Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (Part 3)

Happy May the 4th! It’s really a nice coincidence that we experienced the Starcruiser just a few days before Star Wars Day. Here are Part 1 (setting, cast, and friends) and Part 2 (the megagame).

As I conclude this 3-part series, I’ll share a few random elements from the weekend. These posts just barely touch the surface of the experience, and I hope you someday have the chance to go on the Starcruiser.

I’ve talked about the depth of the immersion on the Starcruiser, and it extends to the food and drinks. All of the food is crafted as if it were from planets around the galaxy. Each dish is familiar-yet-otherworldly, and almost everything was delicious. My mouth is watering at the gumbo dish on this plate. I really liked that each dish was small, as we wanted to try everything without wasting food.

Breakfast and lunch were cafeteria style (with unlimited green milk), and dinner was served to us at the table by the amazing Emma. Every dish had a story, including the memorable blue shrimp cocktail. They offered a wide variety of vegetarian and pescatarian options.

There were tons of themed drinks, including mocktails, green milk, and blue milk. We tried everything the Starcruiser had to offer, and then we still had 9 more drinks to taste at Oga’s Cantina on Galaxy’s Edge. I actually think the Porg drink may be my favorite, and it’s available with or without alcohol. Plus, you get to keep the adorable mug!

The Starcruiser “lands” on Batuu for while on the second day, giving us the opportunity to explore Galaxy’s Edge in costume (which apparently isn’t typically allowed). We had lots of quests to pursue while we were there, some of them leading to the two rides, Smuggler’s Run and Rise of the Resistance. Both were fun, though Rise of the Resistance was the highlight for me.

Other than the aforementioned Oga’s Cantina, we also reserved slots at Savi’s Workshop to make lightsabers. You choose a kyber crystal color, a themed set of parts, options within the set, and decide where to put them on your lightsaber. The weight of the hilt is quite heavy. As you can tell, I took this process quite seriously. If possible, I’d recommend scheduling your Savi’s visit around 1:30 or 2:00 and then head back to the Starcruiser, as the carrying case is awkward and uncomfortable.

Overall, I’m blown away by how good the Starcruiser experience was. I’ve avoided plot spoilers so you can experience them yourself, but hopefully these posts have given you a rough idea of the level of immersion.

I have to say, in addition to being in awe of how fully I was transported to this Starcruiser world, it pulled at my heartstrings in unexpected ways. There’s a character who appeared on the Starcruiser who brought out the child in me–it was like meeting a real-life hero. The way Saja Kir talked about the Force made me want to believe and hope for something magical in the world. And the way the cast made everything so welcoming, accessible, and inclusive was truly inspiring–they made me want to include the guests around me and be of service to people in general.

If you’re curious to dive even deeper, I will have a long-form video on our YouTube channel about the experience in the near future. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you are someone–or you know someone–who was there with me from April 29-May 1, please share this with them so they can share their thoughts in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (Part 3)”

  1. Jamey – thanks for sharing these posts this week – it has definitely taken me back to my inner child growing up in the 70’s/80’s when I was fully immersed in the Star Wars world and dreaming of galaxies far far away. It has brought a smile to my face this week and I’m looking forward to seeing the video on Sunday.

    Thanks again

    Stuart

    Reply
    • My pleasure, Stuart. It was really special to have my inner child experience the Starcruiser, and I hope you have the opportunity someday too.

      Reply
  2. Jamey – Firstly, apologies for continuing to send you messages on this topic, but after watching your video this morning about your experiences on the Galactic Starcruiser, I felt I had to make one final comment.

    I thought it was great to see how emotional you became when discussing aspects of the weekend and the experiences you had on the Starcruiser. As I mentioned last week, your Posts really triggered some great memories for me growing up in the Star Wars world back in the 70’s/80’s – some of which I’d forgotten. And with some of the things that have been happening in the world over the last few years, it is so great to escape back into the world of Star Wars both physically (as you did) and through some great memories I have as a kid.

    Like the Star Wars world, I’ve found that tabletop games have over the last few years also provided me with this escapism, and have provided both myself and family with some fun times around the gaming table – both with your (Stonemaier) games and many others that I’ve discovered either through your channel or other YouTube channels in the gaming industry – I’m a bit addicted to gaming at the moment, to the point where my wife and kids have given up saying “Not another Board Game Dad” when I return from supposedly doing the food shopping.

    Thanks again, and keep sharing these thoughts/videos with your viewers, as you’d be surprised how they trigger memories/conversations with friends and family.

    Stuart

    Reply
    • Thank you, Stuart! I was surprised by the emotions brought forth by the Starcruiser–it was a powerful experience, one that I’m truly grateful for. I can relate to the escapism you mention, and I’m glad you’ve found it in the wonderful world of tabletop games.

      Reply
      • Jamey – I saw something online over the weekend that said Disney will be closing the Galactic Staircruiser in September – if this is true, then it’s great that you made the decision to do the trip recently, but sad that it will be closing. Maybe over time if there is a high demand for it to return, then perhaps it will, but I can imagine it would be financially difficult if the numbers of people currently going are too low to keeping it financially viable. At least you experienced it, and have your lightsaber and Sabac as momento’s

        Reply
        • Unfortunately I heard the same thing. Maybe they’ll try to find a model that works at some point in the future–perhaps just as a hotel, or as an experience for a few months each year instead of all year.

          Reply

Leave a Reply

Discover more from jameystegmaier.com

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading