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Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

We decided months and months before this trip that we wanted to do a dessert party, the only question was which one. We tossed around the idea of the Wishes one, but the cost was $69/person and it did not include alcohol (not that either of us are typically big drinkers). Then we looked at the Star Wars one for $79/person but it did include all-you-could-drink (the extra $10 seems worth it to me!). There were only 2 problems – #1) Disney had announced the Christmas-themed dessert party for Hollywood Studios, with no guarantee if/when the Star Wars one would return, and #2) I had never watched a single Star Wars movie…

Then, in November Disney announced the dessert party dates, and one of them was the Monday we were hoping for! So, we booked and paid for that. Then, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, we sat down and watched all eight of the Star Wars movies which had been released to that point (and I’m probably one of the few people who can say I watched in chronological order haha – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Rogue One, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. We actually had to watch Rogue One in theaters since it had only been released a few weeks prior. So – both issues tackled! Now I was really excited for this dessert party!

The official sign-in time for the party was 6:30, but they actually allowed people to start checking in earlier than that. We wanted as much time as possible to eat/drink so by 6:15 we had our lanyards and were heading in.

There were a number of high-top tables spread throughout the party area, with 2 buffet tables of food in the centre, a bar at one end, another table at the other end with more food and another table with non-alcoholic drinks.

The red glowing thing were the centerpieces on each table – very simple, but fit well with the Star Wars theme. You can also see Luke’s first plate of food, and the first drinks we each got (better pictures below)

Water, watermelon lemonade and juice.

Coffee, decaf coffee and hot water, with a selection of teas nearby.

Our first order of business was drinks! Here’s the list of specialty cocktails they offered for this party:

I went for the Cosmic Citrus Twist as my first choice, while Luke decided to try to the Light Speed Margarita.

Cosmic Citrus Twist – citrus lemonade and watermelon lemonade

Light Speed Margarita – tequila, blood orange syrup, sour mix and lime juice

I’m not a huge tequila person, and that drink was strong! I can deal with my drinks getting stronger as I continue drinking, but I prefer my first one to be weak and sweet – my watermelon vodka drink was just that! I didn’t take a picture of every drink I had, but I believe I had 4 of these light pink delicious things during this dessert party, and they continuously got stronger with each one…

Now for the food:

To satisfy your savory tastes, they had pita bread with dips – one was a black bean dip and the other a pretty standard, straight forward red pepper hummus.

Watermelon Sabers

Cheddar and Green Olive Sabers

Provolone and Tomato Sabers

Grape Sabers

All of the “sabers” were pretty straight forward, and I ended up trying them all (obviously, I picked off the tomato/green olives and just ate the cheese cubes from those ones haha).

BB-8 Lemon Cupcake

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper cookies

From left to right: Citrus Financiers, Pistachio Morella Cherry Bites and Mini Chocolate Cakes

“Blue Milk” Panna Cotta with Crispy Pearls

Rice Crispy Bon Bons

R2D2 Vanilla Cupcake

Darth Vader Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

That last bowl doesn’t look like much, but it was freeze dried nutella with raspberry sauce and dark chocolate sauce, and it was so good! The little bit in the bottom of the bowl is seriously all you need though, it’s so sweet! (I don’t think I even finished all of that, since I wanted to try so many things).

Red Velvet Brownies

Warm Bread Pudding  with pretzels and M&M’s

Vanilla bean sauce and fresh berries for the bread pudding. Not pictured: vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream

Galactic Punch – coconut rum, spiced rum, mango syrup and passion orange guave juice , and another Cosmic Citrus Twist

Luke switched it up at one point and got a rum and coke. And yes, there’s another Cosmic Citrus Twist in the background there…

I *think* I had 3 Cosmic Citrus Twists and a Galactic Punch over the hour and fifteen minutes or so we were there, and when it was close to time to start heading out to the viewing area for fireworks I grabbed one of the to-go coffee cups they had and the bartender mixed me another cosmic citrus twist in that so I could drink it while watching the show… I swear I rarely drink, but I was going to get my money’s worth out of this dessert party haha! I can’t remember exactly, but I think Luke had 2 of the margaritas, 1 cosmic citrus twist, 1 galactic punch and 1 or 2 rum and cokes. He also had a drink mixed in a to-go cup, but I don’t remember what it was.

