We were invited to experience an afternoon on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World on Thursday. The Halcyon will take its first official guests on March 1st, 2022 for the 2-night adventure. We were kept very busy (as guests will be for the 2 days), but my favorite aspect of our time aboard the Halcyon was the character performers and Cast Members – for example, Gaya was very entertaining both as she encountered guests in the atrium and as she performed in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. Here is a look at many of the characters you will encounter if aboard! The Cast and character performers would often ask names of guests and also would often remember those names (and would use them at a later time).
First, our video.
The photos are all mine, with character descriptions by Disney.
A talented Rodian musician, Ouannii provides accompaniment for Gaya’s performances in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. While she speaks Huttese (the same language of infamous gangster Jabba the Hutt), Ouannii’s charm and affable personality help make instant connections with guests as she explores the ship and makes new relationships in her off hours.
Singer, songwriter and all-around galactic superstar, Gaya is known for her powerful voice and distinctive music. The Twi’lek provides this voyage’s featured entertainment with an exclusive performance in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room … but may also have another reason for being onboard the starcruiser.
Captain Riyola Keevan
Charismatic, respected and trustworthy, Captain Keevan leads each voyage aboard the Halcyon starcruiser. The Pantoran is strong and decisive, and endears herself to both her crew and her passengers by being fair to all and cool under pressure – a skill she’s learned from her … “adventurous” history.
First Order Lieutenant Harman Croy
The ambitious and intimidating Lt. Croy has taken a special interest in the starcruiser, having noticed how Resistance activity springs up at each of the ship’s ports of call. He is on special assignment to root out and expose any Resistance fighters who are rumored to be onboard the ship … and to raise his own standing within the Order in the process
Cruise Director Lenka Mok (left)
There is much fun to be had aboard the starcruiser, and Lenka Mok is guests’ go-to crew member to discover it all. As the captain’s right hand, Mok is in charge of onboard entertainment – it’s her job to make sure each voyage is memorable.
In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the Empire destroys the Jedi temple on Jedha, which was under the protection of a group known as the Guardians of the Whills. Though their survivors were scattered throughout the galaxy, the Guardians remained dedicated to preserving knowledge of the Force. Descendants of this group, known as the Saja, have found safe haven aboard the starcruiser and use one of its training pods to teach the ancient art of the lightsaber. Though not Jedi themselves, the Saja can sense the Force in others and teach them how to find their own connection to this mystical power.
First Order Stormtroopers
The First Order’s infantry are instantly recognizable in their stark white armor. Under the command of Lt. Croy, they are onboard the starcruiser to investigate reports of Resistance operatives among the crew and passengers.
Sandro is an aspiring musician and songwriter who is onboard the starcruiser to catch a glimpse of his favorite superstar, Gaya. Guests may catch the Togruta playing his stringed instrument in the Atrium, and they can even join him in a song. While Sandro’s primary goal is to get Gaya’s attention, he may discover a new goal on this journey.
Sammie’s proficiency as the ship’s newly arrived mechanic is actually not his most endearing feature. His enthusiasm and good-natured personality quickly won over the starcruiser’s crew and makes him popular among guests who happen across his path. He’s clearly eager to prove himself on such a renowned vessel, and his tasks always seem to get done … somehow.
This astromech droid is Mok’s assistant cruise director, ensuring things run smoothly and on time. He keeps an eye on all the workings of the ship and is devoted to Mok and Captain Keevan. And while he loves to have fun with guests, he’s also good in a pinch if anything should go awry (one of his many hidden talents).
Kylo Ren and Rey are also part of the experience, as is Chewbacca.
Cast Members lined up as we left the Halcyon.
We were invited to experience the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser (with a 2 night stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs). We have a growing YouTube playlist from the 4 hours we were aboard and will talk about the experience on our next Mousesteps Weekly YouTube Show.