Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are sharing some Disney inspired date ideas. We’re taking the geekiness up a notch and helping you plan a Star Wars themed date night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Andrew and I both love Star Wars. One night on our last trip we decided to have our date night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It ended up being a Star Wars centric visit. Here are a few things we experienced to help you plan your date night. The couple that geeks out together stays together!
Star Tours is a must do. Especially now that randomized tracks have returned. Instead of each experience starting in Jakku, every location will be random. That means you can ride multiple times and each experience could be completely different. Fastpasses are available but if you are visiting when the parks aren’t too crowded the wait shouldn’t be too long. You can also find out about the wheelchair accessibility of the attraction here.
Celebrates all things Star Wars. It was recently updated with authentic replicas from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and has other Star Wars memorabilia in the preview gallery. We loved checking out the different light sabers. Making-of footage from “Rogue One” has also been added to the “Meet the Makers” film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay theater. You also might encounter a few Jawas looking to make a trade. And watch out for Stormtroopers. 🙂
This stage show celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes. Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, BB-8, Darth Maul and other characters make appearances. We’re looking forward to seeing the newly added AWR Troopers from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
Captain Phasma leads a squad of Stormtroppers up Hollywood Boulevard to the Center Stage several times during the day. You can check Disney’s website or your my Disney Experience app for times. We just happened to arrive right before the march and a Cast Member let us know so we could grab a spot. If you just want to grab a few photos and move on then Hollywood Boulevard is the perfect spot. If you want to see the small show make sure you are near the stage.
We love meeting characters so this was a must do for us. You can meet Chewbacca and Kylo Ren in Star Wars Launch Bay. Chewy was a lot of fun. Kylo Ren is intimidating but we still refusing to give up information on the rebellion. FastPasses aren’t available but if you have the My Disney Experience app on your phone you can check the wait times. We visited later in the afternoon and didn’t have to wait very long.
Hollywood Studios isn’t our favorite park when it comes to dining but there are some good options. If you just want to grab a quick service meal and stick to the Star Wars theme Backlot Express has some pretty good options. We’ve tried the Dark Side chicken and waffles. Not the greatest meal but fun.
If you’re looking for a character meal head over to Hollywood & Vine. We were really surprised by how much we like it there. The food is great and the service has always been wonderful. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is a lot of fun. We went during Halloween and the costumes were amazing. Right now it’s Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine where you can “Celebrate Hollywood blockbusters at a banquet honoring the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown!”
The Hollywood Brown Derby would be our pick for a romantic lunch or dinner. It’s a signature restaurant so the options are a little more upscale and the decor is beautiful. It’s always been a favorite of mine. We like to split a few appetizers and drinks. If you don’t want to make a reservation or want something a little more casual the The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge located on the patio is also a lot of fun.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the best way to end your Star Wars themed date night. The Chinese theater is covered in projections from the films, there are lasers, pyrotechnics, and of course fireworks. It’s a fun show.
I would considering the dessert party (more on that below) if you or someone in your party is a wheelchair user. There isn’t any reserved wheelchair seating so you would need to show up early to get a spot towards the front of one of the sections. That way no one is standing directly in front of you and you can see almost everything. The photo above is from the dessert party seating. I would recommend sitting in the same spot in the section next to this one or at the front of the one behind the stage. If you don’t want to get there early sitting in front of the Chinese theater is also an option. We sat there for the holiday show and could see all of the projections and some of the fireworks.
Another option is to end the night at the dessert party. The party itself is held inside Star Wars Launch Bay. Check in is held outside of the building. We arrived about 10 minutes early and there were already people inside. There tables inside and a few of the lower ones are reserved for wheelchair users.
While it’s mostly desserts there is also a few other options including cheese skewers, fruit, flat breads, and hummus. But the desserts are the star of the show. We LOVED the Freeze-Fried Nutella Truffle and I am always a sucker for cupcakes. The party also has Star Wars themed alcoholic drinks.
You can walk around the exhibits at Star Wars Launch Bay if you want but we just enjoyed sitting at our table with drinks and desserts. About 15 minutes prior to the fireworks show Cast Members will lead you out to the VIP are to view the show. We left a little earlier to make sure we got a good spot. EasyWDW has a great review of the dessert party that helped us make the decision to splurge on it.
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