Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is an incredible way to end your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s much more than just a fireworks show. There are projections on the Chinese Theater and the surrounding buildings, as well as lasers and fire effects. All of the Star Wars movies are included in the show, and the music by the legendary John Williams wraps it all together. I like to think of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular as Disney’s gift to Star Wars fans, even though you don’t have to love the saga to be in awe of it all. What could be sweeter than the nighttime extravaganza? How about some dessert before you watch?
On February 22 I was Disney’s invited guest to attend the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. Check in was held around 6:45, with the fireworks starting at 8:30. The dessert party takes place inside Launch Bay, near the Kylo Ren and Chewbacca meet and greets. There were plenty of tables set up, and each table had a number. The table number was given upon check in.
The dessert party features more than just desserts. I was honestly surprised by how much food was offered. There was one entire table that was filled with non-dessert items such as hummus, prosciutto, and flatbread. Next was a Death Star display that doubled as a cupcake holder. Then there were more desserts. All were bite sized, so sampling a little bit of this and a little bit of that was easy.
Towards the back of the dessert area there was a table with giant chocolate chip cookies and also Warm Bread Pudding. Another table even further in the back was probably the most popular. This is where the Freeze Fried Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle was being created. An extremely friendly Cast Member named Patricia would take a scoop of the chocolate hazelnut mixture and place it in the liquid solution. She would then stir for a moment, and scoop it out again, frozen! It was fun to watch, and the consistency was similar to slightly melted ice cream.
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Both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks were included. Part of the fun with this was the staging. Even the coffee and water areas had lighting effects. Some of the specialty drinks were Galactic Punch, Cosmic Citrus Twist, and Lightspeed Margarita.
A couple of Stormtroopers wandered throughout the area, “harassing” guests and looking for people sympathetic to the Resistance. Also, each table number had a time at the bottom. This was the time that the “Commander on the Bridge requests your presence”. If interested, at that time you could meet Kylo Ren in his area without a wait.
After the dessert party the group was led to a reserved viewing area. We were able to watch both Disney Movie Magic and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular from this area. There were Stormtroopers at the entrance, checking everyone’s “identification”. They were really making sure that everyone had the proper lanyards for the reserved area, but this was a fun way to do it.
One of the usual drawbacks to watching both Disney Movie Magic and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is that the viewing area along Hollywood Boulevard tends to get crowded. That’s why the reserved viewing area for the dessert party was nice. There was plenty of room, and we still had great views.
The cost of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is $79 per adult, and $45 for children ages three through nine. Those prices include tax. You can make your reservation online on the Walt Disney World website. Theme park admission is required, and is not included in the price. Each guest receives a gift, ours was a Darth Vader stein. I’m not sure if that’s always the gift.
I’d like to thank Walt Disney World for inviting me to attend the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. If you have a sweet tooth and want a great view of the nightly show, this could be exactly what you are looking for.