I have become a Star Wars fan late in life largely due to living with a group of Star Wars enthusiasts – even my 3 year old has joined the force and fallen in love with Chewbacca and BB-8. On every Walt Disney World vacation though we plan to try something new that we’ve never done before and most recently, we attended the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.
Dessert Parties are gaining in popularity and each one offers something special whether it’s in theming, access to a popular ride or show, or prime seating at a night time event. As if all of that were not enough, delicious desserts help make it a spectacular way to end a magical day while on your vacation.
Admittedly, I was a little hesitant about the extra cost of a dessert party with young children and my daughters were only 3 and 7 at the time. When traveling with young children, you just never know whether they are going to make it through an evening show or the excitement of all of the day’s events will catch up with them. We really tried to plan our day to sleep in, start late, and take a good afternoon rest to do everything in our power to avoid night time meltdowns and it all worked out better than I could have expected.
The cost of this party is $79/per person for 10+ years of age and $45/per person ages 3-9 right now but make sure to check for the most current price. You must also have admission to the park on the day of the party so this is in addition to your park ticket. This cost does include tax and gratuities though.
While I realize dessert parties are not for every party, it was definitely one of the highlights of my family’s trip. We checked in about 60 minutes before the show. When checking in, we were given party ID badges that would be used to admit us to the dessert party. We found the Launch Bay area clearing out upon our arrival. It was a great time to wander through the exhibits and see all of the Star Wars Memorabilia without lines or a crowd of people.
Once the dessert party started, we were treated to beautifully themed treats and drinks. From cupcakes to vegetable and cheese kabobs, rice Krispy treats to frozen Nutella, there was something for everyone! The desserts were beautiful and delicious. The one challenge with the dessert party is that there is no seating. There are tables, but when attending with young children, it is a bit difficult to manage drinks and desserts without a seat and even more so when the tables are higher than the child is tall! We did find a spot along the wall where our children could sit on the floor with their snacks near a table and out of the way, but this is the one area that is truly difficult to navigate and manage with children.
Throughout the party, Storm Troopers surveyed the area and interacted with guests. We could leave the party and explore the launch bay, meet with characters and come back again for more desserts.
The character meet and greets were easily accessible with minimal waits during the party. We were able to meet BB-8, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren with Photopass Photographers on site. Jawas and Storm Troopers were wandering the Launch Bay during the party and were willing to stop and pose for photographs on request.
About 20 minutes before the start of the show, guests are gathered together and escorted to the private viewing area by Stormtroopers. If traveling with a stroller, you can pick up your stroller on the way to the viewing area as it will be previously parked outside of the launch bay. Upon entering the reserved area to watch Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, each attendee was given a souvenir Chewbacca mug and bottle of water. We were permitted to take snacks with us that we could carry so I let each of my children pick out a couple of snacks to take to eat while watching the show.
The Star Wars: : A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is a great add on experience for any Star Wars fan!
Have you done the Star Wars: : A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party yet? What were your thoughts? Share them in the comments.
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4 thoughts on “A Special Treat for Star Wars Fans: Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party”
When taking snacks for your kids out of the party for them to munch on while watching the fireworks did they give you anything to carry out with? I’ve been told the on at MK they’ll give little to go boxes. Just wondering about trying to juggle it all with littles.
Also I can’t seem to find super detailed info about the viewing area. Can you advise more?
There wasn’t a special container. We used a paper cup which was easier for my little ones to help carry without dropping and once we picked up the stroller fit nicely in the cup holder. There is a period there where you are finding your place to view the show, juggling kids, strollers, and snacks and you are suddenly being handed bottles of water and Chewbacca cups. I would suggest having an empty tote bag or shopping bag handy to drop your Chewbacca cups and bottles of water in just to free your hands a little.
The viewing area will be a roped off area directly in front of the theater but back far enough that you aren’t having to look up at the front of the building. It’s really the ideal location for the fireworks. Hope you enjoy and don’t miss the liquid nitrogen Nutella dessert!
JuanitaB: thanks so much for the reply! Two more things if you don’t mind me bending your ‘ear’ …
1) Could my stroller be left outside of Launch Bay or is it truly my best option to take it to the viewing area so I’m not fighting crowds back to get it and my kids can take a seat while watching? I think I’ve already answered my own question here, but I’d like your insight if you don’t mind. I’ve got a 3 and 5 year old, so sitting might be ideal for them unless they might be majorly blocked by people.
2) My son is OBSESSED with the Stormtroopers and I’ve read of some kiddos getting to lead the Stormtroopers out, is there somewhere I’d ask if he can help out or just hope that he’ll be noticed with his B-day button? I, of course, know to never expect special treatment! But if I can put it in someone’s ear and not be out of line by doing so, he would flip his lid with excitement. Wondering if there’s a best person to mention it to/best way to bring something like that up.
Dana, first I apologize for the delay! I’ve been visiting WDW with my family and we’re just returning. You can actually park outside of the Launch Pad and there is a stroller parking area there. I would recommend that as it’s easy to grab your stroller right there as you walk by and may help in carrying the extras you will have (and help with tired kids!). There’s really no guarantee of who will be selected to walk out with the storm troopers. The last party we attended the storm troopers led the entire party out and no one was “selected” to walk with the troopers individually so I’m not sure that is still done! There are plenty of marches through out the day though and if you stick around the launch pad and Disney Jr. area, you’ll catch them! If your littles are between 4-12, you may also be interested in Jedi Training. Check out my blog on that also! https://www.themouseforless.com/blog_world/2017/08/jedi-training-an-experience-to-remember-for-your-padawan/