cost-effective alternative to get at least a similar experience.
Now, with all that out of the way, will I make a reservation for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser? Probably, just so I can say that I’ve done it and experienced it for myself. Will I think it’s worth the money once our journey into space is over? It’s too early to tell.
As a self-proclaimed Mouseketeer, Courtney Dercqu is a fan of all things Disney. Between decorating her desk with souvenirs from the park, to making unique mouse ears and having a dedicated Disney Instagram, Courtney is a true believer in the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation. Having had more than 200 articles published on various content, Courtney’s excited to share her knowledge and experience with everyone! Be sure to follow her on Instagram for all the Disney magic.
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