Review: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater’s New Menu

At the end of Commissary Lane, nestled in an unassuming soundstage-like building, is one of the most unique restaurants at Walt Disney World — Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.

This restaurant will get you out of the hot Florida sunshine (or downpours if you’re here this week!), take you back in time, and provide a restful setting. Stepping inside, 1950s cars and kitsch will invite you to dine in an Imagineered drive-in at night time.

After being seated in your convertible car, the welcoming car hop will take your order while you watch classic clips from silly 1950’s horror flicks, cartoons, and news reels. Check out the snack bar commercials beckoning you to visit long-ago concessions stands for a truly vintage experience!

After glimpsing the new menu that was just unveiled last week (which features a burger + hot dog in one), we had to change up our trip reservations to stop by this restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Wouldn’t you?

Atmosphere

After checking in with your reservation, you’ll start to get the idea of what this place is about. 1950’s movie references are all around you — even tucked into the nooks and crannies of the soundstage set around you!

Movie Posters in Entrance Area

Movie Posters in Entrance Area

B-Movie Props

B-Movie Props

After a (usually long, in my experience) wait, you’ll be taken “down the highway” into the main dining area and your table.

When you first walk into this incredible room, you’ll be bowled over. At least I always am! I just want to stare for a while at the realistic looking Drive-In theater environment…the sparkly shining convertible cars, the picnic tables in the back, the stars twinkling in the night sky… [Read more…]

New Menu: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

UPDATE: See our review of the new menu here!

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater transports guests to an “outdoor” drive-in theater in the mid-twentieth century (a.k.a. the 50’s and 60’s)! ;-)

Hokey Sci-Fi film clips entertain while you wait for your food at your “car” table. Go ahead and let the kids have the front seats!

New Menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In

You know that Disney World has been changing up menus quite a bit lately, and Sci-Fi didn’t escape the culinary refurb.

Our friends Ryan S. and Kaila L. let us know on the Disney Food Blog facebook page about the change, and posted a photo for us, too!

New Sci Fi Menu -- click image for larger version

If you need a better peek, you can check out this [Read more…]

Upcoming Disney World Menu Changes: Rose & Crown, Beaches & Cream, and Sanaa

We’ve had a couple of menu update reports from friends of the Food Blog over the past couple of days! Here’s what we’re finding out…

Rose & Crown Restaurant

A new lunch menu started September 14th at the Rose & Crown in Epcot’s United Kingdom.

New Rose and Crown Menu - click for larger version

Thanks to @scarlettashley1 for the breaking-news tweet!

Sanaa

Over at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village, Sanaa will update its menu slightly this Fall. Our source isn’t sure of all the new details, but Sanaa will likely add [Read more…]

Guest Review: New Columbia Harbour House Menu in Magic Kingdom

I’m grateful to Marc and Amy Stumbo, who captured this great review of two new Columbia Harbour House menu items in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

As AJ noted last week, several of the Magic Kingdom quick-service dining locations have recently gotten some additions to their respective menus. When asked if I was willing to do a guest review of some additions to the Columbia Harbor House menu, I leapt at the chance for fame and fortune. While I now realize that neither of those outcomes are likely, the food was still worth writing about.

New menu outside. Not pictured: cast member confused by my desire to photograph this menu.

Atmosphere

The Columbia Harbor House is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square just around the corner from the Hall of Presidents and across the path from the Haunted Mansion.

I’ve always loved this corner of the park for its ties to our nation’s history, the superb attention to detail on the overall theme, the kinetics of boats coasting by, and the nautical theme carried into the restaurant. Check out [Read more…]

Review: New Le Cellier Signature Dinner

You remember when we analyzed the brand new Le Cellier Steakhouse Signature dinner menu a few weeks ago, right? Well, I finally had the chance to try it myself.

For those who are just tuning in, one of Disney World’s most popular restaurants, Le Cellier in Epcot’s Canada pavilion, began offering a signature dinner menu (e.g. super expensive) at the beginning of March 2011. While the restaurant remained priced at one Disney Dining Plan credit for lunch, the dinner menu cost two Disney Dining Plan credits. For those of us who don’t purchase the dining plan, that means that the dinner menu was renovated and all prices bumped up a few bucks…or more.

Atmosphere
The decor and atmosphere at Le Cellier hasn’t changed at all. You’re still dining in a very small “cellar,” featuring candlelight sconces on the walls (not real candles, of course), rich woods and deep maroon fabrics, and stone archways creating the structure of the restaurant.

Le Cellier Dining Room

Le Cellier Dining Room

Le Cellier Ceilings and Chandeliers

The only thing upon arrival that makes you think something might be slightly different is the presence of some snazzy new napkin rings (I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen napkin rings at a Disney World restaurant…) and candles on the tables… [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Hungry Bear Re-Opens with a New Menu

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers shares her review of the brand new Hungry Bear Restaurant menu today!!

