Are you ready for breakfast in a galaxy far, far away?
Great! Then please join us in welcoming one of my good friends, guest author Daniel Staten (@danielstaten on Instagram) with a review of the STAR WARS Dine-In Galactic Breakfast, which has returned for a second run at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant this year through June 14th. While the other returning Star Wars character dining experience, the Jedi Mickey STAR WARS Dine at Hollywood and Vine, features Disney characters in full Star Wars regalia, the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast offers guests the chance to start the day with Star Wars characters from the films… and this one’s all about the Dark Side.
Take it it away, Daniel! And May the Force be with you!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is clearly undergoing some change. One thing that has been constant though, is a strong Star Wars presence in the park.
Earlier in May, I dined with my family at the Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast. There were plenty of photo ops, nostalgic clips, and the Force was strong with the food!
Booking the Advance Dining Reservation for the breakfast turned out to be a fluke. I wasn’t looking for it specifically, but when a single 9:30 AM reservation appeared on the My Disney Experience website, I jumped at the chance!
The Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast is a lot like other signature character dining experiences in that it’s all-inclusive. For the price – we paid $49.99 – you get a breakfast “appetizer,” non-alcoholic drinks, an entree and a few selected extras.
More on those later.
On the morning of our breakfast, we arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the crowds were pretty light. We made our way back towards Star Tours and noticed the huge line for people to sign-up for the Jedi Training Academy! Standing in that line looks like it would take a lot of dedication, but to the young Jedis, it’s well worth it.
The Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast is hosted at the Sci-Fi Dine-In near the back of the park. Once we arrived, we checked in and had a seat to wait for our table to be ready. The restaurant was running about 15 minutes behind and I attribute that to people taking their time with the characters and soaking up the atmosphere! There was so much to see and people generally just enjoying their interactions. I don’t blame them and didn’t mind the additional wait.
Once our table was ready, the Cast Member announced that “The Staten Family is now joining the Empire,” and we were placed in a line to meet Darth Vader and Boba Fett. I tried to look as scared as I could and it didn’t take much! Darth Vader is super intimidating in person!
Character dining can be awkward for adults sometimes. All of that awkwardness went away almost immediately once we
sat down as Storm Troopers approached us and quite aggressively requested that we stand and pose for a photo. As we walked to our table, the Cast Member handed us our very own Lightsabers, which we wielded towards the Storm Troopers. They jumped back, which was quite hilarious.
After a few character photos, it was time for the food!
We were presented a plate of Star Wars themed pastries to begin with. My favorite was the Darth Vader cream-filled danish. It was flaky, light and had a vanilla flavor throughout. The sugar-coated Lightsabers were delicious as well. There were red and blue Lightsabers to choose from, representing the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance.
For our next course, we chose from a yogurt parfait or a fruit cup. We ordered one of each so we could sample everything. The Yoda melon was a cool surprise. I preferred the parfait; the fruit cup was typical. Loaded with melon, light on everything else.
I desperately wanted to try the Blue Milk, but I went with coffee instead. Our waitress said that the Blue Milk had a raspberry flavor, which I’m not too fond of. Additionally, there was an adults-only Blue Milk available which featured Blue Curaçao, Cruzan Mango Rum, orange juice and milk for $11.25.
I love cocktails, but the thought of stomaching orange juice and milk together, in the same drink, in the Florida sun afterwards made me a little skeptical.
I researched the menu prior to our arrival and had narrowed down my choices to a few items. I ended up selecting The Kessel Run, which was a grilled beef tenderloin on an oven-roasted tomato, with bacon and cheddar custard, baby spinach and creamy horseradish potatoes. Does that sound too rich for breakfast? Yes. But it was delicious.
The creamy horseradish potatoes were a highlight for everyone at the table. The tomato was also gigantic and the entire dish was very satisfying if not a departure from your typical breakfast.
My sister decided on the Darth Vader waffle. Similar to the classic Mickey waffles you can find across property, this waffle had a nice consistency to it. It was served on top of bananas and caramel and had a nice fruit assortment on the side.
Once we dug in, every character that stopped by noticed we had taken a bite off of Darth’s mask. It was funny to watch their reactions.
Our breakfast lasted longer than I anticipated, almost two hours! We left just in time for our Star Tours FastPass.
Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast was a great experience. I was a big fan of the extended character interactions, the variety in the menu and the extras, like the Photopass card and Lightsaber. I’m looking forward to the new Star Wars movie this winter and to more experiences like this to come soon to Disney Parks.
Would you like to start your day with the Dark Side? Please let us know with a comment!