Hi friends, and happy #tastytuesday! I’m back this Tuesday to talk about a topic that came up when polling my followers on Facebook and Instagram: dessert parties. Within the past 2 years, I have had the ability to experience dessert parties in all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks, and every one is as different as the next. On my last trip alone, my mom and I tried the Fantasmic! Dessert Party (Hollywood Studios), the Happily Ever After Dessert Party- Plaza Garden View (Magic Kingdom), the Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party (Animal Kingdom), and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party (Hollywood Studios). I have also tried the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party (Epcot) on my first adult trip to Walt Disney World 2 years ago. And after visiting all of these dessert parties, my favorite one is….Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular!!
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is hosted in Star Wars Launch Bay at 8:00pm about an hour and a half before the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show at Hollywood Studios, which starts at 9:30pm. I enjoyed this party for 3 main reasons:
- added extras
- allergy friendly food options!!!
Covering the cost first, the dessert party costs $79 per adult and $45 per child (and it does not count as a part of the Disney Dining Plan). The Happily Ever After Dessert Parties cost roughly about the same, with the Plaza Garden View costing a little less, but there is so much more to do for the $79…
…which gets us into the added extras!! There is SO MUCH to do at this dessert party! The party itself is hosted in Star Wars Launch Bay, which, if you have not visited and you are a Star Wars buff, you need to take some time to explore this area. Above is the special access tag that we received with all of the exhibits and character meet-and-greets that we had access too. I don’t want to share too many pictures of the inside of Star Wars Launch Bay for those who have not visited yet, but I will say, it is so freaking cool!!
And now, for the moment you have all been waiting for…the food!! This dessert party had more food options than I had experienced at any other dessert party. Pictured above is a savory station that had fruit, meats, cheeses, pita chips, and a variety of hummus/dips for those who do not have a sweet tooth. And, in addition to the savory station, there was a dessert station with galactic desserts, such as blue milk panna cotta. And, as if this wasn’t enough, there was a full bar, a water/juice station, a frozen mousse station, and a pizza station! In comparison, the Happily Ever After Dessert Party only had 2-3 stations of a combination of sweet/savory food, and so the options here were much more diverse.
I did have some of the meats and hummus, which are allergy friendly for me, and while I was enjoying my savory food, one of the chefs came out to check on my table and ask about my food allergies. As a part of the online reservation, I was able to put in my food allergies just like I do for all of my other dining reservations. The chef asked if I would like to try a vegan chocolate avocado mousse with gummy worms, to which I responded I’d be happy to try. In addition to the mousse, she returned with a bag full of vegan/allergy friendly goodies for me to have, which I was very appreciative for.
I decided to try the mousse first. I have made chocolate avocado mousse several times at home, so I knew that the consistency would be a little thicker, which it was. I actually did not like it very much because it tasted more like avocado than chocolate, but I did like the consistency a lot, and gummy worms are always an added bonus in my book!
Next, I tried an assortment of jar cakes/tapioca. I liked the key lime flavor of the Key Lime Blueberry cake, but I felt as if the cake was overpowered by the taste of blueberries, which did not taste very fresh. The Tropical Tapioca definitely lived up to its name. It was very fruity and tropical, but it lacked the sweetness that I am used to with homemade tapioca. The winner, by far, was the Chocolate Cherry Cake. It reminded me of the chocolate raspberry bread that I had tried from Erin McKennas, and so I finished almost the entire jar. The cake was chocolate-ty and delicious, and the raspberry was a perfect balance.
Lastly, I tried the Enjoy Life chocolate bars and the cookies. There was also an allergy friendly roll in the bag, but I choose not to eat it as it contains yeast, which is one of my food allergies. As chocolate is chocolate is chocolate, I loved both bars! And the cookie was also surprisingly delicious. I forgot to ask about the ingredients of the cookie, as it was unlabeled, so my assumption would be that it was vegan, but may not be gluten free. However, I would ask a cast member before trying it to be safe.
Once we were finished eating, we were escorted outside to sit and watch the fireworks, which was around 8:45pm. On our way out, we were given the best souvenir that I have gotten at any dessert party: a Darth Vader mug!! It was so cute and made for an adorable picture. I believe that these mugs change up every once in a while, so it may not be the same mug when you attend the dessert party.
We were then escorted to a roped-off section right in front of the Chinese Theater to watch both The Wonderful World of Animation (above) and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (below). Both were excellent, and I would even say Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is right on par with Happily Ever After. I also enjoyed how close we were to the fireworks, as we had a clear view of the animation on the Chinese Theater the entire time, which was then amplified by the fireworks and other effects throughout both shows.
Also, how could I forget that there were Storm Troopers walking around during our dessert party?!?!
All in all, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party was, and is, the best dessert party that I have attended so far!! In addition to this being a great party, I wanted to write this post before this dessert party ends with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I’m not sure if it will come back once the land is open, so definitely contact me to get your reservations in soon!!
Here’s to living our best and most delicious Disney lives! <3
Meagan has been living with many food allergies and sensitivities since she was 19 years old. She is currently a Personal Vacation Advisor for Magical Vacation Planner, specializing in helping her guests book trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Meagan enjoys researching fitness and nutrition and has taken a special interest in finding allergy friendly options at Walt Disney World.
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