Why the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is a WDW Prep fave

In recent years, Disney World has expanded the number of premium events available for guests to add to their visit, and while we try to emphasize to readers that you don't have to spend anything extra to have a fantastic (and memorable!) vacation, every now and then one comes along that we think might be worth it for some guests.

The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is one of those events.

Check out the information below to learn more about this event and see if it sounds like a good fit for your family.

Quick Review

What is it and where is it located?

The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert party is a premium event offered at Hollywood Studios on the same nights that the fireworks are held. Guests are first treated to a Star Wars-themed dessert party inside of Star Wars Launch Bay before being escorted outside to view the show from a roped-off area at one of the best viewing locations in the park.

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What can I expect to be served?

Playing off of the Star Wars theme, guests are treated to a fairly broad and tasty selection of galactic-titled food, including a couple different cupcakes (there's a BB-8 lemon-flavored option, and a Darth Vader chocolate-peanut butter flavored one), an amazing freeze-fried Nutella truffle, several flavors of cookies, a delicious warm bread pudding complete with a selection of toppings, and a sampling of fruits and cheeses.

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There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options available.

In addition to water and soft drinks, guests that prefer non-alcoholic options also have 2 punch-type beverages from which to choose: Lunar Lemonade (a watermelon-flavored lemonade) and Jettison Juice (passion orange guava juice with mango syrup).

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There are also 3 specialty alcoholic beverage options: Galactic Punch, Cosmic Citrus Twist, and Light Speed Margarita. All 3 of the drinks are served at a bar and are included in the price of your ticket. Bartenders do accept tips.

The party has tables but no chairs. This is common at a lot of Disney events, but can be irritating nonetheless.

How do you book it?

You can book the party online, and while Disney says you can book up to 180 days in advance, it frequently isn't available until later. If you don't see it open, keep checking!

How much does it cost and what does that include?

The cost for this party is $79 for adults and $45 for children ages 3-9. Included in that cost are all of your desserts and drinks, a reserved viewing area for the fireworks, a commemorative lanyard, and a Chewbacca souvenir stein.

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How does check-in work?

Guests with tickets to the dessert party check-in in front of Star Wars Launch Bay. Your ticket and confirmation information will give you a check-in time; however, it is recommended you check-in 30-45 minutes before your time as guests will be allowed in early.

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Once checked in, guests receive their lanyard and are allowed into a special roped-off area of Launch Bay. Star Wars Launch Bay remains open during the party; however, only party guests can move back and forth between the roped-off area, exhibits, and character meets of the Launch Bay.

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How is the view for fireworks?

About 15 or so minutes before the fireworks start, Cast Members will begin escorting Dessert Party guests out to the reserved viewing area. As you enter the viewing area you will be handed your souvenir Chewbacca mug.

This is what the roped-off area looks like earlier in the day.

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While the other dessert parties don't offer a super advantageous viewing area, this one is in an ideal location to watch the show.

See? Perfect spot.

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Is the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party worth it?

It is for some people. Since there are no chairs to sit in while eating, this may not be a great option for families with smaller children. Also, part of the value of this event comes from the alcoholic cocktails, so if you have a large portion of your party that won't be consuming any alcohol you may not get as much bang for your buck.

But if you are a Star Wars fan (or even just a fireworks fan!) and you are looking for some good food, a couple cocktails and an amazing view for a nighttime show, then this is the best option of the 3 Disney World dessert parties and will likely be worth it for you.

Check the comparison chart below for more info (click the chart to view it larger).

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Have you tried the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party? Tell us how you liked it in the comments below.


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44 Comments on "Why the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is a WDW Prep fave"

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Are the Jawas still roaming around the dessert party?
That was the best part.

Are there any nearby places you recommend to have dinner before the desert party starts?
Thanks for all you do!

Excellent! So much useful information in the article above. Thanks so much for posting this.

Would there be enough time to make the 7pm Fantasmic showing and then to this at 830?

What about attempting to make the Jingle Bell jingle jam at 6pm? Is that too ambitious 🙂

In my opinion this event is not worth it. Most of the desserts are all right and over sweet. This is coming from someone who has a sweet tooth. On top of that the Chewbacca mug is cheap. In all, it’s great to have the area set aside for the fireworks show, but in my opinion they need better desserts especially for being Disney and also for the price that you will pay

They finally added dates thru Oct. 31, 2017, but they are also raising the price beginning Oct 1st. $79 per adult, $45 per child.

