Welcome to the fifth post in the Imagineering Awesome series on Mouse on the Mind! You can access all of the posts by clicking on the link at right.
Today’s post comes to us from Becky of Disney In Your Day, who took last year’s genius idea and reimagined it with a Star Wars twist … and I quite like it. Let me know when we can book ADRs …
A restaurant worked really well last year, when I wrote about Tiana’s Palace, so I figured why not do another one this time around? I’d been tossing around a lot of ideas in my head, but after watching Star Wars: A New Hope with my brother this past weekend, I decided to go with the obvious: The Mos Eisley Cantina.
It would absolutely be located in Hollywood Studios. Rumors have been flying that there will be an expanded Star Wars Land there now that Disney owns Lucas Films, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this restaurant actually happen someday! But aside from the fact that Star Tours is already there, Hollywood Studios would be the perfect place for this restaurant regardless. I feel like Hollywood Studios lacks good restaurants, and it needs something to liven it up.
The inside should be big, but filled with lots of tables and chairs to give it that feeling of being a pub or bar. And there would be a bar for drinks and quick bites in the center of the room, with tables all around for those looking for an actual meal. I would like to see meals done similar to how they are in Be Our Guest — a counter service option for lunch, and a sit down meal for dinner. They could bring in the ordering screens for lunch as well, because the high-tech touch screens would go well with this theme.
The walls would be decorated with Star Wars movie shots or artwork, because there are so many great pieces out there. Nothing too commercial looking, but more of what you might expect to actually see within the Star Wars universe, to keep it more authentic.
And we can’t forget entertainment! For whatever reason, the Mos Eisley Cantina has a pretty happening jazz band of aliens going on, playing that infamous Cantina tune. I would love to see that band in the restaurant too, but I would have it done with animatronics, similar to the way that Sonny Eclipse “plays” at Cosmic Ray’s. The Cantina Band would of course play their classic song, but hearing that over and over would get a bit annoying, so there would also be a variety of other jazz tunes similar in style.
Because the Mos Eisley Cantina is, well, a bit seedy and not exactly a fancy place, I would expect to see pub style food there. The food the aliens are actually eating there is probably a bit too unusual or disgusting for the average Disney visitor, but the dishes could still have fun Star Wars names! The entrée menu would feature a Womp Rat Stew, Tatooine Flatbread, Stormtrooper Seafood Salad, a Wookie Burger, Bantha Steak and more.
But of course, the real fun of the Cantina would be the drinks! You could have lots of colorful and exotic drinks straight from the Star Wars universe. According to the Wookiepedia (a great resource on everything Star Wars!) some drinks found on Tatooine include the Bantha Blaster (pink and green drink sparkling alcoholic drink that fizzed and popped), Blue Milk (or a milkshake would be quite tasty!), Jawa Beer, Pallie Wine, and Ruby Bliel (described as a “gooey, tasty drink”). Of course, there would be a number of other featured drinks in a variety of fun colors but these are just a sampling. I think the Bantha Blaster, with its great colors and its fizziness, would be the featured drink! It could even be served in a souvenir cup.
I’ve also gone back and forth about making this a character meal. It would be awesome to meet some of the Star Wars characters, but to really make it feel like you are in the Star Wars universe it wouldn’t be the Jedi Mickey or Leia Minnie that you see at Star Wars Weekends. But I also feel like the Cantina would be a more relaxed, informal place – and characters would inevitably drive up the cost of eating there. So perhaps a compromise would be good, like having one meal of the day being a character meal and the rest without characters.
I’m excited to see what Disney actually does now that they have Star Wars – and would love to see them bring the Mos Eisley Cantina to life!
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