If you’ve been on the Disney side of the internet for the past few weeks, odds are you’ve seen a LOT about Disney World’s new Star Wars Hotel.
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a fully immersive two-night trip aboard the cruise ship-like Starcruiser, the Halcyon. Though you aren’t really soaring through space, the experience is designed to last the entire duration of your stay; that means a trip on Galactic Starcruiser could mean missing two park days. Can it possibly be worth it?
Well, the answer to this question is, of course, subjective. It depends on your travel party and your priorities — but we can at least make the decision a little bit easier for you.
Yes, If You’re Into It.
Missing two park days for Galactic Starcruiser certainly CAN be worth it. The experience is totally immersive and unlike any other; it’s a whole new level of theme and play. If you think you’d enjoy interacting with characters and getting fully immersed in a Star Wars story MORE than you’d enjoy a theme park day — then it’s worth it.
You also might consider it worth missing two park days if you’ve been to Disney World many times before. Sure, you know what it’s like to ride Pirates of the Caribbean or watch Festival of the Lion King, but you’ve never been on a space cruise and come face to face with the First Order.
The novelty of the experience on its own can make Galactic Starcruiser a better choice than two theme park days. And besides the immersion, you’ll see awesome shows, experience excellent service, and eat delicious food — all things that you might’ve done in the theme parks as well.
Something else to consider is that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser removes some of the worst parts of Disney World. It’s not hot, it’s not crowded, and it doesn’t require a lot of complicated planning to get your money’s worth. You just show up and experience the trip. If skipping the heat, crowds, and stress of two theme park days sounds good to you, it could also make the Starcruiser worth it.
And lastly, you do get a partial theme park day while you’re on the Starcruiser. Guests on Galactic Starcruiser get to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a “planetary excursion” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Shuttles run from about 9AM to 4PM.
Technically, you’re not limited to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge either. If you want to pop out to ride Toy Story Mania, you can! Still, seven hours is a little over half of a typical Hollywood Studios day, so you won’t get the full park experience either. It’s something to consider!
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No, There’s a Lot More to Do in the Parks.
But for some, Starcruiser just won’t be worth missing two theme park days. For one, if you don’t think you’ll get involved in the story, you might want to head to the theme parks. Without your participation, this experience might not be worth the cost — much less missing two theme park days.
If you don’t love Star Wars and want to experience more stories during your trip, head to the parks! Disney World theme parks let you experience SO many stories on a surface level, while Starcruiser really throws you headfirst into a Star Wars story.
Another reason Starcruiser might not be worth missing two park days is if you want to experience the rest of Disney World and this is your first trip. There’s a LOT to do in Disney World — more than you might expect — and losing two park days could mean you don’t get to do it all depending on the length of your trip.
Of course, you also need to think about your family when making the decision. If you’ve got two Star Wars-lovin’ kiddos, GREAT! But Galactic Starcruiser doesn’t have a lot geared towards little ones under seven years old. Your kids might have a lot more fun spending the day in Magic Kingdom than on a fake space cruise.
And finally, the elephant in the room…it could be a LOT cheaper to visit the theme parks for two days instead of going on Starcruiser. For a family of four, a two-night voyage on Galactic Starcruiser will run you around $6,000, four days in Disney World might cost a family of four around the same amount.
If your budget is making the decision, swinging for the theme park days and skipping the pricy Starcruiser experience might be the better option. If you need help deciding if a trip on Starcruiser is worth the money AT ALL, we got you covered right here.
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Once again, the “worth it” question is really up to you! Hopefully, breaking down the different aspects of whether or not Starcruiser could be worth missing two park days helps you to land on what’s right for YOUR family. As always, keep an eye on DFB for more helpful Disney World tips.
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Seems very expensive but from the blogs I have read, Disney has something here. The attention to detail is over the top in some areas, and who fully absent from others.
Princess J says
Our family of 4 took a ‘cruise’ in March of 2022 and it was $7136 , not $6000. The $6000 price is for the lowest season, which they told us would be the last couple weeks of August/first couple weeks of September. Was it worth it? We wish it hadn’t cost so much… but we’d go again if we could!! It was AWESOME!! Absolutely fantastic! The Starcruiser is beautiful! The cast members were FLAWLESS! The food was out of this world! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself 😂) One of my sons ate 3 filet mignons one night! We wore costumes that I made and we started playing the game as soon as we arrived at the parking lot of the Starcruiser. It was an absolutely amazing experience. And was it too expensive? Yes, of course it was! But some people stay at the Grand Floridian or Animal Kingdom Lodge and pay thousands per night. Which is something I wouldn’t do. So it’s all about choices. For our family, it was a choice we were happy we made! Bright Suns!
Princess J says
And just as I hit ‘submit’ my son sent me a text to say that the Starcruiser will make its final voyage this Fall. 😞 I’m sooooo happy that we went!