10 Tips for the Galactic Starcruiser

10 Tips For Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser

You are considering a trip aboard Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser or maybe you already booked your trip. I have several tips to make your experience aboard the Halcyon even better. Also check out my list of most common asked questions about the Galactic Starcruiser.

1. Book During the Week to Save Money

Rates are cheaper on the weekdays compared to the weekends. You can save hundreds of dollars this way.

2. Don’t Sleep in Before Your Excursion to Batuu

You and your group might feel that you are having more fun on the ship, but there are a lot of missions you still need to complete on Batuu. I especially recommend getting to the park early if you want to make a droid or a lightsaber and do not have a reservation. My friends were able to get walk-up reservations because they were there right when they opened. Plus, you want time to eat, go to Oga’s Cantina, and ride Millennium Falcon and Rise of the Resistance.

10 Tips for the Galactic Starcruiser

3. Bring a Power Bank

Your entire adventure revolves around your datapad, aka your cell phone. Your itinerary, essential communications regarding your missions, and the ability to hack into areas are all on the data pad. Your battery will die quickly between that and all the photos you will take. There are plenty of charging points throughout the ship, but you want to avoid being tied to a plug when you get a transmission that Chewbacca needs help in the engine room immediately. The front desk has extra if you need one.

4. Dress Up

You paid for an immersive experience, so dress up. You can become a resistance member, a secret Sith, or a stormtrooper. Would you ever see a human wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt walking through Mos Eisley Cantina?

Plus, my favorite part was walking around Galaxy’s Edge in full costume. As Halcyon guests, we did not have to follow Disney’s strict costume rules. I dressed as a Twi-lek with a full headpiece and had so much fun interacting with other tourists.

5. Play Along

Along with dressing up, you need to play along. The experience is supposed to be immersive. Get a backstory. Who are you? What planet are you from? Why are you on the Halcyon? You are paying a lot for the experience of being inside your own Star Wars story. Embrace it.

6. Book a Private PhotoPass Session

This tip is questionable. When my group went on Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser, the Photo Pass session was only $99. Now the price has increased to $399. I find that to be a little ridiculous but I do think it is worth sharing.

You don’t want to spend all your time taking photos. Plus, I doubt other guests will appreciate taking time out of their experience to take photos for you. You can hire a professional photographer for a 30 minute session aboard the ship.

The photos came out awesome and were more creative than we would ever have taken on our own. I just don’t know if I would pay $399.

Tip: Book during the week when prices are lower.

7. Bring an Eye Mask

The coolest part of the guest rooms aboard the Galactic Starcruiser is the window looking out into space. Bright lights surround the window, and the only way to turn off the lights is to close the shades of the window. It would have been awesome to turn the lights off and look out into space while going to bed. If some of your party want to keep the window open, I recommend an eye mask.

Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

8. You Can’t Buy Star Wars Souvenirs

Disney does not want to ruin the illusion for guests on the Starcruiser and Galaxy’s Edge. Therefore you will not find any Disney Star Wars branded merchandise on the ship or Batuu. You can find merchandise advertising the Chandrilla Cruise line and rare kyber crystals at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, but nothing that says “Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser.

This is until you leave the ship on your last day. There will be a stand selling Galactic Starcruiser shirts, hoodies, and other Disney-branded souvenirs. 

9. Don’t Arrive Too Early on Day 1

We arrived at 1130 and were able to board around 1230. We were excited to get on and explore the ship. Although the lounge and restaurant were open, there wasn’t much else to do until later in the afternoon. So I recommend arriving a little later if it means a less stressful morning for your family.

Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

10. Take Part in All the Events

Sign up and go to as many events as you can.

You only have two days, and this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Go to Oga’s Cantina. Make a droid. Play Sabacc. Join the Fashion Show. Sample the fantastic cocktails and late-night food in the lounge. And most of all, have a blast.

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Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

I Went To Outer Space on Disney’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Ever since Disney announced the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, there have been questions regarding exactly what it is and if it is worth the crazy price tag. I recently went on the Galactic Starcruiser known as the Halycon and want to answer the most common questions.

The Bridge of the Halcyon

What is the Galactic Starcruiser?

