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Step Aboard the Halcyon Starcruiser for an Authentic New Star Wars Story in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Step Aboard the Halcyon Starcruiser for an Authentic New Star Wars Story in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Step Aboard the Halcyon Starcruiser for an Authentic New Star Wars Story in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

In part, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort is an immersive-theater experience playing out over the course of two nights. The setting for this first-of-its-kind immersive adventure is the Halcyon starcruiser, a vessel with a lengthy history in the Star Wars universe. Over the course of their stay, guests have a chance to explore this magnificent ship and discover some of its secrets as their personal stories unfold.

Built nearly three centuries ago on Corellia – in the same shipyards that produced the famed Millennium Falcon – the Halcyon starcruiser offers an expert crew with deep knowledge of the galaxy’s space routes. Its clean, elegant lines are reminiscent of Leia Organa’s personal ship, the Tantive IV, while evoking the glitz of high galactic society.

Over its lifetime, the ship changed hands many times and was used for various purposes, from covert diplomatic missions to Imperial engagements to Hutt-sponsored casino cruises and more. Tales from these different eras of the ship’s history are already being told in other Star Wars stories, including:

  • “Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy,” a five-issue comic book miniseries written by Ethan Sacks with art by Will Sliney, detailing the ship’s various incarnations through the centuries
  • “Star Wars: The High Republic: Mission to Disaster,” a novel by Justina Ireland where a Jedi Knight and her padawan find themselves aboard the ship as part of a journey to rescue a friend
  • “Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel,” a novel by Beth Revis debuting Aug. 16, 2022, telling the story of Han Solo and Leia Organa’s honeymoon trip on the starcruiser … which did not go exactly according to plan

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser narrative takes place between blockbuster films “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Guests discover what happens to Rey and Kylo Ren following the devastating battle of Crait in a storyline that interacts with and complements Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Passengers become part of the action when they step aboard the ship, which has been restored to its original glory by Chandrila Star Line to re-create its maiden voyage from the Core World of Chandrila to the far-flung Outer Rim destination of Batuu. The starcruiser is once again a gleaming example of the finest craftsmanship the galaxy has to offer – a place to relax, to explore … and to have an adventure.

Locations Aboard the Halcyon Starcruiser

  • Atrium – The ship’s central gathering space, where the captain greets all passengers at the beginning of a journey; a good place to meet friends both old and new
  • Bridge – The ship’s command center, home to shields, weapons and other systems
  • Brig – Holding area installed while the Empire controlled the ship
  • Cabins – Passengers’ rooms for the two-night voyage, featuring views out to space
  • Cargo Hold – Location for storage of goods and ship supplies, this secure area is normally off-limits
  • The Chandrila Collection – The place to purchase the finest apparel, accessories and other gifts from around the galaxy
  • Climate Simulator – An open-air onboard location that mimics outdoor conditions of the ship’s destination – which for this voyage means Batuu
  • Crown of Corellia Dining Room – The ship’s supper club, offering a menu of fine dining from across the galaxy and live entertainment from musical superstar Gaya
  • Engineering Room – Control center for the inner workings of the ship; normally off-limits to passengers
  • Launch Pod – The transport from the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World Resort to the Halcyon starcruiser and the Star Wars universe via a hyperspace jump
  • Lightsaber Training Pod – A specially equipped room dedicated to training passengers in the ancient art of wielding a lightsaber
  • Sublight Lounge – The perfect place for a nice drink, a game of sabacc … or possibly a clandestine meeting
  • Transport Shuttle – A local shuttle from Batuu providing convenient and comfortable conveyance for planetside excursions from the starcruiser to Docking Bay 3 in Black Spire Outpost.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – Key Terms & Phrases

  • Resistance – A small, secretive, private military force founded by Rebel Alliance hero Leia Organa to thwart the First Order
  • First Order – Remnants of the Galactic Empire rising again to rule through force and fear
  • Aurebesh – The written language of the Star Wars galaxy
  • Berths – In-room bunk beds
  • The Force – Mystical energy field generated by all life forms
  • Holo-columns – Floor-to-ceiling displays in the Atrium featuring holo-projection images
  • Hyperspace/Lightspeed – Starships equipped with a hyperdrive can travel faster than the speed of light by accessing an alternate dimension known as “hyperspace”
  • Jedi Order – A noble group of protectors unified by their ability to tap into the power of the Force
  • Lightsaber – The weapon of a Jedi; using the Force, a Jedi can predict and deflect incoming blaster bolts
  • Outer Rim – A remote, often lawless region of the galaxy on the edge of Wild Space, far from the more developed and populated Core Worlds
  • Pantoran – Humanoid species with blue skin and face adorned with yellow markings
  • Refresher – Restroom
  • Rodian – Reptilian humanoid species with antennae, green and scaled skin, large round pupil-less eyes, and snouts
  • Sabacc – One of the galaxy’s oldest and most popular card games
  • Holo-sabacc – Holographic version of the game offered in the Sublight Lounge
  • Star Wars: Datapad – The Star Wars equivalent of a smart device, accessible by guests via the Play Disney Parks mobile app
  • Togruta – Humanoid species notable for striped horn-like montrals, head tails and facial markings
  • Training Turret – Tool used in learning to wield a lightsaber
  • Turbolift – Elevator
  • Twi’lek – Humanoids with skin pigment that spans a rainbow of colors matching a pair of distinctive prehensile tentacles growing from the base of their skulls
  • Viewport – Window
  • Vidscreen – Monitor/television
  • “Ta’bu e tay” – Celebratory phrase meaning “Cherish the moment”
  • “Ba ma’ shay” – Goodbye phrase meaning “May you journey boldly”
  • “Good passage” – “Good morning/good day”
  • “Good journey” – “Hello/farewell/bon voyage”
  • “My honor” – “You’re welcome”
  • “Clear Skies” – A good luck blessing/“Goodbye”

Thank you to Disney for the press release and imagery.

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Dan Zehr is the Host and Brand Director of the Star Wars podcast Coffee With Kenobi and is the co-author of The Star Wars Book. He is a Feature Blog Contributor for StarWars.com, as well as a writer for IGN, and is a prominent influencer in Star Wars fandom. He is also a prolific high school educator, who teaches Literature and Composition, and has a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning. His work combining Star Wars and education garnered him a role in the Target Rogue One: A Star Wars Story commercial, as well as feature profiles in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois State University's Statewide Standard, and the Peoria Journal Star. He has also been interviewed in Good Morning, America, the HuffPost, Forbes, and Bloomberg. He resides in Illinois with his wife and three boys.

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