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Play and Dine at Hollywood and Vine

When it’s time to break bread with giant, plush Playhouse Disney characters, it’s time to go Play and Dine at Hollywood and Vine.

That’s right folks, this is your opportunity to make your kids’ favorite TV stars come to life…and eat breakfast, too!

Atmosphere
Hollywood & Vine is located in the beautiful Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Shades of mauve and aluminum chairs are the most descriptive decor, but there are some great photos of old Hollywood, along with some pretty fantastic murals on the walls.

Hollywood and Vine Outdoor Waiting Area

H & V Seating

H & V Seating

Hollywood Bowl Photo

Greetings Mural

Hollywood Landmarks

Of course, the main events here are the Playhouse Disney characters. On my visit, we enjoyed meeting June and Leo from Little Einsteins, and Jo Jo and Goliath from Jo Jo’s Circus. These days, Jo Jo’s furry friend Goliath has been replaced by Mr. Handy Manny himself. (And, might I say, Handy Manny has to be one of my favorite Playhouse Disney shows, so I greatly bemoan the fact that I missed him by a few short weeks.)

Every half hour or so, the characters and their human counterparts put on a fun and energetic show, which kids are welcome to join. This is a lot of fun for the kids and gives Mom and Dad a chance to actually eat.

Play and Dine Sign

Little Einstein's Leo

Little Einstein's June

Jo Jo

Goliath -- Unfortunately, not part of the restaurant any longer

Fun and Energetic Show

DANCING BABY

Eats
I hadn’t been to Hollywood and Vine for many…MANY years before this visit, and I must admit, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of food quality. It’s a buffet. It’s audience is primarily kids. How good could it be?

Turns out…quite. We really, really enjoyed our breakfast here. Apparently there was a bit of a Tex-Mex thing happening, with a chorizo and pepper filled scramble and make-your-own breakfast burritos. The fritatta was delicious. And the bread pudding and apple crisp for breakfast was not a bad addition, Disney, not bad at all.

While the offerings weren’t extensive, what was available was high quality, tasty, and made for a great breakfast.

Mickey pancakes and Mickey waffles, potatoes, strawberry and blackberry sauces

Corned Beef Hash

Fritatta

Sausage

Pastries

Muffins and Bagels

Cheesy Grits

Sliced Ham -- Deeeeelicious

Oatmeal

Granola, Brown Sugar, and Raisins for Oatmeal

Eggs and Bacon

Eggs, Cottage Cheese, and Yogurt

Chorizo Sausage, Eggs, Potatoes, Peppers for make-your-own-burrito

Cheesy Potatoes

Cereal

Biscuits and Gravy

Breads

Bread Pudding and Apple Crisp

Apple Pastry

Pain au Chocolat

Plate-o-Food

Overall
I will reiterate: the reason to go to this restaurant is because you, or someone you love, is a huge Playhouse Disney fan. If that’s not the case, this might be one to skip.

That said, while I’ll probably pick Boma or Tusker House over Hollywood and Vine for breakfast, it was definitely on par with other kid-centric breakfast buffets in Walt Disney World. The food is definitely decent, so if your food blog writer kiddo is clamoring to hug Handy Manny, I say give it a go.

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14 Comments

  1. robin says:

    my tendency is to read your blog late at night when both the hubs & little gal are sleeping. i need to stop that IMMEDIATELY because my stomach starts growling EVERY TIME i read your posts. and obviously, this post is no different. ;)

    oh, how i wish for a plate of those biscuits & gravy, cheesy potatoes & a side of ham…and a side of corned beef hash…and a helping of that fritatta…and finally, some of that bread pudding covered in whatever sauce that is. :P

    btw, my gal would absolutely LOVE this place.

  2. jen says:

    I love this restaurant, but haven’t been in a couple of years…because the characters are now outdated and my kids don’t know who they are (ha!) I am thinking Disney will change it up soon.

  3. Griffin says:

    We went here a couple of years ago with our son. I can’t remember exactly when (without pulling out all of our travel stuff!) , though he was probably 2-3 yrs old. The meal was very good. Your typical american buffet stuff that you can get at any buffet in Disney. He really enjoyed meeting the characters. They had a little dance time in the middle of the floor with maybe 5 or 6 kids. Then went around to each table where we got a few adorable pictures.

    This year we are headed to Cape May Cafe for Bfast with the characters. And i’m still crossing my fingers that someday, before too long, they will have a Pixar character meal. I’d absolutely love to meet Buzz and Woody at a meal!!!

