Dining at Disney Hollywood Studios

A Detailed Review of Sci Fi Dine In Theatre Restaurant at Hollywood Studios

Sci Fi Dine In Theatre Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants at Disney World. Which is rare for a restaurant without any characters. But it’s unique theming and location are one of the many reasons it’s placed high on many guests’ lists.

Sci Fi Dine In Theatre is found at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park. It’s one of the original restaurants and therefore has a parallel theme to the original vision of Hollywood Studios. Which was a working studio lot. As guests enter the restaurant they come face to face with large pieces of plywood, walking through the backstage area. The “set” is the restaurant. Classic convertible cars are spread around the room, all facing a huge screen. The screen shows clips from old Sci-Fi films, with snip bits of commercials and ads from the 50s. At the back of the restaurant is the kitchen, done up to look like the drive in theatre concession stand. The whole building is dark with a starry night being created by lights.

The food served here is fast food. The menu is full of burgers (5 in fact), a couple pasta dishes and a sandwich. As you’d expect from anything recreating the 50’s there’s a stellar list of milkshakes, including the Orbiting Oreo. An oreo shake mixed with Godiva Chocolate Liquer! A must! On the kids menu you’ll find macaroni and cheese, chicken strips and a cheeseburger. This is not the spot you want to eat if you are looking for health options.

The price of the items on the menu are extremely reasonable. Making Sci Fi Dine In Theatre a great choice for those paying out of pocket. The entrees range in price from $16 to $25.

When we visited here in January of 2020, we were a group of 10. Because we were such a large group they had to separate us. Most of the cars have three bench seats, the cars in the very back have a proper table with proper chairs. If you are travelling with a little who needs a highchair then I would request one of these tables.

We didn’t have a great experience with our server. He missed quite a few things and fudged on our bill. Not the quality service we’ve come to expect during a meal at Disney World. Our food was fantastic though. I had the Beef and Blue Burger, which was adorned with blue cheese, onion marmalade and bacon. And of course, I indulged in the Orbiting Oreo milkshake.

A couple things to keep in mind when planning a visit to the Sci Fi Dine In Theatre. The movies featured on the screen are a little frightening for younger visitors. Our kids (7, 5 and 1 at the time) loved the concept of the Dine In Theatre portion but wished the films being shown with more family friendly. The venue is extremely dark. Making it hard to look at your food and see what you’re eating. Which means you may make quite a mess.

The Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre was on my list of restaurants I couldn’t wait to come back to. I had eaten here on a family vacation when I was a youngster and had incredible memories. It is truly an unforgettable environment. I think everyone should experience this restaurant at some point. The food is easy and the design of the restaurant puts you back to a time where Sandy and Danny were swooning and Lucille Ball was making everyone laugh.

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