Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner
Themed after a 1930 MGM film called Min and Bill, Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner offers Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests the chance to relax for a bit and sink their teeth into some pretty unusual menu items.
You’ll find this spot in the middle of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, nestled on the shores of the lagoon right between Hollywood and Vine and the American Idol attraction.
Shaped like cartoon-y boat “S.S. Down the Hatch,” Min and Bill’s recalls the ship-side location of the film it represents.
Be sure to take some time to wander around the boat and check out the themeing. From fun cargo crates nearby (see if you can determine the significance of their shipping addresses!) to interesting advertising and sayings around the ship, it’s a cool way to spend a few minutes while a member of your party is waiting in line for food.
Umbrella-covered tables offer respite from the sun for hungry guests.
The menu has changed drastically here in the past few years, so everything comes with the disclaimer that it could change at any time. Right now, the dining location offers some very unique eats that you won’t find at any other Disney restaurant.
On the menu are two sandwiches that look as though they’re built right into a baguette of sourdough bread — the chicken ceasar sandwich and the Italian sausage sandwich with peppers and onions. We ordered the frankfurter in a pretzel roll, which was served hot-dog style with the roll cut all the way down the middle.
The frankfurter, from what I can tell, is not the same version sold at Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom. This one was a paler color and was not quite as delicious as those Casey’s hot dogs are.
That said, the pretzel bread was great — and since this is one of just a few places to get pretzel bread on property, it’s well worth a purchase.
The chips served are the new Disney-brand chips, which are slightly thicker than the old Lays version (and probably not quite as tasty).
While the location doesn’t usually open until mid-morning or later (if it opens at all), it can be a great spot to kick back and relax while waiting for the Hollywood Studios parade to begin. The food is unique — something we have to reward as it’s more and more uncommon these days — and who doesn’t love pretzel bread!?
Have you sampled any of the newer menu items at Min and Bill’s? Let us know about your experience.