  4. Kelly says:

    It’ll be quite a number of years before I visit Hollywood & Vine, but it’s good to know that it gets a check plus :)

  5. Christine says:

    My family just ate here during our visit 2 weeks ago. June, Leo, Handy Manny and JoJo were all there. My 5 year old LOVED it, and so did the 4 adults in our party. We have some food allergies (gluten and dairy) in our group, and the chef came out, took us through the buffet, and even made me gluten free pancakes which are not on the buffet. The chorizo and egg scramble was delicious as were the cheesy grits. It was not fully booked which I found surprising, but it worked out for us because the characters spent a lot of time with each table, really giving the kids a lot of attention and visiting us multiple times throughout the meal. In summary, I would recommend this meal, especially if you have a playhouse disney fan in your group!

  6. Interesting anecdote, I was told by Disney that among the character buffets, when guests were surveyed after their meal, Hollywood & Vine was ranked #2 in guest satisfaction. That’s among all character buffets!

    I did this buffet a few years ago with my niece was in town and she loved it! The characters were great and I enjoyed the food. What I do like about this meal is it’s more than just the usual towel waving. The characters invite the kids to come up and dance with them, which makes it a little more interactive.

  7. Mark says:

    I ate here waaaay back in 2000 when it wasn’t a character meal (or perhaps one of the services wasn’t) and I remember the food wasnt bad at all and quite good for a buffet. Tim’s kind of grown out of characters so we passed on this back in March.. Alot of ppl have talked about a Toy Story Character Meal idea.. this would be a great place for it I believe and a great reason for Disney to rotate characters here.

  8. Jennifer says:

    We ate here 3 years ago for lunch. (My daughter loves Leo). It was great. We were all very impressed with the quality and selection.
    I agree with Matt the character interaction was great my daughter danced with all of them and they all came around more than once. Its really well done.

  9. AJ says:

    Robin — Hee hee! You can only imagine how my stomach is growling when I’m writing these blogs late at night! Those cheesy potatoes were wonderful, by the way. Two helpings.

    jen — I know! Those Disney Channel shows change a bit too fast for the restaurant to keep up with them, apparently! I wish they had a Charlie and Lola breakfast.

    Griffin — I hope you like B&C’s breakfast buffet. I think it’s one of the best. And a Toy Story character meal would be fan-friggin’-tastic. I would love it with all my heart.

    Kelly — I wonder how long it will survive…

    Matt — Yes, there was a lot of interactivity! The extra little “ringleaders” on both sides of the restaurant really energized the place and the kids had a great time.

    Mark — Good point. This place is kind of non-descript, so anything could fit– including Toy Story characters!

    Jennifer — Thanks for the review! I definitely enjoyed the meal more than I thought I would, and I think that with kids it’s a winner.

  10. Josh says:

    I agree with some of the others, making a place with a Pixar themed character buffet would be a jackpot for Disney and would be a wise move.

    Out of all the Breakfast buffets this looks like one of the best to me food-wise as it has the Yogurt that I usually eat daily (and if it’s unlimited even better!) along with the infamous Mickey Waffles, what more could you ask for.

    The Pastries look very well made (I hope they are freshly made as well) and tasty.

    I haven’t been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as of yet, but the reasons to do so keep adding up!

  11. Janna says:

    Our family LOVES P&D at H&V. It is a must-do for us every visit! While we do enjoy breakfast here, I think lunch is our preferred meal.

    As for the characters, we love them! We’ve not been when it was crowded so it is tops for us in character interaction.

  12. Alicia says:

    One more reason to visit even if you’re not into Playhouse Disney: getting into Hollywood Studios before it opens!

    My family and I have done this for the past couple of years. While it’s a little awkward eating as a group of adults, it’s nice to feel like you have your foot in the door and a step up on the crowds. Thankfully, the characters seemed to sense this and left us alone. I had to all but hunt down the lion (who I just thought was really cute) for a photo.

  13. Amy says:

    I am planning a trip for myself, my hubby, and our 3-year-old and I came across this site! I am so glad that I did! I have completely planned our food budget based on reading the articles here and from the Disney website. I can’t wait for this breakfast! Our son will love it! I am so happy that Jake is a part of it now, because Jake is his favorite. I know the last comments on this were from three years ago, but I need to add my thanks for this review!

  14. Brooke says:

    Amy, be sure to check out the latest review that DFB did of Hollywood and Vine earlier this year — with pics of Jake! My 3 year old loves him too, so I totally get it. :-)

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