Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

As described on the official Disney World website…

The Dessert Party You’re Looking For!

Enjoy an out-of-this-world selection of desserts and specialty drinks—including alcoholic beverage options. Nibble on Darth Vader cupcakes, blast off from Star Wars Launch Bay to the best seat (false advertising??) in the universe for watching the enthralling Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show and—beginning October 1, 2017—Disney Movie Magic! To remember the very unique evening for a long time (in a galaxy not so far, far away), you’ll receive a souvenir Star Wars novelty.
The Force is strong with this one!

The price is $79.00 per adult (age 10 and over) and $45.00 for child (age 3 to 9); tax and gratuity are included.

Note: Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission is also required and is not included in the price of A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

Ok, so here is what this party looked like when my friends (Paula & Hunter) and I attended on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  We checked in early (at about 6:00 for the 6:30 party) at the podium set up for the party in front of Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the Animation Courtyard.  We were each given a lanyard to wear, which would identify us as party guests…

 

The back of the lanyard’s card had a map of the Launch Bay and a little information about the dessert party…

As we stood outside the main party area (inside the Launch Bay) waiting for them to open it to guests, I took a photo of the party tables (standing tables only, no chairs) which were set up outside the main area for guests.

The tables inside were the same, but they filled up quickly once guests were allowed in so I would imagine that the additional guests were then directed to these tables just outside the main area.

They let us in earlier than the scheduled party start time of 6:30 because by 6:22 we had claimed a table inside (leaving Hunter there to save it) and I was taking photos of the food at the buffet tables, starting at the one for non-desserts.

This table had Watermelon

 

Grape Sabers…

 

Yes, these were just green grape skewers (grapes on a stick) but were called “sabers” in keeping with the Star Wars theme of the party…

But grapes weren’t the only kind of sabers being served at the party.  There were also Provolone Cheese and Tomato Sabers…

And Cheddar Cheese and Green Olive Sabers…

 

Also on this table…

This area included Black Bean Dip with Sriracha Sauce

 

And Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Along with slices of Pita Bread

 

 

Then we will turn our attention to the Dessert Table, starting with these Darth Vader-shaped Sugar Cookies…

And the chocolate version…

 

Next Rice Crispy Bon Bons

I remembered the bon bons from the Osborne Lights Dessert Party I attended at Hollywood Studios in 2015.

Next up, Panna Cotta with Crispy Pearls

Then the Star Wars themed cupcakes, starting with these BB-8 Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting and topped with candy rocks…

 

Darth Vader Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

And R2-D2 Vanilla Cupcakes

 

 

I had seen photos of this cupcake in party reviews and noticed these were missing a very important part…

Photo Credit: wdwinfo.com

There was no R2-D2 topper on the R2-D2 cupcakes???  So maybe they ran out of them or forgot to put them on before serving the cupcakes to the guests?  I don’t know.  But whatever the reason, the cupcakes looked like just plain ‘ole shiny blue cupcakes without the R2-D2 toppers…

Besides the cookies and cupcakes, there was this tray of three different mini-desserts…

The first of these were Pistachio Morella Cherry Bites

Then Citrus Financiers

And Mini Chocolate Cakes

There were two other dessert stations, one where this was being served along with Hand-dipped Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I didn’t try this but I believe it was Warm Bread Pudding.

Then at the last dessert station they were serving Freeze-fried Nutella Truffles.  They took a scoop of Nutella mousse…

 

 

…and dipped it into a pot of liquid nitrogen. 

And within seconds I was handed this frozen chocolate nutella mousse dessert, which I topped with chocolate syrup (I think they also had raspberry syrup)…

This was really good.  One of my favorites of the foods I tried at the party.

But before I show you the other food I tried, let’s talk beverages.  Besides water and cans of soda, there were two themed non-alcoholic drinks available, Jettison Juice and Lunar Lemonade

For those looking for something with alcohol, there was a bar…

And here is a photo of the bar menu…

Besides the three pre-made cocktails, there were also two kinds of beer offered, Bud Light and Yuengling in cans…

Also three kinds of wine were being poured by the bartender, Hogue Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and Beringer White Zinfandel

Additionally the bartender was willing to spike your soda, lemonade or juice with one of the alcohols being used in their pre-made cocktails.  So if you wanted a shot of New Amsterdam Citron Vodka or Coruba Coconut Rum

Or Sauza Tequila

Or Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

…in your drink, then they could make it happen.  I chose a Captain & Coke!

I also was given a glass of the Galactic Punch upon entering the party (shown in the photo below)…

This was POG juice (passion-orange-guava) with mango syrup and two kinds of rum (coconut and spiced) added.  It was tasty!

Now for my food choices.  My first plate included watermelon, grapes, green olives, tomatoes and cheeses along with pita bread and hummus…

I liked everything on this plate.  I was very glad to have these non-dessert options available.

My second plate held my dessert choices, other than the frozen Nutella mousse…

The Darth Vader chocolate cookie was pretty flavorless.  It was a “one bite and done” kind of cookie/dessert.  The panna cotta, although blue in color, was very good.  It was my other favorite of the desserts.

That just leaves the Darth Vader cupcake.  While the cupcake was better than the cookie, it wasn’t anything special.

 

So that covers the party’s food and beverages.  Another item of interest regarding the party portion of this experience, is the surroundings.  Next to our table was this display with a replica of Rey’s outfit and her Speeder from the movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

Plus there was an appearance at the party by the Stormtroopers…

 

 

The party ended at about 7:30 and we were escorted by castmembers outside to the special roped off viewing area for party guests.  On the way out of the building we were each given this popcorn bucket souvenir…

It was given to us unassembled.  I put it together and took a photo before leaving it behind in my hotel room because it didn’t fit very well into my suitcase…plus it had a broken wing.

Now on to the shows, which we watched from the special viewing area located on the right side of this Hollywood Studios sign when facing the Chinese Theater…

Like at the party, again there were no seats unless you don’t mind sitting on the ground…which I don’t mind doing.  Also, the area wasn’t overly crowded, but I found that the view was not as good as what I had had during my two previous times seeing the Star Wars show.  However, those times I claimed my spot about an hour before the start of the show and remained sitting there the whole time to save it, as the large crowd built up around me.

Here is a photo of the area in front of the Theater to give you a better idea of where the reserved section for party guests lies…

Photo Credit: easywdw.com

NOTE: As you can see, the reserved viewing area is off to the left.  I preferred the view from a little more in the center of this area and just a tad bit closer.

Anyway, this was my first time seeing the Disney Movie Magic projection show, which started at about 7:45 and lasted about 10 minutes…

 

Then came the featured presentation…Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

 

 

And that just leaves my overall thoughts.  Because this was a new Disney World experience for me, I found it enjoyable and am glad that I gave it a try.  However, in my opinion (and that of my friends too) it’s not something which warrants repeating.  If they should upgrade the food that is served to include some hot appetizers without increasing the already high price, then I might reconsider.  But with the current offerings plus the “good, but not great” location of the viewing area for the show, I can not justify paying $79 for a repeat experience.

 

 

 

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