Well… It is not a hotel. The Galactic Starcruiser opened in Walt Disney World last year. It is described as a “Star Wars-themed 2-night live-action/role-playing choose your own adventure experience aboard a simulated cruise in outer space within the Star Wars galaxy.” 

Imagine yourself inside your favorite Star Wars movie. You have been working hard on your home planet of Tatooine and need a vacation. You book a cruise through the outer rim on the Halcyon cruiseliner. Aboard the cruise, you meet travelers from all over the galaxy—a Twi’lek from Ryloth, a smuggler from Tatooine, and a Togruta working on his music career. You are playing Sabacc when the first order walks in and arrests a man suspected of being for the resistance. Your cruise ship docks at Batuu, where you spend the day exploring the markets of the Black Spire Output and seeing the infamous Millenium Falcon that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Then you return to Halcyon to help Chewbacca hide from Kylo Ren.

Seriously, that all happened to me. You spend two days in this fantasy world, never leaving the bubble. Along the way, you can help the first order, join the resistance, or go on a mission that has you enter a secret room on the ship. 

How much is the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?


This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your cruise to outer space includes parking, a one-day park ticket, food, a two-night stay aboard the Halcyon, meeting all your favorite Star Wars characters, dinner shows, and the chance to play your childhood fantasy. Alcohol, except for one drink in Batuu, is not included. 

Is there a way to make the Starcruiser more affordable? 

Go with friends.

It is a lot of money for one family to spend on a two-day trip, but I split the cost with four friends. The rooms are small, but we easily fit the four of us. There was a pulldown bed, bunk beds, and a queen bed.

With four friends, I only paid $1,772. Yes. You can pick your jaw off the floor again. Consider that a Disney World vacation at another deluxe resort can cost even more.

Tip: Book during the week when prices are lower.

I love Disney and Star Wars but want to avoid being stuck in space with screaming children for two days.

I agree. Most of the children on the Star Cruiser were past the crying, nap-needing phase.

Disney recommends that children be old enough to use a cell phone since all the missions, cruise activities, and private transmissions are on your data pad (aka your phone). 

Several events, such as lightsaber training, are only available to guests seven or over. 

Tip: They will provide phones if your children do not have their own, but they only have a limited number, so call ahead.

Playing Sabacc on Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Enjoying a game of Sabacc on the Halcyon

How immersive is this Star Wars experience?

100%. You are on a cruise in the outer rim and will meet people from all over the galaxy. The windows in your room look out into space. Everyone from your waiter to your room attendant is a part of the experience and will never break character. Our waiter told us about his wife and kids on his home planet and how he ended up working on the Halcyon.

What about your visit to Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge? Will it break the illusion? 

On the day of your “excursion,” you will board a transport vehicle and get transported down to the planet of Battu. When they open the door of the transport vehicle, you are already within the walls of Galaxy’s Edge. There is a separate entrance where you never see the outside world. 

Yes, there are tourists in Battu, but they were visiting just like us. We had pins that told cast members we were part of the Halcyon, so they played along.

Do I need to be a Star Wars fan?

There is nothing throughout the experience that you need to know about the Star Wars Franchise. Anyone can cruise through outer space and participate in missions. 

I was never a Star Wars geek, but I love movies that intertwine, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I loved the idea of being inside the Star Wars Universe, and I love dressing up in costumes. 

That being said, there is something about meeting Chewbacca, traveling on the ship where Han and Leya had their honeymoon, and talking to a Twi’lek about growing up on Ryloth that only a Star Wars fan can appreciate.

Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Hanging out with Chewbacca

Tip: Need a crash course into the Star Wars Galaxy. Check out this guide to locations and vocabulary referenced on the Starcruiser. 

Was it worth it? 


But only if you participate. Dress up. Have a backstory. Go on the missions. It is not a hotel. It’s an experience. It is only worth it if you can go in 100%. 

I began a crash course in Star Wars. I watched every movie, cartoon, and tv show before I went on the ship. I was going to be prepared for the amount of money I was paying.

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Romanian Roadtrip: Ukraine Border and the Merry Cemetary

Romanian Road Trip Map

Day 2: Sighisoara to Vișeu de Sus

For information on what to do in Sighisoara, check out Day 1.

Day 2 was a long day of driving but had beautiful countryside views. The plan was to get to Vișeu de Sus so we could take a ride through the Romanian forest on a steam engine train.

