When the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience was announced I made reservations immediately. One reason was I new spots would fill up fast. But we also love trying new things at the parks and it was Star Wars themed so how could I NOT make a reservation.
The Rebel Hanger takes over part of Backlot Express at Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends. Check in is near Star Tours and the stage where the Jedi Training Academy takes place. There are a few signs to help you find your way to the podium to check in. We were given a pager and waited just a few minutes before we were seated.
Since the Rebel Hangar is new and taking over an existing space I really didn’t expect too many decorations but there were cool details everywhere.
Some of the tables also had themed decor. This guy joined us for dinner. I joked about putting him in my purse (which was way to small for smuggling.)
The menu also told the backstory of the hangar. Everything tied together nicely and gives me hope that we might see a Star Wars themed restaurant become a permanent part of Hollywood Studios.
It was the first night of our vacation so we decided to go all out and try a few things. First up, drinks. Drew had the Imperial Blue, Maker’s Mark bourbon, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour, topped with Sprite. It didn’t look very blue to me but he enjoyed it.
I tried the Degobah Swamp Juice, Midori, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Sweet-and-Sour topped with Lemon-Lime Fomz. I’m not really a fan of foam in my drinks but I couldn’t pass up getting swamp juice and an x-wing glow clip. The drink was good, not really my thing, but it was nice and tart.
We split the Pilot’s Pomme Frites. Fries that are tossed with Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley with a garlic aioli for dipping. It’s your basic Disney fries with seasoning which really isn’t a bad thing since I like Disney fries. The presentation was cool though and we both loved the dipping sauce.
Drew had the Dark Fried which is chicken and waffles served with maple syrup and sweet barbecue sauce. Or the Disney waffles we all love plus chicken nuggets.
I tried the Illum Fruit and Cheese “Sabers” featuring Tillamook cheddar, mild Brie, olives, pickles, and seasonal berries with crostini and cheddar crackers. The three cheeses were really good and the berries were nice and fresh. I enjoyed everything except the cheddar crackers which weren’t really cheddar crackers. The consistency was a little off and it really didn’t taste like much of anything.
Before our meal arrived and before dessert, a Jawa came wandering through the restaurant. He posed for photos, stole silverware, and was basically just being awesome. Characters aren’t guaranteed at this meal but it was a nice touch. I’ve read that other characters have showed up too so you never know who you might run into.
For dessert we had the trio of Star Wars mini cupcakes served in a Han Solo Carbonite Souvenir Box. I love cupcakes and it was a good time to get the souvenir box since we were heading back to the room. (It’s also a popcorn bucket that you can purchase at Darth’s Mall.) The cupcakes were Darth Vader Chocolate-Peanut Butter, Yoda Chocolate-Hazelnut, and Jabba the Hut Salted-Caramel. Darth Vader was my favorite but the Yoda cupcake was a close second. Neither of us cared for the Jabba the Hut one. It was waaaaaay to sweet. The cupcakes can also be found in regular sized versions at counter service locations in Hollywood Studios if you want to give them a try.
Overall we really did enjoy our time at the Rebel Hangar and we would definitely do it again. The food wasn’t spectacular but the price point is a lot cheaper than the other themed meals during Star Wars Weekends. It’s also nice to have a table service meal to relax at during Star Wars Weekends since it can be hot and crowded. And here’s hoping this leads to more permanent Star Wars presence in the parks. 🙂
Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience will be available select days during Star Wars Weekends—from May 15 to June 14, 2015, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.