Every once in a while I like to take a look at a favorite secret spot, and today — in honor of Friday Happy Hour — we’re headed to Tune In Lounge.
While it shares its main seating area — Dad’s Living Room(s) — with the waiting area for 50’s Prime Time Cafe (con!), it has all kinds of kitschy-fabulous decor that will either remind you of your growing-up-years or your favorite episodes from early Nick at Nite (pro!).
I can highly recommend getting there early — around 11am — and taking a look around the place. With several seating areas and “living rooms” to choose from, you’ll be able to take in an eye-full of some of Disney’s greatest Hollywood Studios themeing. Full of authentic, way-back worthy couches, chairs, artwork, knick-knacks, and even televisions, you’ll think you’ve been transported back in time to when Elizabeth Taylor was just a kid, Mary Tyler Moore was still married to Dick Van Dyke, and kids were required to have names like Junior, Billy, Susie, and Mary-Alice.
Of course, there is a full bar here as well — one of the best you’ll find in the Florida theme parks, too. And I promise I won’t tell anyone if you start drinking at 11am, seeing as I’m the one who recommended you head over to the Tune In Lounge at that early hour!
While Disney’s standard bar menu applies here, you can also order from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe alcoholic drink menu or the food menu. So this is a great spot to stop if you’re dining solo, don’t have an ADR, or just want a quick bite. You even get access to the same fun TV shows you’d see if you were dining in the restaurant!
Now, after you’ve had your fill of meat loaf and fried chicken and washed it all down with a Glow-tini, head outside and to your right to see another fun “secret spot” — the Echo Lake Apartments.
Unfortunately, the gate to the apartments is rarely — if ever — open. Maybe you can catch someone who lives there on their way home! You can see the renters’ names on the mailboxes to the right of the apartment gate.
While I didn’t know many of the names, one of my favorite Disney fan sites, Hyperion 2719, has done some digging to determine who lives in the Echo Lake complex. Definitely click the link for some great Disney Imagineering history…