Review: New Menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You are likely well aware that BIG CHANGES are underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

After all, the addition of two whole new lands — Star Wars and Toy Story — is no small undertaking. And the construction has already resulted in the closure of several eateries (including my beloved Writer’s Stop and Starring Rolls) around the park.

But a few classic spots have remained, thankfully, untouched for now. And when it comes to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, this spot’s dedicated fans — and there are many — sure hope that “for now” extends to “for always.”

And I can’t argue with that. There’s something so fun (and completely immersive) about sitting in a booth shaped like a vintage car, watching a reel of old movie clips on the big screen under a faux night sky.

But while Sci-Fi wins loads of points for ambiance, some diners find the food to be a little hit or miss. So on this visit, we checked out a mix of some ol’ standbys along with items from the recently revamped menu.

So, let’s drive in, shall we?

Atmosphere

Sci-Fi Dine-In is essentially a massive room (make that, soundstage) with high, dark ceilings made to resemble the starry nighttime sky, and row upon row upon row of vintage-style convertibles. That’s the drive-in part of the Dine In, and it’s just about one of the most fun dining settings in Disney World.

Sci-Fi Dine-In

Sci-Fi Dine-In

You basically sit in the front seat or the back seat, and you have a fairly shallow counter in front of you. That’s your table. Not exactly conversation friendly, but that’s A-OK, because there’s other entertainment to take in.

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New DFB Video: Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland’s Frontierland — A Hidden Gem!

Happy Summer! Today, we’re heading to Frontierland in Disneyland for our latest DFB Video, as we explore a true hidden gem — Stage Door Cafe!

Stage Door Cafe Funnel Cake Mickey

Stage Door Cafe Funnel Cake Mickey

Often overlooked, this counter service spot may have a teensy ordering area, but it’s packed with personality! If you’re looking for it, just turn the corner from the much larger Golden Horseshoe, park your horse, and you’re there. :-D [Read more…]

News: Jalapeño-Cheese Pretzel Returns to Magic Kingdom for a Limited Time

A lot of Disney stories start with “Once Upon a Time…”

And here’s one more for you. Once Upon a Time, Disney Food Fans could count on a couple of SUPER yummy pretzels at a few snack stands around Disney World. These were the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel and the Jalapeño-Cheese Pretzel; and you could typically find at least one of them at spots like Epcot’s Fife & Drum Tavern, Animal Kingdom’s Eight Spoon Cafe (when it was known as the Beastly Kiosk), and Magic Kingdom’s Lunching Pad.

Then, one by one and spot by spot, they began to disappear until they were (nearly) all gone.

So you can understand how excited we were when the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel returned to The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland last October! Likewise, you may be able to guess how happy we are to tell you that the Jalapeno-Cheese Pretzel is BACK at The Lunching Pad, too!

Jalapeño Cheddar Pretzel is BACK!

Jalapeño-Cheese Pretzel is BACK!

We’re certain that — like the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel — this spicy, savory, cheesy goody will taste every bit as good as always. (You see, we don’t get to make it to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as often as we’d like, and Lowtide Lou’s is the only place that carries it regularly these days).

Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel inside

Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel inside

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News! 2017 Disney World Candlelight Processional Narrators and Dining Packages Announced

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Too soon? ;) Well, not really… not if you’re planning to spend part of the holiday season in Walt Disney World. If that’s the case, we’ve got some great info for you about one of the most popular holiday events at Disney World. Booking is now officially open for the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages! AND we also have the preliminary list of narrators!

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

You can make your Advance Dining Reservation NOW by booking online at disneyworld.com, or by phone by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

The Candlelight Processional features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator. The reading is accompanied by a robed choir and a full orchestra performing Christmas carols. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: EAT THIS in Epcot Part 2!

Hey Guys! We promised you more Must Eat Epcot and today we’re back for a second round in our latest DFB Video!

Gelato Perfection! The Coppa Delizia in Epcot's Italy Pavilion

Gelato Perfection! The Coppa Delizia in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

The awesome thing about Epcot food is that you have plenty of classics, but there are also new things joining the scene every day. In recent years, additions like Tutto Gusto have kept World Showcase fresh. And I can’t pass up the Caramel Apple Cookie at Karamell-Küche. EVER.

Can’t wait to see more? Then click on our latest DFB Video to see what else you CAN’T MISS in Epcot!

Want to see ALL of our GET THIS in Disney World series — including Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot? Check out our GET THIS in Disney World playlist here!

And if you never want to miss your Disney Food Fix, then hit the big Subscribe Button below! That way, you won’t miss a minute of the fun!

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Whew! Are you ready to eat your way through Epcot? Leave a comment and tell us YOUR favorites!

News! “The CHEW” Taping Schedule and New Booth for Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Editor’s Note: Here at Disney Food Blog, we do not distribute tickets because we are not actually affiliated with ABC Television or Disney. For more information on how to obtain tickets for the taping, please read our post about how to get tickets. We’ll post the date they’re available as soon as we know it.

Big News!!

