Hollywood Studios is known more for the attractions than it is for the food, granted there are a few hidden gems. With the new Toy Story Land having opened in the summer of 2018 and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuting in the summer of 2019, the need for food reservations are at the park’s peak.
8 Best Places to Eat at in Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is home to only six sit down restaurants, clearly outnumbered by the eleven quick service spots and thirty-plus food stands and carts. So while the cuisine doesn’t exactly match that of EPCOT or Disney restaurants located outside the parks, there are some must try experiences that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
Sci-Fi Dine-in Theatre – Best Atmosphere
The Sci-Fi Dine in is open for both lunch and dinner and accepts a Disney Dining Plan, however, most experienced users suggest paying out of pocket when eating here as it’s not a good value for the plan. In past years the dine-in was getting a bad rep for having very average food at a high price tag, but in recent years with a menu change, it offers more than just a great atmosphere. Not everything on the menu is to die for, but the burgers, fries and shakes are excellent options. Skip any food on the menu that you wouldn’t find at a traditional drive-in and you’re good to go.
The Drive-in burger topped with BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar, onion rings, and crispy jalapenos is a staple at $21. For the meat lovers out there, the Sci-Fi BBQ platter is another winner at $27. As for dessert, the house made candy bars and shakes are classic choices. The house made candy bar is a combination of cookies and cream mousse, chocolate ganache and chocolate sauce. Note that there’s a long list of alcoholic beverages to choose from.
50’s Prime Time Cafe – Best Interactive Experience
Another 1950’s themed restaurant, you better bring your sense of humor if planning on dining at 50’s Prime Time. The restaurant is set in an old time home with classic sitcoms on the screens and other blasts from the past around every corner. It’s not only the atmosphere that’s unique, but the role the waiters play as well. Not only is everyone in your party a part of your family, but your waiter is going to hound you for not finishing your meal or using poor table manners. You’ve definitely got to be comfortable with being the butt of a joke, but it truly is all in good fun.
The cuisine is classic American comfort food, and while it’s good, you’re definitely paying for the experience. Entree options include pork chop, pot roast, chicken pot pie, meatloaf… you know, every homemade meal you know and love. Entree price ranges are in the mid to high $20’s, which is comparable to what you’d find at other sit-down spots in the park. 50’s Prime Time also offers a great selection of cocktails under the label “From Dad’s Liquor Cabinet”, as well as an extensive wine list and craft beers.
The Hollywood Brown Derby – Best Food
The Hollywood Brown Derby is arguably the most upscale restaurant in Hollywood Studios. Lined with wood panelling and caricatures of stars, the Brown Derby is a good spot for lunch, dinner, or just drinks. Dining here accounts for 2 Disney Dining Plan table service credits, coming with the largest price tag when it comes to sit down restaurants in Hollywood Studios.
Specialty entrees include the cioppino ($46) (seared scallops, lobster, fish of the day, blistered tomatoes, fennel, croutons and cioppino broth), as well as the char-grilled filet beef ($49) paired with saffron potato mash, vegetables and peppercorn reduction. Picky eaters might have a hard time finding what something they’ll like because even the burger is grilled wagyu beef and the chicken is topped with maple-glaze and bacon… yum.
For such an upscale restaurant, the kids options are pretty basic. Their choices range from grilled cheese and hotdogs to vegetarian pho and seasonal fish. The Brown Derby is also armed with a full bar and signature wine list. If you’re looking for snacks and drinks, the Brown Derby Lounge is the place to be.
Hollywood & Vine – Best Buffet
Hollywood & Vine is located on the Echo Lake side of Hollywood Studios and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While this buffet-style restaurant is a character dining experience around the clock, the characters rotate on a schedule and aren’t consistent throughout the day.
For the most part, Hollywood & Vine highlights Disney Junior characters, so it’s a great spot for the young ones. At night, Minnie Mouse will host dinner parties with her pals Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy. These are themed around the holiday seasons and in typical Minnie-Mouse fashion, she has her friends dress accordingly. These character pictures are a rarity and worth the reservations if your kids enjoy these characters.
For breakfast, food options include the typical omelette station, pancakes, waffles, etc. for $41.00 per adult and $24.00 per kid. You can add on breakfast cocktails like mimosas and bloody mary’s for an added cost. The cost for lunch and dinner offerings range a bit with salads, pastas, carved meats, seasonal fish, crab claws, shrimp, and veggies. The cost for lunch is $54.00 per adult and $32.00 for children. If you eat dinner at Hollywood & Vine you can splurge for the Fantasmic Package, which puts you in the best position to watch the park’s closing show.
