I wanted to give you more construction pics for today, but DH said you’d prefer some food porn, so here we go! We’re headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Sci-Fi Dine-In! Sci-Fi Dine-in in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a quintessential Disney experience. It’s imagineering and restauranteur-ing at its collaborative best: drive-in movies and good eats mixed together on a big ol’ sound stage in the middle of a theme park! The next time you bring someone new to Disney World and want to knock their socks off with something they’ve never seen before, book a reservation here. Atmosphere You’ll enter through what looks like a movie theater entrance, but find yourself here, in a soundstage-esque reservation area. The floors are concrete and you’re surrounded by movie posters for mid-century b-movies: Attack of the 50-ft Woman, The Blob, etc… .
There’s rickety, plywood movie-set scaffolding around and old drive-in movie speakers take up residence in the corners. Look above you and you might even see an old bowl of…eyeballs? Well how ’bout that.
That’s right, your lunch isn’t going to highlight sweet, sensible movies; you’re eating with aliens, mummies, robots, and all of your other favorite sci-fi movie stars. You’re eating in a mid-century drive-in! But wait, you say, I don’t have a car, I’m not outside, this isn’t mid-century anything! True, but as soon as you’re called to your table, you’ll feel otherwise. You’ll be led down a dark hall into an even darker room. There’s a huge screen to one side, and you’re surrounded by…trees? Yep, trees, the night sky, and rows upon rows of convertible cars.
In the back of the room, you see a vintage-looking snack bar with umbrella-ed tables beside it. These are options for seating as well! If you’d like to sit in a convertible, be sure to request it!
Once you’re settled into your table, drag out a flashlight to read your menu ’cause this place is DARK! Luckily, you have a few lights in your car…
But if you don’t want to strain your eyes, here’s the menu for a preliminary perusal. Eats We were pretty wrapped up in the monster movies on screen, but quickly turned our attention to our appetizer when it arrived! DH and I consider ourselves spinach dip connoisseurs, so we ordered the chips platter with chili and artichoke-spinach dip. It was quite good, and I’m afraid I traded DH my portion of the chili for more spinach dip…
From there, we went on to the bacon cheeseburger and the ribs. I’ve heard great things about the cheeseburger, and it didn’t disappoint. The ribs were a bit embarrassing to eat with no light anywhere — I had no idea how much sauce I had all over me until I went to the restroom later!
And, even though we were too full to stand, we had to order dessert; I write a food blog, after all. So today it was the Celebration Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce and Treats, and the apple crumble — DH and I are suckers for a good apple crumble.
Both desserts were delicious. The cheesecake resembled the cheesecake at Mama Melrose’s restaurant (natch), and the apple crumble thankfully didn’t taste canned (unfortunately, that gooey, canned-apple taste has become an all-too-common occurrence in Disney’s apple desserts). Overall, we were happy with our Sci-Fi meal, but we knew what to expect. Some folks might find it too dark in here; others might find the movies to be too scary for some kiddos (they’re more cheesy than scary, but sometimes kids can’t tell the difference yet). Some people might prefer to eat their meals while NOT watching The Blob and/or Zombies. But, if you want a decent meal in an out-of-this-world setting, give Sci-Fi Dine-In a try. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced, I’ll promise that!