After weeks of renovations, the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland’s Critter Country has reopened with a brand new menu.  We had seen the tarps and boards up for some time; we even took a sail on the Columbia to see if we could get a sneak peek at what was going on behind the scenes.  No such luck.  So, when the restaurant opened back up this past week, we headed over for an early dinner to check it out.  Hungry?  Why yes, we are!

Eager Beaver Welcoming You to The Hungry Bear

Location and Atmosphere
Let me start by telling you that Hungry Bear is in the way way way back of Disneyland.  I mean, we’re talking outskirts.  If you’re looking for a semi-quick way to get there, hop on the train and get off at the New Orleans Station, head left, pass the Haunted Mansion & Splash Mountain, follow the curve around to the left and you will find the Hungry Bear just before the Winnie the Pooh ride on your right side.

When we first walked up to the restaurant, we were a little nervous.  There were ZERO people in line, which isn’t really a great sign for a restaurant.  Especially for a Saturday evening during Spring Break.  I’m going to assume this was because people really didn’t know it was open.  There are still lots of walls up around the area due to the Splash Mountain refurbishments in progress.  So at the moment, Critter Country doesn’t look too inviting.  Though, as soon as [Read more…]

Menu Spotlight: California Grill’s Roasted Suckling Pig Flatbread

Sarah Holodick reports on a new menu item at the California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Matt and I went over to the California Grill for one of their famous Brick Oven Fired Flatbreads, and we spotted a Slow-roasted Suckling Pig variety had been on the menu for a little while. It’s made with Heirloom Apple Butter, Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, and “Cracklins.”

California Grill Flatbreads on Menu

We visited the restaurant’s lounge area specifically to try this flatbread. Our verdict: the flatbread was [Read more…]

Guest Review: New Menus and Menu Items at Le Cellier Steakhouse

Guest author Sarah Holodick has once again brought us some incredible info and a great review! Here’re her thoughts and photos from a recent lunch at Le Cellier — along with pics of the new menus and new menu items! Take it away, Sarah!

Back in May, yes MAY, I booked a lunch at Le Cellier for Matt and myself on October 23rd. Comparing it to the dinner I had there about a week prior, there was no contest; lunch was MUCH better. We had a 12:20 reservation and checked in just after noon. There were fairly heavy crowds that day – here is the line for [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 21, 2010

Disneyland Candy Canes: Image (c) Disney

Yay! After an absolute dirth of Disney Food news over the past month or so, we’ve got a lot to report this week!

And thanks to the OC Register for highlighting our Disneyland columnist’s Thanksgiving and holiday treat pics! (Thanks, Heather!)

And now, on to the Round-Up!

Yesterland takes a rare foray into the present day to review his 20 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seminars! Delicious! (You can take his word for it.)

DisneyGeek Has a great construction photo from the Disney California Adventure dining site.

Mousesavers.com‘s Mike Waring reviews Epcot’s La Hacienda de San Angel.

BritMick has tips and tricks for booking your Disney Dining from the UK.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake

Main Street Gazette was the one who told me about the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake! Here’s his review!

Party Through the Parks reviews those holiday drinks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (What’s wrong with a cup of sweet and sour mix with blue curacao?)

Gastropod Travels reviews a few bites of food and a LOT of drinks over at Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby!

Snowy Tundra Training has a bunch of fun “facts” about Dole Whips — but the pic is the best part!

DisUnplugged checks out WDW’s Downtown Disney Spice and Tea Exchange! Can’t wait to see it for myself!

Disney Parks Blog tells us about a new Steakhouse 55 menu!

Guest Review: New Studio Catering Company Menu

The fabulous Leigh Caldwell, known to you as Theme Park Mom, recently visited the newly re-opened Studio Catering Company in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and emerged with some great comments (and incredible photos) on the new menu. Huge thanks to you, Leigh, as always. Who else could use “pillowy” to describe a sandwich and have us know exactly what it means?!

Studio Catering Company Exterior

Studio Catering Company reopened with some fresh paint and a fresh menu a few weeks back, and I recently got the opportunity to give the new dishes a spin.

I have always loved the location of this quick-service restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially when traveling with a family. On crowded days, someone can wait in line at Studio Catering while another adult takes the kids to the adjacent Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground.

This particular trip was great for sampling a new menu, because I happened to be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with six adults and seven kids. Yikes!

I suggested Studio Catering Company for lunch because of the aforementioned playground and the fact that the place is huge, so I knew we wouldn’t have any trouble [Read more…]