Review: All-New Limited Run Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Well, here’s a new one for ya… how about starting your day UNDER THE STARS at Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant?

Yep, the perpetual evening setting of Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant is now the latest breakfast stop at Disney’s  Hollywood Studios! This long-time, well-loved lunch and dinner spot is now offering a limited-run meal: guests can give breakfast a try at Sci-Fi Dine-In, currently available for booking from now until January 23, 2016 with seatings from 8:00 – 10:15 am. [EDITOR’S UDPATE: Please note that the trial run of breakfast at Sci-Fi Restaurant has ended, and at this point the option has not been renewed.]

Of course, this isn’t Sci-Fi’s first time serving up the most important meal of the day. For the past two years, it has played host to the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast, a character meal held in conjunction with Star Wars Weekends. But Darth Vader and his Dark Side cronies stayed in a galaxy far, far away this go ‘round. The current breakfast offering is a non-character meal featuring pre-fixe selections.

Are you ready to check it out?

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant

Then, here we go!

Atmosphere

At Sci-Fi, you step right in to go out, entering into a field filled with cars all positioned to enjoy an evening at a 1950s-style Drive-in Theater under eternally starry skies.

Dine in a Convertible at Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi Dine-In atmosphere

Sci-Fi Dine-In

Sci-Fi Dine-In atmosphere

This is, of course, after you take a little walk through the “backstage” area once you’ve checked in. The posters along the wall give you some idea of what to expect when you enter the theater, featuring campy movie clips from the 50s, which you will soon see come to life on the huge movie screen in the dining area.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Movie Posters in Entrance Area

“Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and “Spaceways” posters

Most kids (and — it’s okay to admit it — most of us adults, too) are hooked from the moment they see their table, set in a vintage car facing the movie screen.

Sci-Fi Atmosphere

Car Table Seating

Your Table

Car Table Seating

A few picnic tables tucked in back offer a different seating style. They are handicap accessible, as well as being a great place to sit for those with very little ones in need of high chairs. They also offer an advantage of being somewhat better lit than the car tables.

Sci Fi Picnic Tables

Sci-Fi Picnic Tables

No matter where you sit, you have a fine view of the movie screen up front, rolling mostly vintage horror movie trailers (more comical than scary… nowadays, anyway) and concession commercials. Fans of the movie “Grease” may even catch a glimpse of the flipping hot dog from that moment when Danny Zuko cries “WHY–YYYY-YYYY-YYY… Sandy.” I can never manage a clear picture of the hot dog, what with all the somersaulting. Still, this will give you an idea of the screen…

Walt Disney Introduces You to His Robot Friend on the Screen. Totally not scary.

Walt Disney Introduces You to His Robot Friend on the Screen. Totally not scary.

Disney chefs are more than willing to discuss special dietary needs with you one on one

Sci-Fi Chef Greeting Guests to Discuss Allergies

Most guests have a chance to catch the full loop… and then some, since the whole thing only lasts around 40 minutes. Still, it’s a hoot, and adds to all the reasons why  Sci-Fi Dine-In is considered to offer the favorite restaurant atmosphere for many Disney diners. It just puts you in a good mood… and who doesn’t want to start the day that way?

Eats

Sci-Fi Dine-In is typically known for providing all-American eats ordered a la carte for lunch and dinner (think burgers, ribs, milkshakes, and the like). The new breakfast offering is a different deal. It’s a pre-fixe meal, and included for the price of $23.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids are a selection of breakfast pastries, and choice of appetizer, entree, and beverage (non-alcoholic). Let’s start with a look at the full menu.

SciFi Dine In Theater Menu

Sci-Fi Dine-In Breakfast Menu

Breakfast is also different because the entree selections step outside the norm with items like Sci-Fi Crab and EggsMacadamia-crusted Brioche French Toast, and Shrimp and Grits, among more traditional selections. (If you were one of the lucky folks who were able to attend the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast, then the selections may look quite — okay, very — familiar to you… sans Blue Milk, of course.)

As promised, the meal started out with an array of Breakfast Pastries, which included a fairly standard assortment of croissants, mini double chocolate muffins, and orange-glazed cinnamon buns. Nothing special (the same variety you’ll typically find in the Grab-and-Go areas at Resorts), but still tasty.

Cinnamon Buns, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Croissants

Pastries to Start

Across the plate, though, the fresh, fluffy croissants were the best, but we found the muffins to be slightly stale. And the cinnamon buns could definitely use some more icing… but you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you ;) ?

Cinnamon Buns, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Croissants

Cinnamon Buns, Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Croissants

The appetizer is your choice of either a Fruit Cup or Yogurt Parfait with granola and berries. The Fruit Cup was a decent mix (grapes, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe), though it did have a lot of melon in it.