Thanks for the great review! Would you please tell me if it is it possible to get just a shot of alcohol with water/and or diet soda?

I’ve been low-carbing it, have lost 42 pounds, and while I can eat the cheese and a tiny bit of the fruit, I don’t want to load up on all the sugar in the drink mixers. I’d still like a drink. (We are really going for the fireworks show viewing location.)

I assume the fireworks dessert parties are only available on the nights the fireworks shows are scheduled, right? I know that sounds like a stupid questions but I have a horrible nightmare of shelling out hundreds and then being given a cookie and told there isn’t any show!

It was like watching tv. Clips from movies and more clips. Lazy work and really shouldn’t be accepted by the public so easily. There does not seem a standard anymore. Its telling that most of the movie clips are old movies too. Corporate disney is planning about 4 more corporate Star wars movies.

Do you know if this will be going on during the holidays? We’re going the week after Thanksgiving and would love to go to the Star Wars party but I know they’re also going to start the Jingle Bam show around that time too – are both shows ever done the same night?? Or do they rotate? Or is Star Wars not shown? Thanks!! 🙂

Confused and concerned. I understand that there are two MK dessert parties – one at Plaza Restaurant and the other at Tomorrowland Terrace. The Plaza option is more center of the castle than the TT. 1. Why is TT more expensive? 2. With the new show, my concern is that this new show, as opposed to the last show (wishes), involves more projections on the castle then fireworks in the sky. Therefore the importance of seeing the entire castle from top to bottom is more important now than with the last fireworks show. Agree? Since TT is off center right… Read more »

This blog was so perfect. We wanted to try a dessert party, but weren’t sure which one. We are all big Star Wars fans so this we were excited when we saw the offering for this. We just booked it! Thanks again for this helpful post.

If you don’t do the dessert party, what is the likelihood of getting decent seats to watch the show?

There aren’t seats for this show

Will my “tickets” be available on my Magic Band, Or do I get an actual paper ticket?

Any idea how guests with peanut allergies are accommodated? My daughter has a life threatening allergy and desserts are often off limits if not prepared in a special area.

So many different activities that I would love to try. I don’t think $69/adult is terrible, obviously, it could be cheaper. Do you think it’s worth it? $35 more and you can get another park ticket. I would splurge on this at least once if I could. Can’t wait to plan my next trip.

Can you use the Dining Plan for this event or it has to be paid separately?

Is this available in early May??? I have tried to add this to my plans but the app does not indicate show times past late April???

They just opened up the reservations today! 🙂

Does anyone know how long this show will run? We are visiting in June and it isn’t available on the calendar past April. Thanks.

I came here to ask the same question. We are also going in June and hoping to see this show, but unfortunately can’t find it (the party or the show in general) in any schedules for June.

I’m also trying to figure this out. Does anyone know?

How early before the show do they start checking in? Trying to understand how to plan dinner around this. Thanks!

When you make your reservation for this party, does Disney immediately charge your card OR do they wait until the day of the party to charge your card?

They immediately charge your card.

Would love to know if anyone has any input on the Star Wars Guided tour? Thinking we may do this instead of dessert party would live feed back. Thanks

We haven’t gone yet, but the guided tour includes the dessert party. We’ve been trying to book it for a couple weeks but our dates in June aren’t available yet.

We did the Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland Terrace Party in January 2016 and Hollywood Studios on January 2017. We LOVED Hollywood Studios!! The view was great, the atmosphere was awesome (Storm Troopers mingled with the guests) and the food was fantastic. We were really disappointed with just about every part of the Magic Kingdom party but definitely plan on doing Hollywood Studios every time.

We have dinner reservations at Sci-Fi drive in at 6:30 and fireworks are scheduled for 7:45 that day. Does the dessert party go after the fireworks show?

We have this booked in two weeks. (!!!) I am taking my almost two year old and my five year old nephew (along with a gaggle of adults. We planned to do Launch Bay around that time to keep the kids entertained. Do the Storm Troopers lead you to the viewing spot? My nephew is a HUGE Star Wars fan and I was really looking forward to this for him!

Do you have to have a park ticket to get in to the party?

Yes, you need park admission.

We were there last year right after the Stars Wars Fireworks started…one of my favorite shows! We can’t wait to see how they have stepped it up when we go this fall!

During the dessert party, can you meet Kylo Ren & Chewbacca? Is there a shorter line for party guests? Thanks! Can’t wait to attend. 🙂

Thanks, Shannon! Trying to figure out if we’re better meeting them another time, or saving it for that night. So many decisions. 🙂

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