You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to experience sitting in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. No, you simply have to board a different sort of ship: the Disney Dream. The Disney cruise ship recently spent three weeks in dry dock being enhanced, and returned to the water with Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and two additions the Disney’s Oceaneer Club: a Disney Infinity room and a Star Wars-themed area. The Star Wars: Millennium Falcon play area features a couple Dejarik, a.k.a. holochess, tables, a cockpit where you can view destinations from around the galaxy (they use footage from the Star Tours attraction at Disney theme parks), and an area with gaming stations. When kids are done piloting the best spaceship ever, they can cross the room to play Disney Infinity–they can even become characters in the game.
You’ll notice I mentioned kids. The Oceaneer Club is a kids-only area most of the time. Adults can visit during open house hours, which usually take place for a few hours each day of the cruise. You’ll have to check the daily newsletter, the Personal Navigator, for an up to date schedule. And it is worth finding out when you can pop in because the areas are themed to the max–especially the Millennium Falcon play area.
Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Designer Lead Danny Handke said, “The big challenge, of course, is designing a space for ages 3 to 12–that’s the broad age range we have. What we wanted to do is make it feel very authentic. It feels very authentic to Star Wars, and it functions like a kids’ space. What we have are three different rooms: We have the common room, which if you remember from Episode IV, that’s where Luke and Obi-Wan first train together. On the other side, we have our engine room, and you’ll see Chewbacca’s been doing a little work over there. You actually see his bowcaster and bandolier that he set down as he’s performing a little work. And there’s some interactive games in that area as well. Our big focal point, of course, is our cockpit. This interactive cockpit can take you to many different places in the galaxy including, Hoth, Tatooine, and Kashyyyk. And a very special Death Star run as well, which we’re very excited about. It’s from the original Star Tours back in 1987, and you can only see that here on this ship since it’s no longer in the parks.”
How deep do they go into the details? You might recognize this wall as the one in the background when Han and Leia shared their first kiss in The Empire Strikes Back. This is a perfect photo op location for adults.
While in the Millennium Falcon play area, kids can participate in the Padawan Mind Challenge, listen to a storyteller tell Tales from the Galaxy Far, Far Away, learn about different ships with Star Wars Galaxy Designers, or receiving Jedi training. Yes, I wish adults could participate too.
The Disney Infinity space may not have a cockpit, but the area has allure of its own. Walt Disney Creative Entertainment Show Director Tony Giordano said, “For the Disney Infinity space, what we did is we created this, kind of a blank slate mentality. You can use your imagination to create all sorts of different games and Toy Boxes. You can use your Oceaneer Bands to download special content, special Disney Cruise Line content. It’s a lot of great partnerships with Lucasfilm, Marvel, and also Disney Interactive to make that space a reality.” Giordano continued, “We also have an exclusive game called Disney Infinity Challenge. It’s where the kids get to become the characters. They stand in front of the screen and they can be one of five characters and play three different games and work as a team to get the highest score.”
Flip through the gallery below to see all our photos of the Millennium Falcon and Disney Infinity play areas. Take a good look at the Falcon’s cockpit and tell me if you can see the gold dice.
Editor’s note: Nerdist’s time aboard the Disney Dream was courtesy of Disney.
Images: Disney, Jenn Fujikawa, and Amy Ratcliffe