Fruit Cup Appetizer

Fruit Cup Appetizer

For our entree selections, we went with a traditional and a not-so-much. In fact, the traditional option is so very traditional, that it’s called… wait for it… the Traditional Breakfast. This platter is made up of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, and breakfast potatoes.

Traditional Breakfast

Traditional Breakfast

As the main dish, the eggs had a bit of that wet consistency (I prefer them on the dry side), but the best thing on the plate was absolutely the breakfast potatoes, complete with cheese and a bit of crispiness on top from the bake — I could’ve happily done with a whole plate of them and called it good! With the addition of the savory and salty sausage and bacon, the Traditional Breakfast lives up to its name: a basic assortment of breakfast favorites to start the day.

Traditional Breakfast Meat and Eggs

Traditional Breakfast Meat and Eggs

It’s a fine choice for those who are less tempted to start the day with something less… well, traditional. Such as our next selection, the Sci-Fi Crab and Eggs: tucked inside a puff pastry are eggs scrambled with crab, asparagus, and Gruyere cheese. It’s served with roasted tomatoes and avocado.

Crab and Eggs with Avocado and  Roasted Tomato

Crab and Eggs with Avocado and Roasted Tomato

Before we dig in, you may want to know that the crab claw is –thankfully — shelled for you :).

Crab and Eggs Close Up

Crab and Eggs Close Up

Again, my egg preference is dryer, and these were quite moist, which unfortunately made the bottom of my puff pastry soggy. In addition to the crab claw, though, the eggs themselves are mixed with the crab (which, impressively, I could taste in almost every bite), chopped asparagus, and Gruyere cheese, which resulted in a terrific combination of flavors. The only thing to note is that I think it could’ve used a little more seasoning.

On the other hand, the avocado and tender and juicy roasted tomato were both very well-seasoned, and I enjoyed them more than I anticipated. The avocado garnishing the plate doesn’t look like much, but it’s delicious — very reminiscent of guacamole. Unexpected, but a great addition to the plate.

Crab and Eggs

Crab and Eggs

The Steak and Eggs — a huge hit during the Star Wars Galactic Dine-In, when it was served under the themed name of Kessel Run — also made a return. The photo below is from the Galactic Dine-In and not our recent meal. However, the dish still features the same components: Grilled Beef Tenderloin on an oven-roasted tomato served with a Bacon Cheddar Custard on baby spinach, and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes.

Steak and Eggs

Steak and Eggs

And we’ve got one more for you… because what’s breakfast at Disney World without a Mickey Waffle? We’re pleased to report that this one was very fluffy, warm and perfectly cooked, served with a simple fruit cup of strawberries and banana.

Micky Mouse Waffle, Fruit Cup and Syrup

Micky Mouse Waffle, Fruit Cup and Syrup

Just look at that face, would ya?

Mickey Mouse Waffle Close Up

Mickey Mouse Waffle Close Up

And there you have it, my friends! Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In is in the books!

Overall

As a reminder, breakfast at Sci-Fi is still considered a limited-run option, currently available for Advance Dining Reservations through January 23, 2016 via the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. That said, we’ve seen this before. Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom was on a trial run for several months prior to becoming a regular meal option, and we’re anxious to learn whether this will become the case at Sci-Fi, too.

After all, it couldn’t be a bad thing to have another Table Service experience for breakfast at Hollywood Studios. Though there are plenty of Counter Service options (mostly of the grab-and-go variety), the only other regular Table Service breakfast option is the buffet at Hollywood & Vine featuring the Disney Junior characters. While I’m typically all for adults enjoying character meals, let’s face it — the Disney Junior characters have a very specific target audience… one that knows all the words to The Hot Dog Song by heart ;). There’s certainly nothing wrong with that; it’s just not intended for everybody. Breakfast at Sci-Fi, on the other hand, is not only a great option for adults, but also for older kids who are beyond the Jake and the Neverland Pirates stage, but still think it’s super cool to eat in a car. And, heck, who doesn’t?

If breakfast at Sci-Fi does become a regular offering (or if you get to enjoy it before the limited run ends), I must say that I think the value for the price is there: while I wasn’t particularly blown away by the offerings, they were still decent (though the Steak and Eggs has received some rave reviews), and this is a lot of food for the price. Add in the super fun atmosphere that’s always been the hallmark of dining at Sci-Fi, along with the wonderful service we enjoyed with this visit, and breakfast here can really become a great component of a morning trip to Hollywood Studios.

