Disney College Program Participants To Open Galactic Starcruiser

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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is the hottest ticket at Walt Disney World Resort, and not just for Guests.

The eagerly-awaited Galactic Starcruiser hotel will take Guests on a (simulated) two-night voyage through a galaxy far, far away. While aboard the Galactic Starcruiser, Guests will be fully immersed in the Star Wars story, as each decision they make will shape the outcome of their journey.

And now, Disney has surprised some lucky College Program participants with the news they’ll be the crew for the maiden voyage of the Halcyon starcruiser.

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For Cast Members, joining the opening team of Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is not only an honor but often a dream come true.
Galactic Starcruiser Guests will experience a hotel stay that Walt Disney World Resort has never seen before. It is truly going to be an experience to remember for both Star Wars superfans and for Guests who haven’t even seen a Star Wars movie.
Characters like Chewbacca, Rey, and Kylo Ren will all be on board and Guests will take a port excursion to Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Galaxy’s Edge.
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Disney Programs released a heartwarming video showing College Program participants being surprised with their offer to work onboard the Halcyon when it launches on March 1, 2022:

These are the roles they’re looking for…! 💫 Last week, 58 Disney College Program participants were given the surprise of a lifetime when they were told they will be a part of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser opening team! Watch our video for the big reveal moment, and check out the blog at the link in our bio for more!

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You can watch the video on the official Disney Programs Blog here.

Disney Programs goes on to explain the application process for these participants, which led to the big surprise this week:

A few months ago, over one thousand Disney College Program participants attended information sessions about transferring roles and being a part of the opening team for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a revolutionary two-night, immersive experience for guests at Walt Disney World® Resort. Of those, hundreds applied and interviewed for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After careful consideration, 58 participants were selected to join the opening team.

Last week, all 58 were invited to a “networking event” at Flamingo Crossings Village with the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser leadership team. Unbeknownst to them, the event was a surprise announcement and celebration that everyone was accepted to join the team!

Upon arrival, participants received an envelope that they were instructed not to open. The event kicked off with introductory speeches from leadership and the Walt Disney World Ambassador team, and then, well, watch and see…!

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Each of the 58 participants was given an envelope containing the news that they would be part of the opening crew of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The big reveal came with cheers, tears, hugs, and even streamers around the room.

Carlos, one of the Disney College Program participants, said:

“We wanna make it. You know? We wanna make a difference. And opening that envelope solidified that, man, we made it. And that’s really special.”

Many others added that they got “misty” and “teary”, and immediately called their moms.

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Jerome Smith, the General Manager aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, was there to surprise the participants with the incredible news. He was recently shown in another video greeting existing Cast Members behind the scenes and giving them the much-anticipated news:

“Tonight was actually a speechless moment for me. To see our College Program being recognized, and the true joy that spilled out of their hearts from the emotions. I had to step away from all of the excitement to sit back in the corner and watch it from afar, so that I could really enjoy the moment, as well, because moments like this don’t come all the time.”

We can’t wait to hear more about these lucky crew members’ journey to opening the Starcruiser next March.

Have you booked a stay on the Halcyon for next year? Let us know!

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