In the halls of Halcyon starcruiser, Padmé Amidala’s travel cape is a popular fashion statement, slipping as passengers enjoy the amenities of a Toniray, the teal-colored libation that hails from Leia Organa’s home planet of Alderaan en route to the Crown of Corellia dining room where a Taste Around the Galaxy multi-course meal awaits.
For the creative minds behind star wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the new two-night immersive experience now open at Walt Disney World Resort, no detail was too small in the planning stages for an innovative new way to enter the star wars galaxy in every way – and with all your senses engaged.
“We really started this whole project with a clean slate,” says Brian Piasecki, Culinary Director of Experience Concept Development. World-class chefs have crafted fresh recipes and reinvented recognizable ingredients and menu staples. But first, Piasecki and his team laid out some rules and guidelines to help craft the menu.
For starters, any sandwich you could eat on the ship had to look “unique star wars,” he says. “We’re not going to make a sandwich that looks like a normal sandwich. So when you see something like the grilled cheese waffle with the red dipper, it’s basically a cheese sandwich. grilled and a tomato soup. But when the creative juices start flowing, that’s what happened. Within the first month of travels, the dish has already become a fan favorite. Another staple of the childhood, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, is available at the lunch buffet but takes the form of a cream puff shell filled with sunflower butter and jelly from a piping bag.
For the more sophisticated sit-down dinner on the second night of the trip, the chefs created a Taste Around the Galaxy, a multi-course meal that combines innovative culinary creations with the worlds of star wars, like Felucia’s blue prawns and a Mustafarian bread service. “Food is an important part of a cruise experience,” says Piasecki. “And because it’s a premium cruise line, we wanted that food to be at that high level as well playing in the star wars story. We were able to continue to be creative, connect with these planets and really help tell the story with the food. This also extends to dinner on the first night, with a trio of colorful spiral dumplings served during Gaya’s concert. “They match Gaya and her outfit,” Piasecki says. “We hope the guests will understand these little things.” For the final dinner, the dessert class even includes an olfactory experience. “It’s very, very immersive and it touches all the senses.”
A toast with Toniray
Galaxy exploration extends to the drinks menu in the Sublight Lounge, where several drinks are either named for worlds we’ve only visited on film, or nods to book creations and of comics.
“The beverages really give you that sense of place,” says Evan Rosenthal, beverage manager for concept development. “For example, when you think of Hoth, it’s very freezing and cold. How do you represent that in a glass? The answer: the icebreaker Hoth. “You get those lemony notes and there’s vanilla and sweet moss with an icy burst. And that really brings you to what Hoth should feel and taste like.
The Toniray Chardonnay Blue was first crafted for books exploring Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan with a classic flavor that gets a whole new look. And the Fiery Mustafarian, which comes in a special keepsake glass, gives you the ability to control the aroma. “You get this smoky drink reminiscent of Mustafar and you can pour in the lava extract to really choose your own heat adventure.”
Blue and green milk are available in the dining room, but the Sublight Lounge also includes non-alcoholic specialties like the Blue Milk Citrus Fizz. “We take blue milk, then you mix it with lychee flavors and the very popular blue milk sorbet,” says Rosenthal. “You can experience different tastes throughout your journey.”
dress up the galaxy
Of course, for many passengers entering the star wars galaxy is also calling for a costume change from their everyday attire. Fans are invited to create their own star wars-inspired linked, a more subtle nod to the characters and themes of the saga reflected in the color scheme and other accessories. But you can also arrive fully dressed in a screen-accurate Rey costume, full face paint and lekku of a Twi’lek, or choose to shop globally at The Chandrila Collection, the Halcyon the starcruiser store.
The boutique offers an array of exclusive items, from jewelry, pins and backpacks emblazoned with the Chandrila Star Line logo, to Montreals Togruta and Twi’lek lekku, as well as clothing that looks at home on the ship – a pint the captain’s jacket for kids and a blue jumpsuit are designed after Captain Keevan and Sammie the mechanic – and about the movie. Merchandise creators worked closely with Lucasfilm and Skywalker Ranch archivists to create the prequel-era Padmé Amidala travel cape – “It’s phenomenal,” says Tracie Alt, senior brand merchandising manager – and a green ensemble that closely matches the costume of one of Bail Organa’s assistants. Alt notes that while the two pieces based on movie costumes repeat the patterns and key elements of the pieces, they weren’t made with the same materials. In reality, Amidala’s cape has a stiff wax-like detail to form the design, which would be uncomfortably heavy for some guests to wear. Instead, the team recreated the look of the fabric with burnt velvet, ensuring it still drapes the same way as the on-screen prop.
Some items were inspired by the movies but gave it a unique twist. “We looked at footage of Canto Bight and Dryden Vos’ yacht,” Alt says. “What were the shapes? What were the fabrics? What were the colors? And we really breathe a lot of that into these designs. the Solo: A Star Wars Story the villain also inspired the look of the wine glasses that can be purchased on board.
Other pieces are meant to be taken home and displayed as souvenirs of the experience, such as a variety of Halcyon Starcruiser models and miniatures and a customizable Legacy lightsaber inspired by the lightsaber training drill and a kid’s version that both include Aurebesh letters to add to the hilt. There’s also a shield made to look like the shields from the training activity and various action figures and interactive versions of the astromech droid SK-62O.
In each case, the creators of the consumer product offerings had one goal in mind: to ensure that passengers on board the Halcyon starcruiser really felt like it belonged to the stars.
Find out more about the food, drink and merchandise available at star wars: Galactic Starcruiser in the latest installment of Halcyon Dispatches.
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