Destination D23: Josh D’Amaro Goes Through Lightsaber Training and More on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Josh D'Amaro, Chairperson of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, shows his lightsaber

This morning, during Destination D23, keynote speaker Josh D’Amaro, Chairperson of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, gave a special sneak peek of some of the things guests will be able to do on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

D’Amaro first took to the stage at the convention and showed everyone his “real” lightsaber. He then showed a video of a recent visit he made to Walt Disney World’s newest immersive resort.

Josh D'Amaro, Chairperson of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, on the bridge of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

He visited the bridge of the spaceship, where he set the controls for hyperspace, and even got to engage in the same lightsaber training guests will be able to enjoy.

Here is the video for you to watch:

Honestly, I’m hoping the actual guest experience will have better visuals, and that this is just a “taste of” experience. But I enjoyed getting an idea of the interactive elements guests can experience.


D’Amaro then talked about the new space diva that will be providing the nightly entertainment. Her name is Gaia, who looks to be a Twi’lek, and she will have a backstory about being on the run from someone. This will figure into an immersive mystery that guests can choose to solve.

We’ll learn more about her in the “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” special airing November 28 on ABC (I’ll have more info on that in a separate post). In the meantime, here is the image shown during the presentation:

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser - Gaia

D’Amaro also shared that while Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will open March 1, 2022, some of the first guests to enjoy the new resort will be Make-A-Wish children and their families.

I’ve heard the first few months of operation are nearly sold out, but I’m hoping I’ll eventually get to experience the resort myself. Are any of you booked already? What are you most looking forward to?


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