Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine
Location: Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Specialty: Star Wars Character Photo Ops
Cost: Pricey but very filling ($55.99 per adult and $32.99 children)
Craig’s Favorite: Princess Leia Minnie
Character meals are generally about the photo ops with the food coming in a distant second. Not that the food isn’t good, but for the amount of money it usually costs, the benefit usually comes from character photo ops. But I have to admit I really enjoyed the food at Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine. The variety of tasty morsels was enough for anyone’s appetite and the cute and clever Star Wars names were funny. Overall, it was a great experience, especially for the Star Wars fans in your house.
You start the meal with a photo op with Chip and Dale as Ewoks. The guys are quite funny. From there you are led to your table where you are free at any time to go up and get your food. You are given a place mat where one side is blue and the other is red. Suspiciously it looks like the handle of a lightsaber…because it is! Randomly during dinner a voice comes over the speaker system and asks you to choose red or blue (avoiding calling it the Dark Side or Light Side). Red to support Goofy and Donald and blue to support Mickey and Minnie. You roll up your placemat and wave them in the air in support of your team. Lightsaber fights are bound to break out at some of the tables.
While you are eating, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, and Stormtrooper Donald all come by your table. Each one is funny, kind, gracious, and more than willing to spend time with you and/or your kids. Pictures abound and each table is given more than ample opportunity to talk to the characters. The cast members in charge of the characters make sure that each one comes by your table and sometimes they come by twice. The variety of food was terrific. Well-balanced with a great variety and with funny Star Wars names for each one. There was Salacious Crumb’s Crusted Pork, Luke’s Chipotle Citrus Barbeque Chicken Thighwalkers, Qui-Gonn’s Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf, Spice Mines and Kessel Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and the Jedi Council Carving Station among others. The dessert station was equally varied with one side being Light Side treats and the other being Dark Side treats. Yoda, Chewie and C3PO sugar cookies were available as well as R2D2 no sugar added cheesecake (really good). Chocolate dipped marshmallows, chocolate covered strawberries, key lime tarts, and red velvet cake added to the selection. Overall, the food was very good and worthy of the price by itself. The addition of the character photo ops made it even more worthwhile. The time it saves from having to wait in line for these characters is worth probably at least two or three rides. And for the Star Wars fans among you it is a treat! Make reservations early if you plan to attend. The nice thing about this dining experience as well as the Star Wars Galactic Breakfast is that you can go to them all week long instead of just during the weekend!
- For more on the Star Wars Galactic Breakfast read more about it on my blog!