Do you think breakfast at Sci-Fi is a good value? Let us know in the comments below!

DFB Contributors to this story: Caitlin P., Wendy, AJ Wolfe

Comments

  1. Essie says

    I wouldn’t eat here because they have puffy French toast, but only for kids. I LOVE the puffy French toast at the Crystal Palace. It’s my Must Do on every trip. It’s crispy, crunchy on the outside and puffy soft on the inside and at the CP, you can eat all you want. I couldn’t eat at Sci-Fi, knowing they have it, but not being able to get it!

  2. Dave says

    My wife and I were one of the first ones there on Sunday. Overall, we both thought is was good, but do agree the eggs could have been a little dryer. I had the crab and eggs, which I thought was excellent but the crab juice from the claw did help make the pastry soggy very quickly. The taste was a very nice change from the ordinary. She had the traditional which was, traditional, but good, and she was able to order it with all bacon which is a nice option. My fruit cup also had way too much melon and no blueberries. I’m not a pastry guy,but my wife did enjoy them ( I did like the chocolate muffin though). Also, she did like the yogurt parfait, but the yogurt was a little on the warm side. All in all, we hope the breakfast stays, and like most things that are new, give it some time to have the kinks worked out. Try it, I think you’ll like it.

  3. says

    Maybe it’s just me, but something about paying $23 for breakfast in a cheesy atmosphere like Sci Fi just does not jive with me… Maybe it’s the sparkly blue tables or the yellow lighting but those meals just look unappetizing to me :(

  4. Mary says

    I knew I could count on Disney Food Blog to go to review this meal right away! I got a reservation for next Thursday morning, and I was waiting to see if it looked like something we’d like. It looks fine, but I think the food at our night reservation will be more to our liking. I’m off to cancel my reservation for 5 if someone sees this quickly and wants to try to get it. Thanks DFB for keeping me up do date on all the new meals!

  5. Kimberly H. says

    We have a breakfast reservation here in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to trying the shrimp and grits. I would love the waffle, but it would be hard for me to justify $24 for something you can pick up at most food courts. We love Sci-Fi, but when it’s just the two of us we request to be seated at the picnic tables. Our last two meals were not that memorable due to our obnoxious car mates.

  6. Cathy L says

    DH and I were there Sunday as well. I had shrimp and grits and loved every artrry-clogging bite. DH had the steak and eggs. Really delicious food and great service from Patti P. I don’t know about Tables in Wonderland, but no AP or DVC discount. Still very good and a lot of fun!

  7. Anna says

    OMG, the Hot Dog Song! Love it, AJ, love it.

    I would certainly give this meal a try. Glad to have more seatings at Sci-Fi, with or without the Hot Dog Song.

  8. RebeccaMcK says

    Your site is the only one I’ve checked thus far that had a review and photo of the crab eggs dish – thank you! It helped me decide to order the steak dish instead when I’m there on 11/17, lol. All the other sites I checked, the reviewers opted for the steak dish…which looks pretty good.

  9. Lee Anne Barranco says

    Has anyone been pre rd breakfast and finished before park opening and been allowed to go toward either toystory or RnR? I had heard on first day that patrons of Sci Fi breakfast were held back and by the time they did reach toystory the line was already way long. Boma breakfast yes, is great, but will enjoy having this option dec 4. I have a 8am ressie on 9am park opening. I know my dd will get a kick out of the theme and the food looks good. Tables in Wonderland able to be used? Thanks for the great info.

  10. Rach says

    I too was there on the 1st. And I was able to use my Tables in Wonderland discount. (But wasn’t able to use it for the Star Wars Breakfast back in May.)
    For those going Gluten-Free they do have an alternate pastry platter & the GF batter for the Mickey waffle.

  11. Rach says

    Oh & don’t forget that with the set price this is an “All You Care to Eat” meal. You can order more than one entree. Since the steak was a tiny petite thing (though really tasty) I also got the waffle. So you really can get your money’s worth from the spread. And personally, since I’m not a morning person, I thoroughly loved the night atmosphere for before the coffee kicked in. ;-)

  12. RebeccaMcK says

    @Rach, are you sure that you can order more than one entree per person? That doesn’t sound like something they’d do. It’s a starter, an entree and a drink for each person as far as I know. I’ll be there on November 17th so I’ll ask my server anyway.

  13. Heather says

    I think it would be fun for breakfast if they showed old fashioned cartoons. My kids don’t like the sci-fi!

  14. RebeccaMcK says

    Heather, my kiddo doesn’t like the Sci-Fi shorts they show either. I like some of them but they creeped her out last fall, which is why I’m dining there on a solo trip and not with the family next week, lol.

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