Disney has opened up the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to media previews and we were treated to a ton of new information. We learned about some of the new characters, food and the overall experience guests will have while on the ship.
One particular item to note is Disney’s continued claim that guest decisions will have a tangible effect on the ship’s story. Disney has stood by that guest decisions will distinctly change what happens next.
With between 100-500 passengers onboard, the immersion calls for contained chaos and a sense of community as individuals live out their own stories making decisions that impact the experience as a whole. “It is this giant living ecosystem,” Johnson says. Only you can choose your destiny.
“And so there’s no world in which one person will see everything that happens on the ship at any one time,” she adds. “They’ll all eventually converge, but I think it’s a very satisfying conclusion.”
“Your choices matter. Your choices change what comes next for your story,” adds Thacher.
To back up, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is not your average hotel. It’s more of a cruise mixed with a roleplaying experience that takes guests directly into a Star Wars story. Guests will be involved in different activities that range from wielding a lightsaber, running the ship’s bridge and interacting with characters.
Disney has said how guests interact with these characters, and whether they side with the Resistance of First Order, will have repercussions. It’s unclear at this time how that will specifically work across a two-day adventure with hundreds of other guests.
It’s worth noting that Disney has made similar statements about guest decisions in the past. Prior to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney said guest decisions and actions would change their experience inside the land. For example, they said if a guest smashed up the Millennium Falcon in Smugglers Run, they might be ridiculed in Oga’s Cantina. Or the First Order may question their allegiance.
Unfortunately, none of that is present in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guest decisions have zero impact on the experience. Whether that’s due to crowds or budget cuts, it’s a disappointment after Disney promoted the concept so heavily.
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser should be different in that it’s a more contained, premium experience. It should be easier to make a guest feel more impactful to the story when they’re one of a couple hundred rather than one of several thousand.
We’ll know more about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser when it first welcomes guests March 1, 2022.