We stopped for lunch at a random gas station restaurant, found a royal family crypt, and discovered that bicycles are the primary mode of transportation in small villages.

Unique Stop: Teleki Castle and Family Crypt

Another Geocache find. We took a narrow dirt road up to a cemetery in search of the crypt of the Teleki Family. The Teleki family is an old Hungarian noble family dating to the Holy Roman Empire. The door to the crypt was open, and although the entrance was gated, you could see the remnants of tombstones of several of the family members. The crypt was vandalized, and the bodies were removed when the family fled during World War 2. Even if you aren’t into geocaching, take in the view from the top of the hill. Located in Sárpatak Glodeni, Romania.

Found a Geocache

Check out my complete list of unique places to visit in Romania.

Where to Eat: Stop at a random restaurant on the side of the road. Choose something that seems so local; it is out of your comfort zone. The camera function on Google Translate will help you read any menu. We stopped at a gas station restaurant and had a fantastic meal.

Where to stay: Casa Mocanitei (Strada Moldova 4, Vișeu de Sus 435700, Romania) – This hotel is right across the street from the Mocanita Train. The room was more of a mini-suite with a sitting area and bedroom and was very clean. There is a restaurant onsite that was perfect for a late dinner.

Day 3: Merry Cemetery and the Ukraine border

The best way to get to know someone is to wash their underwear. Before our road trip, Rahat and I both needed to do laundry. While he was working, I took one for the team and took our dirty clothes to a laundry mart I found online. I had planned to get some work done while I waited, but I ended up talking to the owner. We had so much in common; it was great to hear about Romanian from someone with my mindset. Before I left, she recommended the Mocănița Maramureș.

Unique Stop: Mocănița Maramureș

A narrow gauge steam engine train that takes you into the Romanian forest up the Carpathian Mountains. Although it was a local tourist attraction, we were the only English-speaking people, making it very authentic. The signs didn’t even have English translations, and the instructions given by the conductor were only in Romanian.

You can buy tickets online up to 48 hours prior. After that, it is possible to purchase tickets at the ticket counter but beware that the train leaves on the dot, so arrive early. The ride takes about 4.5 hours, including stops for breakfast and lunch. There is an option to include snacks and lunch in the ticket price, but you can also buy food el la carte. There is also entertainment and a hiking trail at the lunch stop.

The Ukraine Border

First, for anyone about to yell at me, consider I was as close to the current conflict as Massachusetts is to Ohio. There is no reason not to visit northern Romania. On that note, please do your research, as things can change anytime.
A small river separates the northern border between Ukraine and Romania. The main road we were on runs parallel to the river. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant on the Romanian side of the border crossing. It was a unique and weird feeling to be staring into Ukraine. A place that seems so far away when watching it on the news.
What was the border like? It is one of the furthest borders with Romania from the conflict, so I wonder how busy it got at the beginning of the war. There weren’t many cars going in either direction, and one box truck got turned away trying to enter Ukraine. A few people walked in both directions and appeared to be commuting for work or leisure. There were tents with supplies, but no one was utilizing them.

Unique Stop: The Merry Cemetary

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Romania, contains beautiful blue crosses depicting the life stories and final moments of the deceased in vibrant paintings and funny limericks. Compared to other cemeteries, the graves in Sapanta describe an accurate, if sometimes negative, portrayal of the person’s life. As the creator, Dumitru Pop, states, “There is no hiding in a small town.” 

One cross reads, “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother-in-law poor… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.” Another shows the deceased as the town drunk. 

There is a small donation to enter the cemetery, and it closes at sunset.

Where to Stay: La Conacul Vesel (775, Săpânța 437305, Romania, +40 740 523 043) – Situated across from the Merry Cemetery, this hotel is the perfect place to finish your road trip. I suggest calling to book through the hotel itself. We did and were given an enormous room with a wrap-around balcony looking over the cemetery. I can’t guarantee it was because we called the property directly instead of using a third-party site such as, but I feel that helped. They also serve an excellent breakfast for a small fee.

The next day we headed to Cluj, Romania, where we said goodbye. I left on a train to Hungary, and Rahat stayed to hang out with a Tinder girl.

We made it!