The following contains SPOILERS for story events aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World
When Walt Disney World opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it promised a new land that would make guests feel like they were in their own war of stars adventure. Now, with the opening of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, that adventure is taken to an even more immersive level. This includes creating a deeper story for the events of one of Galaxy’s Edge attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
The first Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction is available to open war of stars fans a chance to live a dream Piloting the Millennium Falcon. Honestly, the story created to justify this experience could have been anything and fans would probably be okay with that. However, it turns out that the voyage’s story actually has a greater purpose for those enjoying an enjoyable cruise on the Halcyon.
What happens in Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run
When you enter the main screening room for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, you are introduced to a guy who is a fan of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run Star Wars: The Clone Wars will know well: a smuggler named Hondo Ohnaka. Hondo worked out a deal with Chewbacca to “borrow” the Millennium Falcon, but he needs people to pilot the ship, and that’s where the guests come in. They are essentially hired by Hondo as freelance pilots. Do this little job and Hondo will pay you some money.
The job is as simple as it is illegal. Take the Millennium Falcon from Batuu and fly to Corellia. Once there, steal some coaxium from the First Order by hijacking a train. Then bring the stolen fuel back to Batuu. Depending on how much Coaxium you get, Hondo will give you some credits, after of course subtracting some for any damage done to the Falcon.
Though the way the attraction’s events can play out varies, you’ll almost certainly make it back with some Coaxium. The ride ends here for most people, but not when you return to the Halcyon after your excursion.
What can happen on board the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
A lot can happen on board Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser. As part of your experience, you can do a variety of different things that can affect the path you take through the story. But one of those paths connects directly to the coaxium you helped Hondo steal.
The events aboard the Halcyon put the guests in the middle of a small battle between the First Order and the Resistance. At the beginning of the voyage, the First Order board the luxury cruise ship, believing that some on board may have sympathies for the Resistance. Stormtroopers and First Order officers decide to board just to make sure nothing happens that shouldn’t happen.
It turns out the First Order isn’t wrong, some of the Halcyon’s crew are collaborating with the resistance against the First Order. And if you make the right decisions, you may be called into the ship’s engine room by cruise director Lenka Mok.
Here, Lenka reveals to the guests that she used the Halcyon to run a supply chain (read: smuggling operation) for the Resistance. With the First Order aboard the ship, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that they’ll find out what’s going on. If they do, the first thing the First Order will do is shut down the engines to take over the ship. Therefore, the guests are gathered in the machine room.
Using special datatapes, guests fan out to different parts of the engine room and proceed via a variety of different puzzle-solving mechanisms to override the Halcyon’s engines. That means if the First Order tries to shut everything down, it won’t work. But the override has no access to the ship’s existing fuel supply. There is some good news, however, as Lenka has already made arrangements to retrieve some coaxium from the planet below.
So this appears to be the Coaxium you received or will receive when you visit Batuu as part of your Galactic Starcruiser experience. While I didn’t get the full Galactic Starcruiser experience on my last visit to Batuu, it was also explained that Halcyon guests will be able to get it via special MagicBands they will be wearing unique experiences in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Also, it’s possible that guests participating in the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction will know that the coaxium they steal is meant to help them.
You will then see the fruits of your labors come together during the grand finale of the Galactic Star Cruiser. The First Order and the Resistance clash and, as expected, the First Order attempts to take over the ship. Luckily, because of the work in the engine room, it doesn’t quite work out the way they imagined.
More connections between Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Galactic Starcruiser
This is almost certainly just one possibility out of several that will tie together the events of Galactic Starcruiser and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. There are several different paths guests can take as part of the story of this new themed experience, but you have to decide which path you want. You won’t be able to do everything. other guests might never enter the engine room. The room is actually locked behind a door that can only be opened by MagicBands who have been granted access.
I myself was only shown this one particular path, and surely other things could have happened. There were other elements of the show’s grand finale that didn’t make sense to me because I wasn’t privy to them, but clearly made more sense to others.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is without question a new level of themed entertainment this goes beyond what we think of as a theme park experience. It really makes you feel like you’re in one war of stars Adventure, and that extends to a theme parkland you may have experienced before, but takes on a whole new dimension when viewed through the lens of the Galactic Starcruiser.