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Where to Eat: Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater for Star Wars Weekends

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Published: May 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

It's that time of year again! The time when fans across the globe gather in one area to pay homage to one of the greatest franchises ever created: Star Wars. The Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios began this past weekend. My family and I were there for the opening all the way until closing. It was a 14-hour day that was completely and utterly all things Star Wars. I had attended my first weekend last year without my sons. This year we brought them along. It is a completely different experience with them. They are huge fans and to see their continuous excitement was well worth the long day.

Star Wars at the Sci-Fi

Our morning began with breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater. For the momentous occasion that is Star Wars Weekends, this establishment is opened for breakfast with an added treat...characters! The characters are Darth Vader (the coolest of the cool), Boba Fett (Chuck and the boys think he is ultra cool, though I don't see it), Storm Troopers (definite favorites), Greedo (wasn't fast enough), and Jawas (I didn't understand their connection with the baddies of the galaxy, but needless to say, they are here). When you enter in the lobby, you have the chance to have your picture taken with Darth Vader and Boba Fett. These two interacted so well with my boys. They acted as they would if we were in the movie. A Disney photographer takes your photo, gives you a special Star Wars photopass card, and you are then led to your vehicle. This is the only opportunity to encounter the Dark Lord of the Sith and the infamous bounty hunter. They do not walk around the theater like the other characters. Once inside the theater, one is immersed immediately in Star Wars heaven. Clips of the movies, trailers, advertisements for bounty hunters and joining the Galactic Empire, warnings of Jawas stealing blue milk, sing-alongs with a bouncing Death Star, and even snippets of the 1978 Christmas Special that showed Boba Fett for the first time.

There's nothing for me here now

The characters do give autographs here and the waiters give celebration buttons to the children. These buttons are for trading with the Jawas. They love shiny objects and have a bag of items such as stickers, necklaces, small plastic animals, etc. The Jawas approach the tables with small flashlights to see if one has anything shiny or any blue milk. My boys were ready with their buttons to make a trade. Sam received a Mardi Gras necklace (who knew the Jawas frequented New Orleans?) and Luke traded his button for a whale. The Jawas are great interacting with the children.

Trading with the Jawas

All the characters here were true to the personas depicted in the movies. It was just a fun atmosphere that was even more so by the fact that we did not have to stand in line to meet these guys. Air conditioning, food, movie screen, and just relaxing back in our cars make for a perfect beginning to Star Wars Weekends.

The menu
The special breakfast menu for Star Wars Weekends at the Sci-Fi

Though we thoroughly enjoy visiting characters and places in a galaxy far, far away; we are not that adventuresome when it comes to dining early in the morning. We all stuck to the basics. Chuck and I had the Tatooine Sunrise and the boys had the Kenobi Cuisine. Both of these consist of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and breakfast potatoes.

Tatooine Sunrise

Sam and I both ordered blue milk. How could I not have blue milk when I order a breakfast with the word Tatooine in it? It had a bit of a fruity flavor to it. While we waited on our breakfast, we were brought some appetizers. Our first was a plate of pastries.

Pastries

These were absolutely delicious. The vanilla cream turnovers were my favorite. Sam loved the double chocolate muffins. These not only had chocolate chips inside, but also contained a dollop of chocolate fudge frosting on top. Chuck's favorite were the almond pastries. We each also ordered fresh fruit, which came with a Yoda melon piece. The fruit was chilled with pieces of melon, cantaloupe, raspberries, and such.

Fruity Yoda

Our breakfast platters arrived and we found everything quite satisfactory. The eggs were fluffy, the bacon crisp, sausage tasty, and the potatoes were well seasoned with just a hint of heat. Overall, this is an experience worth partaking during Star Wars Weekends. I hope to see this repeated for future weekends and (dare I hope) on a regular basis.

Readers' Opinions

From James Koehl on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 AM
I'm sitting here reading this while eating my bowl of yogurt and Fiber One cereal. I just about dumped the whole thing in the trash out of envy of you! Great article (as always).
From Tim Hillman on May 20, 2014 at 4:29 AM
I agree with James, great news article, Amanda!

Just one question - Were the prices at the bottom of the menu ($48 - adults; $30 - kids) for any of the entrees on the menu or were they for something special that was out of the picture?

From Eric Malone on May 20, 2014 at 4:44 AM
And let's not forget that the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater is amazing even without Star Wars being there. ;)
From Melanie Howe on May 20, 2014 at 5:49 AM
Thanks for the report, Amanda. Looks like a great experience! I love the Yoda melon :-).

But my eyes almost bugged out of my head when I saw the prices on the menu. Seriously???? I'm not one to go cheap on a theme park trip, but that.....good grief!!

From Amanda Jenkins on May 20, 2014 at 7:57 AM
Those are the prices per adult and child regardless of what you order.
From Tim Hillman on May 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Ow! That's a little pricey for me.

But then again, my idea of a "character breakfast" is getting the All Star breakfast at the nearest Waffle House and watching the regulars. The Jawas and Jabba the Hutt would fit right in! ;^)

From N B on May 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Tim, I was thinking the exact same thing... we take a 5 minute drive to the Waffle House on Kirkman at least 2-3 times on our USF stay. Not because we are cheap, we just love their food.

Breakfast for 4 is usually under $30 total, so it isn't a bad thing....

All of the food at every breakfast buffet everywhere in Orlando is supplied by the same company. $18-20 per person for that awful junk is a rip off.

From Anon Mouse on May 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM
Is the Dining Plan covered? This venue sure can use some characters. The movie itself hasn't changed for years, but it did change for Star Wars and that's a good thing.
From Amanda Jenkins on May 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM
Yes, the dining plan covers this. Tables in Wonderland though is not accepted for this event.
From Anon Mouse on May 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM
The dining plan makes eating there a no brainer.

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