Looking for something to quench your thirst – with a little kick – during your Star Wars Weekends adventure at Hollywood Studios?
If so, then there’s something you have to do first: you must Choose Your Side.
Two specialty beverages are available during Star Wars Weekends: The Dark Side and The Force. You can find them at temporary mini bars throughout Hollywood Studios, such as this one near Mama Melrose’s…
… or this one near Sci-Fi Dine-In.
We’ll be looking at the two signature drinks served at each of these bars, but they also carry a small assortment of other beverages available for purchase.
The Dark Side, as you can see on the sign, is a mix of Coconut Rum, Cointreau, and Pomegranate Lemonade. As nice as that sounds, let’s face it — it’s all about the souvenir that comes with it: a Death Star glow cube!
Like the regular glow ice cubes at Disney, the glow Death Star has an on-off switch to preserve it for future use, and can be set to stay at one color or set to rotate through several changing colors.
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.
I especially enjoy Disney glow drinks when you can place the glow cube under the ice so the entire thing is all lit up. Here is my attempt to stuff the Death Star underneath the ice with my straw.
It popped back up less than a second later. I tried to submerge the Death Star several times. But the Death Star would not be submerged. True story.
Awesome Death Star notwithstanding, you still want to be sure you’ll enjoy the drink, so here’s what’s good to know: I was able to pick up on each flavor in the drink, from the Coconut Rum to the Cointreau and the lemonade. It was nice that no flavor overpowered the other, and I thought mine was mixed well. For a drink representing the Dark Side, it was actually quite beachy, thanks to the rum. And who doesn’t love a good beach drink served up with a splash of Imperial darkness?
Your other choice is, naturally, The Force. This beverage consists of Grey Goose Vodka, Chambord, and Wildberry Lemonade. The souvenir piece is a glowing Light Saber.
While the Light Saber doesn’t change colors, it is totally cool. The green is vivid enough to shine in the daytime, and it can also be saved for future use by twisting the top to turn it off and on.
This drink is quite smooth, and mine packed more of a punch than the Dark Side drink (score one for the Jedi Order!). I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the wildberry flavor as well. I’m not typically one for berry flavors (preferring citrus), but here everything just came together really well. This beverage is sweet, for sure, but less so than the Dark Side beverage.
Once again, the signs makes the command to Choose Your Side… and this time, I’m going with The Force.
By the way, If you have a little one along who can’t stand the fact that you have a mini Light Saber and they don’t, there are non-alcoholic versions of these drinks available upon request. Or you could pay a visit to Writer’s Stop to see if you can nab one of these cool Light Saber Pretzels!
Many thanks to @borhyas78 for this shot!
Would you go with The Force or The Dark Side? Please let us know with a comment!