News: Fantasmic! Dessert and VIP Viewing Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A whole new way to enjoy the Fantasmic! Nighttime Spectacular is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Fantasmic! Boat

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience is now available for booking for dates starting September 8th.

How will it work? Guests simply arrive at the Fantasmic theater prior to the evening’s first performance and pick up a package of snacks inspired by the show. Savory and sweet treats in the box for adults will include chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake, apple crisp, and California trail mix.  [Read more…]

News: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party Returning to Hollywood Studios

The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime Spectacular is returning to Hollywood Studios in November for the holiday season!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

And along with this festive projection and fireworks show comes the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, pairing a reserved viewing area with holiday-themed food and drink. Multiple food stations will offer holiday sweets and snacks such as warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, warm pumpkin pie, and spiced-bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. A Liquid Nitro Station will feature chocolate mousse with a choice of toppings (salted caramel sauce among them). [Read more…]

News: Mobile Order Arrives at Hollywood Studios with Backlot Express

Hollywood Studios is now offering Mobile Order!

This process, which debuted at Animal Kingdom’s Satu’li Canteen in May, gives guests the opportunity to to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at select Counter Service locations around Disney World via the My Disney Experience app. Once you arrive at the restaurant? You simply notify the restaurant of your arrival on the app and go straight to pick up your food! (You can learn about how the entire process works from start to finish here.)

The process has rolled out at Counter Service restaurants across Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. And yesterday, the fourth and final park — Hollywood Studios — joined the lineup, starting with Backlot Express!

Backlot Express

Backlot Express

It’s anticipated that ABC Commissary and PizzeRizzo will appear on the Mobile Order list soon.

Also recently, another Epcot restaurant was added to the list: Liberty Inn. [Read more…]

News: BaseLine Tap House and Grand Avenue Opening This Fall in Hollywood Studios

What? ANOTHER new Hollywood Studios main drag? Welcome GRAND AVENUE!!

We have LOTS to look forward to at Hollywood Studios, with Toy Story Land opening in 2018 and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (that’s the official name for Star Wars Land!) in 2019. But let’s face it… we’ve got some time to wait for those big, new adventures at the moment.

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

So it may be good to know that we have something new to look forward to much closer on the horizon: this fall, the new Grand Avenue area — celebrating “the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles” — is coming to Hollywood Studios!

The area (essentially what remains of the former Streets of America) will showcase vintage office buildings and warehouses in representation of different parts of LA. And the new BaseLine Tap House will be a big part of the scene! [Read more…]

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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Disney Food Video: GET THIS at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is kind of the forgotten park right now in Disney World. So much construction. So many shuttered restaurants. So is it still even worth it to go? YEP! And when you DO go, we’ve got the list of what you need to be eating! Check out today’s DFB Video for the things you MUST eat when you visit Hollywood Studios!

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pie at Sweet Spells in Hollywood Studios

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pie at Sweet Spells in Hollywood Studios

There’s a lot to eat in the studios still, but some of it is just not worth the cost or the calories. Stick with our tips and you can rest assured you’ll be eating the best of the best.

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Review: Funnel Cake with Strawberry Topping and Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream at Oasis Canteen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Every once in a while you’ve gotta go back to the classics.

Let’s head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Oasis Canteen!

You’ll find this unassuming little kiosk in the back of Studios, near the Indiana Jones attraction.

Ice cream treats are the norm for this place. But at least once in the past, they took us by surprise when they offered a selection of savory options. That was mostly during a busy season when more eats were needed around the park, and since then ice cream and classic treats have returned.

In fact, the menu has changed very little from long ago visits — except that the prices have gone up. :-D There are also a couple of grown up floats to try here — both root beer and dreamsicle versions — that include Stoli Vanilla vodka.

Oasis Canteen Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Oasis Canteen Menu — Click to Enlarge

With all the changes taking place at DHS, who knows what will come next to Oasis? So let’s enjoy a favorite classic while we can! It’s funnel cake time. [Read more…]

News: Two New Dining Packages Announced for ‘The Music of Pixar Live!’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has an all-new musical show debuting on May 26 – The Music of Pixar Live! The nightly show will be performed in the Theater of the Stars and celebrates 20 years of Pixar films with music, characters, and a movie montage. Today Disney announced two new Music of Pixar Live Dining Packages!

©Disney

©Disney

The Music of Pixar Live Dining Packages allow guests to make a dining package reservation at a select restaurant and the package includes reserved seating for the show. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Margarita and Martini Flights at Disney World’s Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

In the exciting/frustrating world of Disney World ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations), some restaurants just seem to be tougher to get into than others. And the Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of those more difficult tickets.

So in 2013, the Disney gods (or Imagineers or restaurant planning mavens) smiled and — poof!– the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge was born.

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Bar

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Bar

And it was good. Right from the start, the Lounge became one of our favorite places to drop in unannounced. We could get all the glittery Hollywood-ness of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant without an ADR! [Read more…]