Star Wars At Sea – Adult Galactic Transformation: Yay Or Nay?

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The red should give you some indication of how this review is going to go. \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
The red should give you some indication of how this review is going to go. \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

Disney Cruise Line has a new addition to their Star Wars at Sea offerings this year with the Galactic Transformation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

The transformations are available on the same day as the main Star Wars at Sea day and are supposed to add a bit more magic to the guests day for those that didn’t bring their own costume. No matter your age you can book an appointment to become one of four Star Wars characters: Rey, Leia, Poe, or Kylo Ren.

Bippity Boppity Boutique Star Wars Transformation \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
Bippity Boppity Boutique Star Wars Transformation \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

Disney has been very open about what the kid’s package includes complete with pictures of each transformation but they haven’t been clear about the adult offerings. Still, I had my hopes up that it would be awesome because the kids looked great.

Despite the lack of information, on my recent Star Wars at Sea vacation I signed up for the Galactic Transformation just for giggles to see what it was all about. For $54.95 I figured I would at least walk out with some swag.

What do you get?

Adult Galactic Transformation Options \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
Adult Galactic Transformation Options \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

There’s very little information on Disney’s website in regards to what the adults get, so here is what I received at my transformation.

The Adult Galactic Transformation includes:

  • Choice of Rey, Poe (rebel pilot), Leia, or Kylo Ren costume shirt (Kylo has a cape), OR you can upgrade to the Her Universe Rey dress for $89.95
  • Hair/makeup by one of the boutique stylists
  • Name tag with your name in Aurebesh and a choice of Star Wars titles or planets to be from
  • Exclusive door magnet set (on the Disney Cruise it’s common for people to decorate their stateroom doors with magnets, more on that in another post)
  • Star Wars Day at Sea exclusive lanyard with medallion (reminds me of something you’d get after running a 5k)
Galactic Transformation Lanyard and Name Tag. Bonus points if you translate the name. \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
Galactic Transformation Lanyard and Name Tag. Bonus points if you translate the name. \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

My experience

None of them interested me (for religious reasons I couldn’t do Rey’s shirt and the dress was a maybe). If I had known my options prior to booking, I would have canceled from the start. Since I was already there, I went through with the rest of the transformation and upgraded to the Rey dress figuring if nothing else I could buy some leggings and a short sleeve shirt to make it more presentable for my style.

My stylist tried to put a Rey bun in my hair but seeing as my hair is super short it looked more like something you’d do to torture your sisters Barbie than to an actual person so it was quickly removed. Makeup was also kind of a joke with just some powder blush, powder liner, lip liner, and blush applied. It wore off before I was back to my room.

The entire process was less than exciting (and that’s being nice) and took a total of 15-minutes, including my “costume” change.

Issues

Limited options – For the price, I expected something a bit cooler than the options available and the Her Universe Dress was overpriced. It would have been nice to have a regular Star Wars exclusive shirt available on top of the other choices.

Hair/makeup – If you have long hair, the Rey or Leia hairstyles will work. If you have short hair though, like me, it’s a step they can just skip over. The makeup didn’t make me feel different or even look different.

There’s just nothing special about it. – You’re paying Disney $54.95 (or in my case $84.95 since I did the dress) for stuff you could easily get on your own in the gift shop, with the exception of the magnets. And in the gift shop, you have a wider variety.

Final Judgment

Looking at the kids in the boutique, I’d say it’s worth it for them. I didn’t see a child in there that didn’t look they were having fun. The kid’s package is $99.95 and gets them everything the adult package does plus a costume (Leia, pilot, Kylo, or Rey) and a bag to keep the costume accessories in.

Excuse me. Does this come in adult sizes? \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
Excuse me. Does this come in adult sizes? \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

If you are heading out on the Star Wars at Sea sailings, sign up the kids but treat yourself to a few Rainforest passes instead. Or better yet, put the money towards one of the rebel jackets or metal artwork pieces in the gift shop. My husband was drooling over those all week.

Stay tuned for my complete coverage of what to expect on the Star Wars at Sea sailings. Despite being disappointed in the Galactic Transformation we still had a blast and can’t wait to do it again.

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