On Saturday, February 3, 2018, I was part of a media event held on the Disney Fantasy. It was centered around Star Wars Day at Sea, which is being held on select seven day cruises through March. It will return again for the first three months of 2019. My adult daughter attended the event with me. Neither one of us had ever been on a Disney Cruise Line ship before, and we were not disappointed.
There was a bit of a mix up at check in, but in true Disney fashion several people worked together to get it fixed. We were then led into the terminal, where a couple of Stormtroopers and an Imperial Officer roamed through those gathered and “interrogated” a few. After a little wait, we were allowed on the ship.
At my first glance of the Disney Fantasy, I was in total awe. It is a beautiful combination of elegance and the Disney touch. We took a few pictures, and then there was a brief show featuring the Stormtroopers and the same Imperial officer, warning everyone that they would be on the lookout for rebel spies. Darth Vader also made an appearance. There were a couple of picture opportunities as well. My favorite was Han Solo in carbonite.
From there we moved to the Walt Disney Theatre. There we were treated to a presentation that explained Star Wars Day at Sea. That was followed by a film, and then we were treated to a version of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. The children seemed to have a great time learning about the Force and fighting either Darth Vader or Kylo Ren.
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Next our group was broken up into two factions. Our half headed to the character greetings, which included Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and C-3PO and R2-D2 together. There was someone on hand at each character stop to take the pictures, and the lines moved quickly. The characters all seemed to really get into their roles, especially Chewbacca. The poor Wookiee was extremely confused when there was an announcement over the loudspeaker.
After that our group headed to Disney’s Oceaneer Club. This is normally for kids ages three through 12, but our group was of course older than that. One big draw here is Star Wars: Command Post. Kids can feel like they’re piloting an X-wing or battling the First Order. We also got to meet BB-8.
Finally, we were served lunch. I’m vegetarian, my daughter is vegetarian with a dairy allergy, and the staff was more than accommodating. It’s a special menu for Star Wars Day at Sea. I had the Obi-Wan Shroom Steak, which was a large piece of breaded Portobello mushroom served on white rice with a curry sauce. I highly recommend it. Since that contained dairy they prepared a special off menu tofu dish for my daughter. We also had bread, salads, and dessert.
Here are a few things that we learned about Star Wars Day at Sea. Leading up to Star Wars Day at Sea the movies from the saga will be shown in the Buena Vista Theatre. The day of the event Stormtroopers will roam in the public areas, so don’t be surprised if you see them near the pool or in the corridors. There will be character encounters throughout the day. One fun activity is the Porg Scavenger Hunt, where guests will look for Porg nests. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will have special Star Wars themed transformations for both boys and girls. The day will literally end with a bang. Summon the Force will feature characters and end with an incredible fireworks display, featuring the music of the legendary John Williams.
Since the event centered around Star Wars Day at Sea, we weren’t allowed to wander. We only saw a small part of all the Disney Fantasy has to offer. Still, we were impressed with what we saw. I’d like to thank Disney Cruise Line for giving us the opportunity to be part of this exciting day.