BaseLine Tap House – Best Bar
BaseLine Tap Hhouse was just added to Hollywood Studios in the last three years. Replacing the well-known Writer’s Stop, the modern NY/Cali-looking bar is either a blessing or a curse depending on your attachment to the ole bookstore.
For an in-park tap house, BaseLine comes with an awesome atmosphere with small touches of vintage Disney decor strewn around the brick interior. Some of the indoor seating faces the windows looking over the patio where other guests can snack on their bar food and sip their adult beverages under big umbrellas and string lights.
No matter where you choose to sit, you have to order your food and drinks yourself at the bar. Glassware will be served if you have a seat inside and plastic cups are served if you’re on the patio. The menu encompasses ales, lagers, ciders, and a beer flight as well as two wines on tap, specialty cocktails and the usual spirit options.
As for bar food, you’ll find better than nuts and pretzels here. The most popular choice is the Bavarian Pretzel ($9.00), which is definitely big enough to share. Note that there are signs posted that say there’s a two drink maximum for guests of the legal drinking age, so if you thought you were going to be able to post up here for a day while your family waits on lines, well that’s not the case here in Hollywood Studios.
Rosie’s All American Cafe – Best Quick Service
Rosie’s All American Cafe is a quick service lunch and dinner option that accepts a Disney Dining Plan. Newly in 2019 Rosie’s was added to Disney’s mobile ordering service so that you can avoid the long lines at peak lunch. Located directly off Sunset Boulevard on the stretch towards the Tower of Terror, the line for Rosie’s spills around the corner for it’s American fast-food cuisine. Because it’s quick service and so busy, guests often miss the Rosie the Riveter and World War II subtle ambiance. Check out the scarecrow with a gas mask guarding the Victory Garden!
The menu is small and simple, including burgers ($10.99), chicken nuggets ($10.99), hotdogs ($11.49), and unique fried green tomato sandwich ($9.99). Prices are just about the same as you would see at other quality quick service stops. There’s a small menu of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, but not a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal. While there’s plenty of seating, it’s very close together and all outdoors. If you’re looking to relax a bit, this isn’t your spot…but they do serve a mean burger.
ABC Commissary – Something for Everyone
The ABC Commissary recently reopened after being closed for refurbishment. The indoor quick service restaurant is a change of pace and a good hideaway to eat in the comfortable cool air if you’re visiting in the warmer months. Though it’s truly a quick service spot (ordering your food at the counter and then finding your own seat) there are reservations available because of the crowds. Another small difference in the traditional cafeteria-like service is that once you place your order, you take a tracker to your table so that your food is delivered to you…a nice touch. Guests relate the flow of ordering and receiving their food to Be Our Guest breakfast in the Magic Kingdom.
ABC has a more extensive menu than other quick service locations ranging from fish and shrimp platters ($13.99) to chicken strips ($9.99) to a medeterranian salad ($9.99). There are options for the true met lovers as well as plant-based eaters and of course great options for the kiddies. The portions are definitely hearty, so a good bang for your buck.
Ronto Roaster’s – Unique to Star Wars
If you’re looking for a Star Wars dining experience, Ronto Roasters is the place. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner the Galaxy’s Edge themed quick service spot serves their popular Ronto Wrap ($12.99) along with other eclectic entrees like the Galma Snack Sampler ($9.99) and Nuna Turkey Jerky ($7.49). Being one of the newest spots to eat, the Star Wars ambiance hits the nail on the head. Note that Ronto Roasters accepts mobile orders, so think strategically to get your food when you’re hungry.
Hollywood Studios is definitely all about the atmosphere and set up, something that’s clear even in their dining experiences. If you’re looking for a five star meal, check out EPCOT or some of the hotel dining options. If you want an A+ experience, you’re in the right spot. Other stops that didn’t make the list are the Milk Stand and Oga’s Cantina. Both are Star Wars dining stops, the Cantina being a watering hole with funky cocktails and on tap options…the perfect hangout spot for 21+ guests.
The Milk Stand on the other hand is where you’ll find the intergalactic Blue and Green Milk (with the option to add tequila). For another kid-friendly experience, check out Woody’s Lunch box in Toy Story Land. There you’ll find brisket melts, three-cheese sandwiches, and “totchos”.
How to Make Dining Reservations at Hollywood Studios
Making reservations in Hollywood Studios is simple. When you sign in to your account on DisneyWorld.Disney.go.com or via the MyDisneyExperience app you’re greeted with options to filter restaurants by park, time, cuisine, price range, and whether they accept dining plans or not. You can see the available sit down times and receive a confirmation for any reservations you make on a computer or smart device. If you’re more comfortable making your reservations over the phone, dial (407) WDW-DINE. All guests, regardless of if they’re staying on Disney property or not, can make dining reservations up to 180 days before their visit.
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