Around 7:30, Stormtroopers began leading the way with lightsabers to the reserved viewing area for the show. Seriously, the view could not have been better! That alone is almost worth the cost of the party!  (And instead of staking out a viewing spot 1-2 hours in advance, we were filling our bellies with wonderful sweets and alcohol!).

As we entered the reserved viewing area, cast members were handing out our keepsake Chewbacca mugs. These things are ridiculous!

The top of the head lifts up and you drink from there. I know one of these is currently sitting on our kitchen island, but I have no idea where the other one went? There’s also no way I would ever buy these things, but they were included in the cost of the dessert party…

As soon as we entered the reserved viewing area, most people immediately started crowding their way to the front of the roped-off area, but not us! We hung to the back – I had read that the reserved area was larger than the number of people at the dessert party, so I knew we wouldn’t be crowded at the back – and look at all the space in front of us!

While waiting for the show to start, two little boys (brothers I assume) were having a lightsaber fight in that space in front of us, when all of a sudden one brother drops his lightsaber to his side and raises his other hand to “force choke” his brother. The other little guy’s eyes went huge, and his hand flew to his neck – Luke and I were laughing so hard! Clearly these kids had seen the Star Wars movies a few times…

As for the show itself – I loved it! We had just watched all of the movies a few weeks prior, so they were all still nice and fresh in my memory. There’s lots of projections and lasers and lights, in addition to some fireworks, and it really does a great job of telling a story. The music is fantastic as well, lots of classic Star Wars stuff. I didn’t take a ton of pictures, I was really enjoying the show but I did snap a few with my iPhone.

Would we pay the money for this dessert party again? Absolutely! We asked about doing a private dessert party with viewing of this show for our wedding, but that was a no-go (due to all of the construction happening in Hollywood Studios, they don’t currently have a private location to set something up). But, we plan on taking some of our family to the regular dessert party anyways!

 

Hoop dee doo Musical Revue

Hoop dee Doo Musical Revue – January 9th, 2016 – Supper​

After spending a few hours with my cousin, she eventually had to get on the road to drive the few hours back to her home. Luke and I spent the next few hours dodging the rain by doing some retail therapy in Disney Springs, and stopping for a snack at Ghiradellii (again, something else I do not have pictures of, sorry). Eventually, it was time for us to start making our way to Fort Wilderness for the Hoop-dee-doo Musical Revue. I recommend giving yourselves a lot of time to get there, that resort is huge! Our bus driver was Disney Springs was so friendly, and she explained exactly which internal bus to get on when she dropped us off.

We made it there with plenty of time to spare. Eventually, we were let inside and led to our seats. It was the 8:30pm show, so it wasn’t even close to being sold out and the majority of people in attendance were adults. We were in category 2, and they were great seats!

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As soon as we walked in, there was already a loaf of corn bread and a tossed salad sitting on our table. Our waiter quickly came over and introduced himself, and asked for our drink order. There was a selection of soft drinks, beer, sangria or wine to choose from. I asked for a glass of white wine, and Luke ordered a beer (a Yuengling I believe). My wine was Chardonnay, and I ended up not liking it at all. The waiter realized this right away, so I asked for a glass of root beer. I guess he didn’t hear me properly, because he brought me a glass of sweet tea – which is so gross! America, you need to learn what proper ice tea is! Our waiter was awesome though, realized his mistake and brought me my root beer without me even mentioning it to him.

The show started soon after, and after the first act they brought out all of the food – chicken, ribs, corn, mashed potatoes and baked beans.

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There was so much food, and it was all so good! I don’t like baked beans, so I didn’t try those, but I had a sample of everything else and it was awesome! We barely put a dent in our food though, there was so much for just the two of us. The show continued on, and then during the next break they brought out the strawberry shortcake. Oh. My. God. You guys. This was incredible. I want their recipe! I didn’t even get a picture of it because I was too busy shoving it into my mouth…

Towards the end of the show, they passed out instruments for audience members to play. Luke took his job of playing washerboard very seriously. Also – you can kind of see the strawberry shortcake in the bottom of that picture…​

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The show itself was really silly, but we had read about it beforehand so we knew what to expect. I enjoyed it, and would definitely go to it again, although I don’t think it’s something I need to go to every year.

We used 2 table service credits each for this, which would have cost $67 each if paying out of pocket. It wasn’t the best use of dining plan credits, but I’m glad we went!​