Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Partyby Donald and Bonnie Fink, contributing writer
We've made it a point to try some of Walt Disney World's dessert parties and we've yet to be disappointed. Recently we attended a dessert party at Disney's Hollywood Studios to sample some unique desserts and of course to guarantee a good viewing of the fireworks display, Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.
The theme of the dessert party is of course Star Wars, so it came as no surprise that most of the desserts had Star Wars inspired names, shapes, and colors. After sampling most of the desserts, we think that from a culinary point of view, this dessert party outdoes the others we've attended. The theming was fun and in some cases really unique and the desserts were quite good.
Of course, the point of being there was to view the fireworks, and this show easily rivals Disney's New Years and Christmas displays. While anyone in the park can view the fireworks display, being at the dessert party guarantees a good viewing.
The bowl on the left is filled with Nutella truffles, which are immersed in the liquid nitrogen contained in the bowl on the right to make a pretty good frozen dessert in an instant. Photo by Bonnie Fink.
Bantha Milk, also known as Blue Milk, is rich blue-colored milk produced by Banthas. It was used as a drink but also as a butter, ice cream, and yogurt. It was found mostly in the Outer Rim planets of the galaxy. Here it's presented as a tasty custard. Photo by Bonnie Fink.
On Jakku, a quarter ration biscuit is the normal daily food. This smoked, salted treat is available here on Earth too, at the Star Wars Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. Photo by Bonnie Fink.
Of course, the reason for being at the dessert Party is the Star Wars, Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks display. This show is among the best we've seen at Disney Parks. It even rivals the Magic Kingdom shows at Christmas and New Years. Photo by Bonnie Fink.
Keep in mind that this video may be fun to watch but it doesn't come close to seeing the spectacular in person. If you have an opportunity, go to Hollywood Studios and see this exceptional fireworks display. Video by Donald Fink.
This dessert party, like the one at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, is temporary in nature. It seems to be running only until March 19, 2016. But there are at least two more parties that are more or less permanent.
One is the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom which is held at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant in the lower terrace closest to the castle. It has the advantage of being mostly under cover while still offering a great view of the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle.
Another mostly permanent dessert party is Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party at Epcot. This one is held at World Showcase Plaza. It gives participants a great view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks display. This is certainly one to consider because much of the show during Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is at ground (water) level and having a good view is important for this very popular display.
While Star Wars, Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is ending soon, it should be on your list if it comes back. With desserts that are a tribute to the Star Wars culture and a great view of one of the best fireworks displays ever done by Disney, it's hard to believe that this opportunity won't appear again, from time to time.
Reservations for the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party may be booked online. Tickets are $69 for adults and $39 for children (ages 3 to 9). Admission to Disney's Hollywood Studiosbis not included.