When it’s time to break bread with giant, plush Playhouse Disney characters, it’s time to go Play and Dine at Hollywood and Vine.
That’s right folks, this is your opportunity to make your kids’ favorite TV stars come to life…and eat breakfast, too!
Hollywood & Vine is located in the beautiful Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Shades of mauve and aluminum chairs are the most descriptive decor, but there are some great photos of old Hollywood, along with some pretty fantastic murals on the walls.
Of course, the main events here are the Playhouse Disney characters. On my visit, we enjoyed meeting June and Leo from Little Einsteins, and Jo Jo and Goliath from Jo Jo’s Circus. These days, Jo Jo’s furry friend Goliath has been replaced by Mr. Handy Manny himself. (And, might I say, Handy Manny has to be one of my favorite Playhouse Disney shows, so I greatly bemoan the fact that I missed him by a few short weeks.)
Every half hour or so, the characters and their human counterparts put on a fun and energetic show, which kids are welcome to join. This is a lot of fun for the kids and gives Mom and Dad a chance to actually eat.
I hadn’t been to Hollywood and Vine for many…MANY years before this visit, and I must admit, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of food quality. It’s a buffet. It’s audience is primarily kids. How good could it be?
Turns out…quite. We really, really enjoyed our breakfast here. Apparently there was a bit of a Tex-Mex thing happening, with a chorizo and pepper filled scramble and make-your-own breakfast burritos. The fritatta was delicious. And the bread pudding and apple crisp for breakfast was not a bad addition, Disney, not bad at all.
While the offerings weren’t extensive, what was available was high quality, tasty, and made for a great breakfast.
I will reiterate: the reason to go to this restaurant is because you, or someone you love, is a huge Playhouse Disney fan. If that’s not the case, this might be one to skip.
That said, while I’ll probably pick Boma or Tusker House over Hollywood and Vine for breakfast, it was definitely on par with other kid-centric breakfast buffets in Walt Disney World. The food is definitely decent, so if your
food blog writer kiddo is clamoring to hug Handy Manny, I say give it a go.