Are dessert parties worth the money? This is a question I’ve asked myself many times. I had always felt like they weren’t and avoided them. Actually, I laughed at the thought of them. They aren’t exactly cheap, and they take up valuable Park time. However, my son and I are huge Star Wars fans so I finally gave in and booked the “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party” at Hollywood Studios. So, the burning question: was it worth it? Am I a dessert party believer now? Ahh now.. what fun would it be if I gave away all my secrets upfront? You’ll just have to read on and find out!
We checked in at a podium just outside of Star Wars Launch Bay and were given our party passes and our table assignment. The party took place in a small, out of the way area just to the left of the Kylo Ren meet and greet. The first thing we noticed on our assigned table was a Summons from Kylo Ren for a special meet and greet. At our prescribed time to meet with “the commander in the bridge” my son, ever the little villain at heart decided to join the dark side and agreed to inform on his “resistance guardian”. Kylo sent us on our way but told my son that he wasn’t ready yet but to be vigilant and await a message, he would send for him when it was time to complete his training.
After returning to the party I decided to hit up the open bar. That’s the only logical course of action when you son willingly agrees to betray you to the Sith right in front of you… right? The drinks were fabulous. Well made, tasty, and just strong enough. My son enjoyed the ever-popular (non-alcoholic) POG juice. For the 21 and over the set, I highly recommend the Galactic punch. It’s a high octane version of POG juice with coconut rum, I’m a sucker for coconut rum. If you order it, make sure to tell them Jill sent you. That won’t mean anything to anyone, but I’ll get a kick out of knowing you did it.
Libations consumed, we decided to tackle the main event- the food! They had a really great spread set out for us. There was something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the savory options (charcuterie and various cheeses) but of course, the sweets were amazing too! If you ask my 3-year-old he’ll tell you the best part were the chocolate Darth Vadar cupcakes. I, however, got a kick out of the freeze-fried Nutella Truffle. The process was fun to watch and the end result was so tasty, I’m still thinking about it months later!
Throughout the event, Storm Troopers intermingled with us. When chastised me for not being loyal to The New Order, I tried to use a Jedi mind trick on him. It didn’t work. He asked to see my credentials and reluctantly allowed me to carry on when I showed him my party pass. My son (the Sith Lord in training) cheered them on as they hassled other party guests.
One of the biggest perks of the event was special viewing for “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular”- a projection and pyrotechnic show shown most nights in front of the Chinese Theater. About 20 minutes before the show, Storm Troopers escorted us to our designated viewing area (the area formerly occupied by the infamous Sorcerer Hat). We were encouraged to take drinks with us, and let me tell you, I can’t stress enough how nice it was to sit back and so a margarita while waiting on a nighttime show rather than fighting for a prime spot shoulder to shoulder with other guests.
So was it worth it? YES! I think that goes without saying at this point. We absolutely loved it and can’t wait to try others! Over at Epcot, the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party even includes an after-hours ride on Frozen Ever After, freeing up a valuable tier 1 FastPass on your Epcot day. Note though that the dessert parties at Magic Kingdom do not include alcoholic beverages. Book a dessert party for your next trip, you wont be disappointed!
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