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Do you have a Star Wars lover in your family? Are you heading to Disney World soon? Then you do not want to miss the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This party is a premium event, and it is a little on the pricey side. But we felt the benefits of a great experience to see Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, the fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, were completely worth it. Here are the reasons that we loved this dessert party.
1. Your fireworks viewing area is reserved.
No need to wait for a couple of hours outside waiting for the show to start. Your viewing area will be one one the best in the park. The area is roped off for the guests of the party, and it is monitored so no one who didn’t pay can get in. There is a section for disabled guests in the front of the section. In front of the reserved viewing is a walkway to keep traffic moving in that area of the park, so it is a great spot to see the show without a lot of people standing right in front of you. You also have the most unobstructed view when it comes to buildings and trees in the area.
2. You get to eat all the dessert and snacks you want in the air-conditioned Launch Bay.
The treats are pretty good. And you might as well try a little of everything.
Here is my plate of cupcakes and a frosted Rice Krispies treat. The R2-D2 cupcake was vanilla, and the BB-8 surrounded by space trash was lemon-flavored. Very yummy. Jeff had a chocolate and peanut butter Darth Vader cupcake. If too many sweets aren’t your thing, there are also little toothpicks of cheese and tomatoes or cheese and olives. These were referred to as Light Sabers.
You could also have some freeze-dried Nutella at a station along the wall.
There was ice cream and brownies in this area. You could also get some bread pudding with toppings here. I also heard you could get a Mickey head ice cream bar upon request, but we didn’t get one. We had plenty of treats as it was. And remember how I said it was air conditioned? Would you rather be sitting outside in the humidity and heat of Florida instead of having tasty treats in the coolness? I didn’t think so.
3. You can drink your fill of booze from the bar.
Jeff and I are not big drinkers, but we sampled all of the cocktails they offered. All of these were included in the cost of the party. They also had non-alcoholic punches available, as well as bottled water and cans of Coke. We enjoyed going up to the bar to see this friendly bartender.
I enjoyed the drink with rum the most, the Galactic Punch. We had as many cocktails and other drinks as we wanted. I didn’t see anyone who appeared drunk in any way, so if you are worried about that with your kids around, it wasn’t a problem on our party night.
4. You can interact with Stormtroopers, Jawa, and do the regularly scheduled meet and greets in the Launch Bay.
During the party, the Stormtroopers patrolled the area and mingled with the guests. They seemed to have a special interest in our daughter, Kristin. When the party started, there weren’t a lot of kids around. More kids appeared as the party went on, but Kristin was one of the few at the beginning. I think that’s why they followed her a lot.
They interacted with the adults, too, so if you don’t have kids, don’t worry about not getting time with them. They posed for plenty of pictures. They did seem to come and go, but we never felt like they weren’t around enough.
You can meet Stormtroopers any time in the Launch Bay, but they do come into the designated party area to spend time with just the party goers. Also, Launch Bay is open to anyone during the party, but only people who have the wristbands for the party can enter the area with the food and drinks. After you have some treats and beverages, you are able to come and go as you wish. The Jawa are in their Cantina area, so it may be a good time to try to trade with them. Sometimes they trade, and sometimes they don’t. But they are always fun to watch!
During the party, you may want to check the lines for Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, or whoever is meeting in the Launch Bay at the time. Though these characters are available to anyone, the lines may be manageable during the party. It’s worth a shot.
Kylo Ren can be a little intimidating.
Again, these characters are outside the party area, so they are available to anyone. Just check the lines periodically. Also, remember you can come and go into the food and drink area. We were sure to use the restroom before the fireworks were scheduled to start. You will have to leave the Launch Bay for that. And it was nice to have a little breather during the height of the party, so we stepped outside for a moment. During our party, it did rain, so no one was using the tables set up outside. It made it a little crowded inside. There are tables in various places throughout the Launch Bay, not just where the food and drinks are. And remember, these are standing tables. There are a few tables that are lower for use by disabled party attendees.
The weather can cancel the fireworks show, so we were lucky the show was still on, even though it was delayed a little. Even if the fireworks are canceled, the party still goes on and you are not compensated in any way. The fireworks are not guaranteed.
5. You get a souvenir stein at the designated fireworks viewing area.
When it is about ten minutes before the fireworks are scheduled to begin, the party people are led to the viewing area by following a cast member with a light saber. We were towards the end of the party group, so it was nice to have a beacon of light to follow. We really felt like VIPs as we were ushered into the prime viewing spot. Soon, we found out the show was delayed due to the rain, so we had more time in the viewing area than some groups. No worries, though! We had all the bottled water we wanted. I even had a couple of Cokes from inside. They also handed out the Chewbacca steins at this point. Here is Kristin with hers.
You may be wondering how much room is in the viewing area. We had plenty of room. Since there was a rain delay, and my feet were Disney tired, Kristin and I sat down in the viewing area while we waited. Many other families were sitting, as well. We still had room behind us in the viewing area.
We didn’t have to wait long! This is my family’s favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World. When it was time, we stood up and watched the fabulous show. It feels like it is happening all around you. It is a wonderful show!
After the show, we hung out in the viewing area for awhile to let the crowds pass. Some people were heading straight to Fantasmic! It was an Extra Magic Hours night, and there were two showings of Fantasmic! that night. We had considered going, but for us, it seemed like nothing could top the show we’d just seen, so we didn’t rush over to see another show. After the crowds died down a little, we went to ride Tower of Terror in the dark for the first time instead. The line was really short!
The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party was perfect for my family. It is a little pricey, but it was one of our splurges for our trip. Jeff loves Star Wars, and I can certainly join in the fun, especially when fireworks are involved. Kristin loves the fireworks and almost any character, so she had a great time, too. It was nice not to be packed in with everyone else, and we didn’t have to stake out a spot ahead of time in the prime viewing location. I’d say to give the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party a go!
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