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The Force Awakens Onboard the Disney Fantasy
Update: The next Star Wars Day at Sea dates have been announced! The Disney Fantasy will be taken over by the Force for 15 special sailings between January and April of 2018. Here's a look at what was in store for Star Wars Day at Sea in 2016.
The Force awakened aboard Disney’s inaugural Star Wars Day at Sea on January 13, when the Disney Fantasy hosted the first of eight themed sailings (through April 16). Timed to coincide with the release of the record-breaking new movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Western Caribbean cruise dedicates one sea day to all things Star Wars. Disney went above and beyond to recreate the galaxy onboard, with Darth Vader and Boba Fett roaming the ship, Gamorrean Guards surprising children, Sand People and Jawas on decks, intercom messages from imperial leaders (“Lord Vader has boarded the ship”) and – naturally – loads of irresistible souvenirs.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Guests Dress As Well As Official Disney Characters
At a costume contest in the ship’s main atrium, it was hard to tell the difference between the official Disney characters and guests who packed their finest (and most elaborate) costumes. Seeing that passion was hands-down the best part of the day for Dan Fields, the Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Entertainment. "That energy…that was my favorite part of it," he said. "The guests really got to own that day."Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Even Dessert Is From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Holographic menus with items like “Lord Vader’s Nerf Steak” (grilled marinated rib-eye with roasted fingerling potatoes” and “Yoda’s Paparadelle Pasta” (with Provencale sauce, sea scallops, and caramelized tomatoes) greeted dinner guests – including this adorable Princess Leia-themed apricot pudding. Figuring out a brand-new menu for the day was the easy part, said Disney Cruise Lines Hotel Director Lisa Pickett. “We’re very well practiced with new menus,” she said. “What was interesting was that this wasn’t just one movie the wait staff had to learn – it was a whole culture.”Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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The Crew Was Jedi Trained
“Many of our team members were not well versed or aware of Star Wars,” Picket said. “There was training to see who’s who.” What does training look like for a Star Wars day at Sea? Crew members watched all of the movies about 8 weeks out – beginning with the original trilogy. Guests can sign up for training, too: A "Star Wars 101" course introduces newbies to the universe's major themes and characters, while a shipboard version of Disney World and Disneyland's popular Jedi Training Academy lets little ones defeat the dark side.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The Ship Unveiled a Brand New Horn
Cover your ears for the loudest rendition of the “Imperial March” you’ve ever heard. The signature horn (exclusive for Star Wars Day) played three times, replacing the Fantasy’s usual Disney songs (“When You Wish Upon a Star,” “it’s a small world,” “Yo Ho a Pirate’s Life for Me”). Another intergalactic touch: Riffs on Star Wars’ iconic melodies quietly play in the background all day long, throughout the ship. You’ll hear the classic tunes, as well as a few upgrades. Think – “The Imperial March: Jazz Edition.”Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Plays in the Onboard Movie Theaters
In 3D, to boot! Fair warning: If you haven’t seen the movie yet, this is not the best time to watch it. Many fans in the theater are cheering on Rey and Finn for the third (or fourth, or fifth) times. Be prepared for some chatter.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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You Can Eat Popcorn From a Carbonite-Clad Han Solo
Buy it on the first day for $8.99, and popcorn refills throughout the cruise cost $3.50. Prefer your snacks from the Dark Side? Buy Darth Vader’s mask or a First Order Tie Fighter bucket. Warning: You will eat far more popcorn this way.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Or Drink Soda From a BB-8 Mug
Everyone’s new favorite Droid makes an appearance in mug form. He’s as perfectly scuffed up and adorable as the on-screen version. More of a Chewie fan? He’s available in flip-top mug form, too, as is Boba Fett.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The Millennium Falcon Might Fly By
Disney’s Magical Portholes in interior rooms typically show real-time video of the sea (so everyone gets an ocean view), plus a few surprise cartoon characters. On Star Wars Day, you’ll spy a Death Star – and perhaps a “Millennium Falcon” flyby.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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The Souvenirs Will Break Your Bank Account
Star Wars fanboys and girls, you’ve been warned. The souvenirs are irresistible. We're talking gold-embroidered ballet flats that look like C-3PO ($159, Irregular Choice); Storm Trooper cufflinks ($60); R2-D2 knit hats, with Mickey ears ($21.95); and a darling BB-8 cotton dress that you could (almost) wear in everyday life ($49.95).