Welcome to the next stop on the Magical Blogorail Red. Today we are giving tips and information for Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be here soon and I am so excited that we are going to be there. Last year we attended for the first time and loved it. One of our favorite parts were the character meals. We went to both Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine and the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Here is what you can expect, our thoughts, and a few tips.
Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine
We had never eaten at Hollywood and Vine before our visit to Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine. It wasn’t too high on our list because without kids we weren’t really interested in seeing the Disney Junior characters and buffets are not high on our list anyway. But if you add Star Wars to anything we are going to be there.
Before you are seated you meet Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale at the front of the restaurant. During your meal, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, and Storm Trooper Donald will stop by your table.
Hollywood and Vine is a buffet and that doesn’t change during the Star Wars Dine. Most of the food that is available during dinner anytime is available during this meal but the food takes on some fabulous names like Lando’s Lobster and Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese, Greedo’s Green Beans with Garlic and Tomato, and C-3PO’s Cream Corn Spoon Bread. There is also a create your own pasta station that I loved. I have to say that my expectations were not very high for this meal but I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was.
The desserts are also Star Wars themed. I loved the Yoda and Darth Vader mini cupcakes and you could also try R2-D2 No Added Sugar Cheesecake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, key-lime tarts, Red Velvet Cake, Boba’s dipped Brownies and Marshmallows, and sugar cookies.
But the most popular item had to be Aunt Beru’s Blue Milk Ice Cream that was of course made with Tatooine’s famous Blue Milk. 🙂
Is this the character meal you’re looking for?
Even if you like Star Wars just a little you’ll enjoy this meal. And if you are more of a Disney fan than a Star Wars fan you’ll enjoy it too. It has the Disney characters everyone loves and they are dressed as the more recognizable characters. It’s laid back, goofy, and fun. It is priced a little high but if you love meeting characters (and meeting them in their different costumes) it’s worth it. Getting to meet them without any lines and in air conditioning is a huge plus for me.
Keep in mind that the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine experience is scheduled to take place daily during dinner only from from 4:15 PM to 8:00 PM, May 4 through June 14, 2015. The cost is $57.99 per adult and $34.99 per child age 3 to 9 (tax is included; gratuity is not) 2 table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Discounts are not accepted including Tables in Wonderland. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required.
Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast
This was the Star Wars character meal we were most looking forward to. I really like Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (the food and the theming) so I think it’s a great spot for this meal. The price is steep but for us it’s definitely worth it.
When you enter you have your photo taken with Darth Vader and Boba Fett. I’m not going to lie, it was a little intimidating. But so awesome!
Inside Storm Troopers patrol the restaurant and a couple of Jawas and Greedo stopped by. Since there were so many Storm Troopers we saw them a couple of times. They were great and funny but don’t bring up how bad their aim is.
The Jawas were also trading pins. Just make sure you are trading with the right one or you’ll just end up with missing silverware.
Each table gets a selection of pastries that are automatically brought out that included a vanilla cream turnover, almond pastry, and double chocolate muffin. You then get a choice of choice of fruit salad or yogurt parfait.
You can then select your entree. I was told that you could order more than one or ask for seconds but we were so full we just enjoyed the one.
Here is a really bad photo of the entree options from 2014. Drinks are also included with your meal including Bantha Milk.
There was also a sweet surprise at the end of the meal that we failed to get a photo of. A Cast Member rolled around a pretty cool looking cart with dry ice and glow cubes that served a strawberry mousse, with strawberry bubbles and orange nuggets. To be honest, it was a little weird. The consistency wasn’t’ really that appealing to me but overall we really enjoyed the meal.
Is this the character meal you’re looking for?
It’s expensive. There is really no getting around it. Especially for breakfast. But we loved it and have reservations again this year. It’s a must do if you are a Star Wars fan. I loved the characters and the interactions were great. Sci-Fi usually plays old sci-fi movie clips but for the breakfast everything was Star Wars themed. The Cantina Band has an appearance and they played the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. It was a geeky character meal dream come true. Plus Darth Vader typically has one of the longest lines so it was great to meet him without a wait and not in 90 degree heat.
Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast is $49.99 per adult and $31.99 per child age 3 to 9 (tax is included; gratuity is not) and is 2 table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. You can’t use any discounts including Tables in Wonderland. Star Wars dining experiences are scheduled to take place at breakfast only everyday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, May 4 through June 14, 2015. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required.
Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience
A new experience that was just announced is the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience. “Once a thriving port in a system in the Outer Rim, this abandoned space now serves as a rest stop and hangout for cosmic travelers of all kinds.” This looks to be more of a traditional Disney table service experience without characters but according to the Disney Parks Blog “characters are not planned to visit guests at their tables. However, you never know who you’ll find in the abandoned hangar.” Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience will be available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Star Wars Weekends—from May 15 to June 14, 2015, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Menu items are priced between $5.49 and $16.99. Also keep in mind that the Disney Dining Plan is not accepted and you cannot use the Tables in Wonderland discount. We will be trying this one out in a little over a week and I can’t wait!
- Book early! At this point it is going to be hard to get a reservation for any Star Wars themed meal. If you are attending next year keep an eye on when reservations open. This year it was December and reservations started going fast.
- If you are still trying to get a reservation try looking for one during the week. While most Star Wars Weekends events only happen Friday-Sunday (including the Rebel Hanger) the character meals take place all week.
- In addition, going during the week frees up time to see the characters and shows. Even though we had reservations we still had a wait before each meal and character meals can take a lot of time. This year our character meal reservation is on a Monday so we can maximize our time during the weekend.
- If you are using a wheelchair, make sure it’s noted on your reservation when you call or under special requests if you make your reservation online. I would also mention it when you check in at Sci-Fi just in case. They will usually ask if you want to transfer into one of the cars which is like a booth or sit a table in the back.
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is also very dark. There will be a Photopass photographer to take your photo with Darth Vader and Boba Fett but inside you are on your own. Make sure you check out the settings on your camera so you can get the best photos possible. Disney Tourist Blog has some tips to get better photos along with a review of the meal.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Star Wars Weekends: Tips & Info Loop:
- 1st Stop – Adventureland Pam | Why Every Star Wars Fan Needs to Attend Star Wars Weekend
- 2nd Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Star Wars Weekends | Character Meals
- 3rd Stop – Crafting to Disney | DIY- Chewbacca’s Bandolier Autograph Holder
- 4th Stop – Capturing Magical Memories | 5 Reasons To Enjoy Star Wars Weekends Even If Your Aren’t A Fan