Review of Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios August 2017

Source: Review of Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios August 2017

Review of Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios August 2017

During this past August 2017 Disney World Vacation, we decided to try out the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios.  We thought since the dessert party is entirely Star Wars themed, (which my husband and 2 children absolutely love) and since it gives you preferential viewing of the Star Wars Fireworks show, how could we not try it?!

This Star Wars Dessert Party starts off where you pick up your VIP Star Wars themed lanyard outside Launch Bay – that proves you have paid to be at the party and is your “ticket”. This event is not included in any Disney dining plan and is an extra ticketed event, in addition to your park ticket. The price is $69.00 per adult (age 10 and over) and $39.00 per child (age 3 to 9); tax and gratuity are included. Beginning October 1, the price will change to $79.00 per adult (age 10 and over) and $45.00 for child (age 3 to 9); tax and gratuity are included.

As you enter into Star Wars launch bay – we arrived about 20 minutes early – tables are limited on a first come, first serve basis and there are NO CHAIRS.  We wanted to make sure we could grab a table for the deserts.

Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios

As soon as they opened the gates waiters were serving 2 types of specialty Star Wars themed cocktails – and yes alcohol is included in your ticket!

Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios

We found a table and went straight to the buffet whilst Storm Troopers paraded the area.

All sorts of Star Wars themed goodies and sweets with some fruit and cheeses – the buffet is loaded and amazing!

Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios

Never a long line at the bar you can find Star Wars themed cocktails such as Galactic Punch, Cosmic Citrus Twist, Light Speed Margarita and Swamp Milk; you can also request other cocktails and beverages as well.

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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
R2-D2 Cupcakes – Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios

As you look down the buffet desert table at all of the mouthwatering extravagances, you will find the Freeze Fried Nutella Truffle and with it, you can choose chocolate or raspberry sauce (I chose both!) which is to die for.

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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios
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Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios

After you have eaten a few goodies you can line up for a meet and greet with Chewbacca or Kylo Ren – which are in their normal meeting locations inside Launch Bay – **definitely a plus** – it’s a MUCH SHORTER line and waiting time than normal. IMG_3112We were a little disappointed there was no Darth Vader or any other character besides Storm Troopers promenading the party.

Since my husband is a diabetic, I called Disney beforehand to see what they could provide that would be sugar-free.  The chef was nice enough to create this great box full of sugar-free / vegan / nut-free deserts for him to enjoy!  Any allergies or requests just call in advance and they will make notes!

After about an hour, we were called to line up for the Fireworks show with Disney’s state-of-the-art projection effects, dynamic lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics.  As we proceeded outside, there were cast members handing out water bottles for each person in your party as well as Star Wars Memorabilia – which was very nice.  It was wonderful being escorted to our perfecting viewing area right before the show started, instead of finding your perfect spot an hour before the show starts to hold your place!

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See a clip here of the show or a longer clip here on my YouTube Page.  

We are so glad we experienced the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios and all of its splendor.  If you are looking for a great view of the show without having to sit holding your spot for a significant amount of time, then it is definitely something to look into!

Would we go again??  Probably not – it is quite a bit of extra money to spend and for the expense, it feels like dinner should be included. It definitely lacks some character involvement throughout the party.  But overall we had a blast and happy to have had the experience!

Click here for a video of our 2017 August Disney World Vacation Video Slide Show!

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A video clip of the view from the preferred seating included in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We attended the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during our August 2017 vacation.  Here is a video clip of the show from the preferred seating of the dessert party!

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney World All-Star Resorts are the least expensive Value Resorts in Disney World, but not skimping on any Disney advantages!  The All-Star Resorts are the utmost economical way to stay on Disney Property and still enjoy all the benefits and magic that Disney World has to offer. Included in the All-Star Resorts you have 3 resorts: the All-Star Movies, All-Star Music and All-Star Sports.  Each resort is themed exactly as they sound and no other hotel could be as special.

In May of 2015, our annual Disney World vacation began with us choosing to stay in Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. For being the most economic choice, there was nothing short of Disney magic; and probably more Disney themes than you would find at moderate or deluxe accommodations!

As you enter the lobby named Cinema Hall, for all central services, you escape into a biosphere of cinema, brightly lit of stars and lights you find the typical happy Disney atmosphere. Nearby you will find Donald’s Double Feature Gift Shop. The World Premiere Food Court is just like any other value with several options – all great and tasty.  Walking outside you will find the Fantasia themed pool where Sorcerer Mickey sprays water.

When you’ve got Mickey what else do you need?!

We chose to stay in the Toy Story area in a preferred room, which was slightly more money just to be near the busing and food court – and was totally worth every cent! Our children were in awe over the larger than life Toy Story ornamenting within your grasp!

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

The Toy Story section features a 27-foot-tall bucket of Green Army Men, a 30-foot-tall Woody icon and a 47-foot-tall Buzz Lightyear icon!

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

The other themed areas of the hotel are 101 Dalmatians, Mighty Ducks, Fantasia, and The Love Bug.

My husband and I greatly enjoyed the Movie’s pool bar conveniently located inside the pool area.  Disney drinks leave nothing to be desired.

Located neighboring each other, the 3 separate resorts share the busing system – which we found to be of no issue whatsoever, during our stay in early May 2015.

What you get:

  • 2 double beds.  No king size bed is available at this value resort.
  • Hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, safe, telephone with voicemail, bathroom, shower, 1 sink vanity, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock with radio, iron and ironing board, small table with 2 chairs, dresser and nightstand and more.
  • Access to Disney’s Extra Magic Hours.
  • Free transportation to and from parks.
  • Disney’s Magical Express and more!

