Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios has added two Star Wars dining experiences to its Star Wars Weekends lineup and, though Star Wars Weekends hasn’t officially started, the dining experiences began yesterday. Offered daily May 4, 2014, through June 15, 2014, the meals include the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine Dinner at Hollywood & Vine. As with all Disney Dining Experiences, there are some things you need to know to make your meal go as smoothly as possible.
STAR WARS DINE-IN GALACTIC BREAKFAST at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
The Dine-In Galactic Breakfast is served at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater every morning through June 15, 2014, from 8 a.m. to noon. The price ($47.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids ages 3-9) gets you pastries, and appetizer, an entree, a breakfast dessert (not listed on the menu), and a non-alcoholic beverage. No discounts are accepted, and the meal will take two adult table service credits per person from your Disney Dining Plan Account. Though it’s rare for a child’s meal to pull adult credits, we did confirm this with booking and the restaurant, so be sure to ask what you’re going to be “charged” if you’re on the dining plan.
What do you need to know about breakfast? First, the menu is fairly limited and a little odd. The full menu is here. Reports from yesterday’s service were that it was a little slow, and some of the food wasn’t the best, but it’s a new offering for this restaurant, so it’s likely that those kinks will work out. Second, the restaurant itself is themed as a drive-in theater, so the environment is pretty dark. While you have an immediate photo op with Darth Vader and Boba Fett (with PhotoPass and a special backdrop) as you enter the restaurant, your pictures with the Jawas, Greedo, and Storm Troopers inside the dining room may not come out so great, even with a flash. If character meet and greets are a big reason for booking for your family, be sure to take this into account. You do get a special PhotoPass card with your entrance photos on it.
The Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast can only be booked by calling (407) WDW-DINE. You’ll check in at the Sci-Fi Dine-In theater and may have to wait a while outside before being called in, as the photo prior to breakfast tends to slow the process down a bit.
JEDI MICKEY’S STAR WARS DINE at Hollywood & Vine
Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine is served at Hollywood & Vine daily through June 15, 2014, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and scheduled to close depending on park hours. The price ($55.99 for adults and $32.99 for kids ages 3-9) includes the dinner buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage. No discounts are accepted, and the meal will take two adult table service credits per person from your Disney Dining Plan Account. Again, though it’s rare for a child’s meal to pull adult credits, we did confirm this with booking and the restaurant, so be sure to ask what you’re going to be “charged” if you’re on the dining plan. You may also opt to book the Fantasmic Dinner Package (reserved seating at Fantasmic! after dinner) with this meal for $59.99 for adults and $36.99 for kids ages 3-9. This dining experience can only be booked by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
What do you need to know about dinner? First, you’ll need to check in at the podiums set up in front of the restaurant prior to your reservation time.Walk ups MAY be taken, but only if there are cancellations. Check with cast members around 4:15 for availability and remember: you must have your entire party with you to be seated. You may be required to wait a little while on the porch, as the photo op with Ewok Chip and Dale as you enter slows things down a bit. Once you’re called you’ll enter a line for the photo, after which you’ll be seated.
Second, the buffet is massive. It feels like Hollywood & Vine has really stepped it up recently with its offerings, and this buffet is no exception. Find a list of most, if not all, of the items offered here. Everything we tried was great – not over-the-top amazing, but a solid meal with kid-friendly and vegetarian offerings as well as customizable salad and pasta dishes. The desserts were not only tasty but fun to look at, as well.
Third, characters at this venue are all Disney characters in Star Wars regalia including Ewok Chip and Dale (who do not circulate in the dining room), Storm Trooper Donald, Goofy Vader, Jedi Mickey, and Leia Minnie. The characters do sign autographs. We arrived right at 4:15 and were seated around 4:45. Reservations hadn’t really started to bump yet, and we got great character interactions with multiple pictures.
Based on first-day feedback and experiences, the Hollywood & Vine dining experience is more little-kid-friendly than the Sci-Fi Dine-In meal. If you’ve been trying to decide between the two, give dinner a solid check in the “great dining experience box.”