When Disney announced the special character dining experiences for the months of May and June, I couldn't wait to make reservations. Our family chose to do the Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre. Sci-Fi is one of the restaurants that never gets old for us and the chance to meet Boba Fett and Darth Vader without waiting several hours was definitely a pro for this character dining experience. Other characters included in the breakfast meet and greet are Stormtroopers, Jawas, and Greedo.
First, not only do you get quite a bit of food for the money, you get great interaction with the characters. Darth Vader and Boba Fett don't wander around the cars, but you have plenty of opportunities to interact with them as you walk in. Photopass photographers will also be there and they will give you a limited edition Star Wars Weekends Photopass card. It's the perfect size for pocket scrapbooking.
We were among the last group to be seated and served, but they weren't rushing any of the parties in the entry way or in the dining room. Darth Vader and Boba Fett are usually characters you wait several hours for at Star Wars Weekends, so take your time and enjoy the characters. Darth Vader was so good! These two don't sign autographs at this meet and greet unfortunately.
Greedo, the Stormtroopers, and Jawas wander around the dining room. Make sure you bring things to trade with the Jawas. Paperclips, bobby pins, and other little shiny trinkets are all they're interested in. Watch out, they'll try to take your phones and cameras too. You meet the two Stormtroopers together as well as the two Jawas wandering around the dining room.
Next, to get the best pictures, play around with the night settings on your camera. There is plenty of light in the area where you meet Boba Fett and Darth Vader, but the dining room is fairly dark. The group I was with had an iPhone 5s and a Galaxy 4. Both took decent pictures and sometimes better than my point and shoot, which is a Canon Powershot SX280. Here's an example of my iPhone out doing my point and shoot:
Per usual, in low light situations, my auto setting just didn't cut it. I've been practicing with fireworks and other dark rides, trying to figure out how to use my camera. The “Program” mode, without flash, being really still gave me better pictures. Many times the flash would completely wash out my pictures, like this one:
Also, we found that if we stood closer to the subject and faced the rear of the restaurant, our pictures with the characters turned out better. The large theatre screen (which was playing clips from all six Star Wars movies, as well as the Star Wars animated Christmas special from the 1978) flooded the light sensor of all our cameras, making it difficult for any camera to focus, including our phones. If a camera did focus, often times the subjects were fairly dark or fuzzy, like the bottom picture here.
Despite the low light situations in the dining room, this breakfast was well worth it and we still took home some amazing memories. I highly recommend this character dining experience to anyone who is visiting through June 15th. This breakfast is scheduled every day, not just on the weekends! Take advantage of this unique meal to meet some rare and hard to meet characters.
Meghan is enjoying her first annual pass adventures and sharing memories with #yearofmanytrips on Instagram. She also has a lifestyle blog, Hayes Days.