In conclusion did we like All-Star Movies Resort?

YES!  We loved staying there.

We absolutely will be traveling back to Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort one day soon for the economic strength and comfort.  After all, when we visit Disney Parks we are rarely in our hotel room so we don’t really need all the extras the more expensive rooms bring and it ends up being a wasted value.

When you book a room inside of Walt Disney World it really depends on what fits your family’s needs best.  We love saving money!

Check out my review of our stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and also my review of the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Art of Animation Disney World Review

When staying inside the World, there are 3 types of resorts to stay in: Value, Moderate and Deluxe.  Value will find you the best pricing with rooms to sleep up to 4 and the least of amenities – which really isn’t insignificant by any means!  You will find Value Resorts to be the most Disney-themed out of all the resorts on the grounds. All resorts offer transportation to & from all of the parks and Disney Springs. Moderates will find you in between Value and Deluxe – with gorgeous grounds, sometimes more food options, more amenities at a slightly higher price.  Deluxe resorts offer luxury at deluxe pricing, where you will have the convenience of more than 1 option for transportation to parks like monorail or boat; with extreme proximity to whatever parks they are located near and usually more than 1 sit down service as well as your quick service.  Deluxe and moderates offer pool slides, where values do not. All Disney World Resorts offer complimentary Magical Express Transportation to and from the airport!  When you arrive your checked luggage magically shows up in your resort room a few hours after you check in… and at time of departure, they provide transportation for return to the airport.  They will also help you with documents for airline check-in for travel home, and will weigh, take and check your luggage for your departure.

In August of 2016 we stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for our annual Disney World vacation.  What a perfect resort for those with families!  Art of Animation provides family suites for that much needed extra room space.  Unlike Deluxe resorts that can provide extra space, AOA comes at slightly cheaper pricing but immerses you in all larger than life Disney themes inside and outside your room! While walking through this resort you become completely absorbed into the magically enhanced statues of our favorite character inside their worlds.

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Art of Animation

Whether it’s a giant few-stories-tall Ursula, or walking down a road that leads you into the world of Disney’s Car’s, it really puts the wonder and amazement in your eye!

WHAT YOU GET:  When staying at AOA, you are able to choose from Lion King, Nemo and Cars for family sized suites – all separated into their own sections.  The Little Mermaid section and rooms offer a typical value resort room with 2 double beds, or 1 king, (sleeping up to 4 people) 1 bathroom and a mini-fridge at value pricing.   The Family Suites provide you with a 1 bedroom with a queen sized-bed, one double sized table bed convertible, and 1 double-sized sleeper sofa, 2 televisions, 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette! So if you are taking a break one afternoon and put the kids down for a nap, you have another space to hang in! Family suites will cost you at least around $350 & up per night where the Mermaid room will be around $150 and up depending on the time of year your travel date is.

CARS SECTION:  We chose to stay in the Car’s section of this hotel, which was an easy walk to and from the lobby, food court and transportation.  Nemo and Lion King Sections are situated with a slightly shorter walk.  The Little Mermaid Section is the furthest and leaves you with a 10-15 minute walk from the bus to your room – something to keep in mind with tired legs after being at a park for an entire day!

Art of Animation Car's Section
Art of Animation Car’s Section

The Cars Room was beyond our expectations; not the best in luxury, BUT unsurpassed Cars themed ornamenting.  Embellished from floor to ceiling, you are placed into the world of Lightning McQueen and Mater; with all vintage and retro touches one could only expect. You may even find a cone for a lamp shade!  Metal accents throughout, the 50’s retro Cars bathrooms have a vanity with the slogan and lit arrows are incredible.

FOOD:  As a value resort AOA only provides 1 quick service food court that serves all 3 meals, called Landscape of Flavors.Art of Animation We really enjoyed this quick service with plenty of options and plenty of seating.  Value resort quick service food courts are always much bigger with much more seating than you will find at most Deluxe Resorts.  We are partial to the bigger quick services because you don’t waste much time eating, if you are in a rush to a park. Art of Animation

POOLS:  Art of Animation offers 3 pools: the Nemo Pool – which is AOA’s main pool which is the largest out of all Disney Resorts and is where you can hear music UNDER the water!

Art of Animation
Art of Animation

There is a splash pad located directly next to this pool.

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Art of Animation

The other 2 pools are the Cozy Cone in the Cars Section and the Flippin’ Fins Pool by the Little Mermaid Section.

None of the pools at a value resort offer pool slides – but we really don’t find that to make much of a difference. **We loved AOA’s pool bar which was conveniently located on our walk back to room each night!** IMG_6785All Disney Resorts offer a pool bar (or more) located on premises.

The only CON to staying with the Art of Animation resort, was that we felt it was such a heavily populated resort that the busing was always crowded – even with their double-long buses they provided. However more recently it seems no matter where you stay busing is always crowded.

Would we stay at Art of Animation again in the future??  ABSOLUTELY!  We had a tremendous amount of fun at AOA – our children LOVED every inch of the resort – and as a Disney Lover’s Heaven, it was so cheerfully fun!  It was really nice having the extra space for a change as well and I can totally see us venturing back there in the near future.

Be sure to read my Disney World Top Travel Tip HERE!

Check out my review of the Animal Kingdom Lodge and my article on ways to save on your next Disney World Vacation!

Where will will you stay during your next Disney World Vacation?