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Modified Character Dining Doesn't Apply to Starcruiser
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Modified Character Dining Doesn’t Apply to Starcruiser. Can Hoop-Dee-Doo & Others Return?

Interestingly enough, Walt Disney World Resort’s newest Resort Hotel experience, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is offering a normal character dining experience similar to what we all used to know and love prior to the COVID-19 pandemic closures. So, does this mean Disney can drop the whole “modified character dining” experience and return to pre-COVID ways?

Gaya on the Starcruiser
Gaya on Disney’s Starcruiser (Credit: Disney)

When Walt Disney World Resort closed due to the pandemic, we had NO idea the massive impact the closure would make on entertainment, including character dining. When character dining started to return, Disney quickly noted the dining experience was now a “modified character dining” offering. No autographs, hugs, or high-fives, and characters remain at a safe distance from the Guests. Well, this precaution doesn’t apply to the new Starcruiser.

Remember how with Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, there was a portion of the evening where the performers would interact with Guests on the stage floor. The dinner show was one of two options on Disney property, including Spirit of Aloha at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Both dinner shows were interactive with Guests but have yet to return.

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
Credit: Disney Dining

Now, Halcyon Starcruiser has a special evening entertainment dining option with a singing superstar named Gaya. She and other characters walk through the dining tables to interact with Guests and put on an outstanding evening of entertainment such as shown in the video below:

We can’t help but wonder if modified character dining doesn’t apply to the Starcruiser, why is Disney waiting to return fan-favorites to the rest of its Resort property?

Could we soon sing along with Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue? Could Chef Mickey characters finally approach a child at Disney’s Contemporary Resort? And could Pooh, Tigger, and friends bounce their way around Magic Kingdom Park’s Crystal Palace?

Chef Mickey's
Credit: Disney

The current list of modified character dining experiences is lengthy and we’re thankful to at least have some dining options with characters while enjoying a Disney vacation. But we’re also extremely ready to see a return of that interaction much like what is currently happening onboard the Star Wars Hotel.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.