I had the pleasure of enjoying the first service of the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dinner at the Hollywood and Vine on May the 4th. This is a special character dining event available at Hollywood Studios from 5/4/15 – 6/14/15 (the end of Star Wars weekends) from 4:15 pm – 8 pm.
Let me start by saying, I attended the first event on May the 4th last year and it has much improved. Last year, I waited over 2 hours for my reservation, was rushed through photos and they had grossly overbooked the venue. I went to a second service later in the season and still found many of those issues.
This year is a great improvement! I was seated approximately ten minutes past my reservation time and went to the queue to wait for my pictures with Jedi Mickey. The wait was less than 10 minutes and they were very good about allowing me to get the photos that I wanted. I received a special Star Wars photopass card and an autograph card from all the characters. Those who went last year, will recall it was Chip and Dale at the initial photo offering.
Once inside, my server explained the offerings of the buffet and I was provided with a two sided placement (blue and red) so that I could choose to join the Force or the Dark side for the evening. The placements roll up to form light sabers and provide some table entertainment. I was allowed to take several of these home as souvenirs.
The buffet had some wonderful offerings, which included chicken and corn chowder, a prosciutto and cantaloupe salad, tomatoes with mozzarella and balsamic reduction, make your own pasta station, meat carving station, lobster macaroni and cheese and many Asian inspired dishes. They also had the lower to the ground children’s favorites offerings like chicken nuggets, tater tots and macaroni and cheese. The food was flavorful and well stocked. Best of all, the traffic flow of the buffet was extremely well managed.
What I enjoyed most was reading the signs above the dishes as their names had been changed to reflect characters, locations and events in the Star Wars movies.
Desserts were small works of art themselves! They had chocolate covered strawberries, beautiful themed cupcakes, tarts, cakes and my personal favorite – wookie cookies!!!!! I also highly recommend each of the cupcakes – Darth Vader, Yoda and Jabba!!!
The servers and character handlers did an excellent job of letting us know the ETA for our visitors and the character interactions were amazing. Ewoks Chip and Dale arrive separately and were playful and sassy.
Princess Leia Minnie Mouse was her fashionably beautiful self.
Donald was taking his storm trooper role very seriously!
Darth Goofy was just loveable!!
They had Creature Cantina music playing in the background, which added to the overall delightful atmosphere!
$57.99 per adult, $34.99 per child
Ist show of Fantasmic package adult $63.99, child $38.99
Two Dining Plan Entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan
This was such a fun event! I loved seeing my favorite Disney characters rocking their Star Wars side. Great food, great servers, great interactions! I cannot wait to go back!! Wishing you all a truly magnificent Star Wars weekends this year and May the Force Be With You!!!!!
Mary Morales is a Travel Specialist with Mad Hatter Adventures and the official Travel Specialist of Disneyways. She can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MaryMoralesDisneyTravel. She is an avid Disney Traveler and spends at least 4 months a year on property. A Disney Foodie, Mary runs the Disney Food Fans group on Facebook. Specializing in special needs and special diets travel, but plans for all, Mary enjoys making magic for everyone!!! You can follow her on Instagram (@tinksthinks123) or Twitter (@tinksthinks123) to see her many Disney adventures.
Awesome review Mary!! Makes me wish I could get there earlier this year. Maybe next time!!