If you’ve ever had the chance to visit the youth clubs on the Disney Cruise Line ships then you’ve probably had a moment of jealousy over the awesome environments Disney has created for kids onboard. I never cruised until I was an adult and Disney Cruise Line wasn’t around for most of my childhood, so I definitely feel some bit of envy when I check out the clubs during open house hours.
I’ve had a chance to check out the clubs in all of the ships, but my favorite is the Oceaneer’s Club on the Disney Dream because it has the Millennium Falcon. No, it’s not a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon and it doesn’t even compare to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For an interactive area on a cruise ship, it is absolutely phenomenal. R2-D2 is even there!
The coolest part of this area is the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon that you can see immediately when you walk into the Oceaneer’s Club. If you time it right during the open house as soon as you get on the ship, you won’t have to push kids out of the way to get a chance to sit in the driver’s seat. Unfortunately, you can’t actually drive the Millennium Falcon, but it does have a fun visual element.
When you pull back the thrust on the Falcon, you’ll jump into lightspeed and find yourself in one of the scenes from Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. It’s definitely neat, but there’s one special scene thrown in randomly that most if not all of the kids playing in the club have never even experienced in person. I’m talking about the original Star Tours.
The entire ride video doesn’t actually play, but pretty much the entire last sequence starting with the point that your Starspeeder gets caught in a tractor beam through the Death Star trench run. The nostalgia and memories are strong and I’m sure I’m not the only adult who has walked in and experienced this scene and had a huge grin on their face.
Did you know that this was something you could see on the Disney Dream? Feel free to check out all of the youth clubs on your next Disney cruise during the open house hours. Open house hours are available on the first day of your cruise for a couple hours and then various mornings throughout your cruise.