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Today we’ve got another update about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival, which stretches to a full 75 days this year, will run from August 31-November 13 this Fall.

We are looking forward to the start of the fun. We wait all year for this (and we know you do toooo!), but this one promises to be bigger and better than ever!

We’re still waiting for all of the details about Menus and Booths, Special Events, and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, the event is now definitely starting to take shape!

There’s some GREAT news to share with you today, so let’s get right to it!

ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns to Broadcast from Epcot and Make Appearances

We’ve been preeeeeetty sure and now we can confirm it:  the cast of ABC TV’s The Chew is definitely returning once again for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Chew will be taping again at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Chew will be taping again at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The core cast will tape five shows for broadcast on ABC. Taping dates will be Oct. 4-6. The episodes are scheduled to air the week of Oct. 9-13. Wanna know how to get tickets? Here’s our primer on How To Get Tickets To See The Chew in Epcot! ;-D

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News and Review: Rainbow and World of Color Goofy’s Glaciers!

What’s more refreshing and cooling than a slushy on a crazy hot Florida or southern California day? Uh, nothing. The answer is nothing.

Which is why we love Goofy’s Glaciers. These sweet and tart slushies come in several Goofy-worthy flavors like strawberry, blue raspberry, passion mango, and lemonade. And with flavors like these, it’s only natural that  a good Disney food fan would combine them into something even awesome-r.

Enter our DiningInDisney pal Heather Sievers who, as always, has this plan on lock. In fact, she gave this slushie combo a swirl back in May!

Goofy's Glaciers

Goofy’s Glaciers World of Color

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News: Downtown Disney Summer Celebration 2017 is ON in Disneyland

ALOHA from Disneyland’s Downtown Disney! THAT is where the Downtown Disney Summer Celebration is running now through September 4th.

©Disney

©Disney

The event — sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods, features over a dozen special menu items found at various Downtown Disney restaurants. These tastes of the islands will be accompanied by regular weekly appearances of the Polynesian performers of Tupua. Beginning July 1st, Tupua will help set the scene on the Downtown Disney LIVE! Stage with song, dance, and color. Moving forward, Tupua will appear on Friday evenings through the run of the event.

We mentioned a “taste of the islands,” too, though, didn’t we? Find a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich. Or stop by ESPN Zone for Hawaiian Pork Sliders, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, or a Summer Mojito.

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Seven Things To Do BEFORE the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You’re going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Hooray!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Ok. Now what?

In 2017, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 days of discovering new dishes, enjoying interesting wines, and learning about exciting cocktails and craft beers.

But unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably won’t be enjoying the entire two and a half month stretch.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about planning a GREAT Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip. We’ve even compiled our best tips in our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, available right now for pre-order.

To get you started on everything from choosing your dates, to what to pack, and how you pay for it all, let’s check out our best tips for Preparing for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, From Start to Finish.

1) Schedule Your Dates

It may seem basic, but get the calendar out and decide when you’d like to visit.

But really, it’s not so basic, right? There are all kinds of things to consider: When are crowds the largest? What’s the weather like? And OMG is Hanson going to be there this year??? (Spoiler Alert: Yep. They are.)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

Unfortunately, with respect to schedules, if you have to plan in advance, you’re going to have to do so with some unknowns. Disney always puts out the final schedule of events, for everything from Special Events to Demonstrations and Seminars, pretty much at the last minute. Even Eat to the Beat is coming later and later (although we do have that full lineup — see it here!)

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

Our suggestion? Plan as much as you can based upon weather, crowds, and a general idea of when Special Events have taken place historically. For a look back at all of the details of previous Festivals, check out our Disney Food and Wine Festivals Page. [Read more…]

New!: Fruits of Mo’ara Fruit Bar in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora — The World of AVATAR

By now we’ve all seen images (or been in the thick!) of the massive crowds at Pandora — The World of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Pandora -- The World of AVATAR

Pandora — The World of AVATAR

We’ve braved those crowds to give you the skinny on eats at Satu’li Canteen (including breakfast!) and the drinks at Pongu Pongu. Oh, and let’s not forget the fun pre-packaged snacks exclusive to Pandora! (VEIN POD!!!!)

Blueberry Almond Pandora Popcorn

Blueberry Almond Pandora Popcorn

But as it turns out, folks have still gotta figure out a way to beat the crazy heat even in picturesque Pandora. So today we’re checking out what is thus far the only bottled drink and ice cream cart in the World’s newest land.

Just like everything else in Pandora, the cart is themed its new home. As opposed to your typical Ice Cream Novelties Cart, you’re instead visiting ACE Mobile Treats (the “ACE,” of course, referring to Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the interplanetary travel company that helps humans like us explore Pandora today).

ACE Mobile Treats

ACE Mobile Treats

Beverage offerings include standard bottled hydration options you’ll find elsewhere: bottles of Dasani, smartwater, and Powerade, along with Zico Coconut Water (here in Watermelon Raspberry) and vitaminwater (Dragonfruit flavored!). [Read more…]