This post is titled “Guide to Star Wars Galactic Nights at the Walt Disney World Resort” but it should be titled “Guide to Star Wars Galactic Nights but Mostly the Food” because I think we spent 75% of our time at the party stuffing our faces.
How could we help ourselves with crazy dishes like ”Dueling Gazpacho” and “Plantmeat on Rootcrush”?
If you’re not familiar with what Galactic Nights is all about, it’s a hard ticket Star Wars themed event held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after park hours. Event activities don’t start until 7 PM but we entered the park at 5 PM (you can do that with your special event ticket) to map out our plan of attack for the evening. The party ran until midnight.
Guests are encouraged to dress up for the event. We followed these rebel pilots into the park from the parking lot. I bet they didn’t have a hard time finding where they parked their X-Wing at the end of the night.
Select attractions are open throughout the evening with minimal wait times and some of them have special overlays. Our first ride of the evening was on “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” because…Star Wars.
We then headed off down Sunset Boulevard as day turned into night to witness “Star Wars: Galactic Destinations”, a state of the art projection show on the Hollywood Tower Hotel featuring scenes from “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
After the show we had to ‘drop in’ to the Tower of Terror lobby and inspect the service elevator.
By far my favorite activity of the evening was taking a spin on “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: Star Wars Edition” where the Aerosmith soundtrack is replaced with a Star Wars soundtrack sending you on a journey through hyperspace!
OK, now it’s time to talk about my favorite part. The food!
Walt Disney World chefs work tirelessly to create inventive dishes specifically themed to Star Wars and only available for this one night event. This year there were over twenty specialty items and we ended up trying six of them. As someone who eats only plants, I was delighted to discover that almost all of these dishes were accidentally vegan.
Here they are in no particular order.
Representing the vibrant capital city of the galaxy, Coruscant, this Tofu and Rice Noodle dish features a medley of pan-seared tofu, fried leeks, red onion, edamame and rice noodles.
This dish was available inside The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge so of course my Disney nerd self had to go checkout the elevator entrance to the new Club 33 location coming to the park.
We also enjoyed a Skywalker Vineyards Wine Flight which featured a trio of Rose Pinot Noir, Sommita Chardonnay & Sommita Pinot Noir.
The Vegan Blue Milk Curry made a return to the party again this year and I scored this portion inside of BaseLine Taphouse. The peaceful, herbivorous Bantha inspired this slightly sweet and spicy plant based offering, which consists of coconuts, plantains, sweet potatoes, and blue coconut milk.
We also tried the Dueling Gazpacho here. This represents a standoff between spicy red pepper and cool cucumber melon. The dish was inspired by the famous light saber duel between Sith Lord Darth Maul and Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.
The green gazpacho came with shrimp skewers, but the chef replaced the shrimp with pita bread for me to make it completely vegan.
The other half of the offerings we tasted were purchased at Fairfax Fare on Sunset Boulevard.
This is the Soba Noodle Salad with Chili Glazed Deviled Egg, modified vegan without the egg. A complement to the Ewoks and their habitat on the forest moon of Endor, this dish consists of chili-soy soba noodles served with cucumbers, carrots and micro greens.
The runaway hit of the evening, and a dish we shared three servings of, was Plantmeat on Rootcrush. This ration of vegetarian meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables and mushroom gravy is inspired by Unkar Plutt’s concession stand on Jakku.
The meatloaf was made from The Impossible Burger and had a perfect sear on both sides.
The only dud of the evening happened to be a drink, Green Milk. A nod to the green colored milk, produced by female Thalia-sirens, Luke Skywalker drank in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on the planet Ahch-To.
It was a non dairy mix of soy milk, coconut milk, passion fruit and mint served over ice and it was a bit too weird for my liking.
And of course we mustn’t forget about all of the Star Wars characters who were out and about and available for photographs with guests as well as the specialty photo backdrops including this Rancor from Tatooine…
…and this Luggabeast from Jakku.
2018 Star Wars Galactic Nights tickets were priced at $129 per adult and were worth every penny for the seven hours that we spent in the park along with all of the specialty food, merchandise and experiences. I’ve attended Star Wars Galactic Nights in the month of December as well, so let’s hope that they host another party then. For more information about future events, keep your eyes on the Walt Disney World website.
Special thanks to the PR Team at Walt Disney World for hosting us at this hard ticket event for the purpose of this review. As always, all opinions are my own.