Have you ever wanted to go back in time and experience a drive-in theater? I certainly have!…and even though Walt Disney World offers you a chance do just that, I haven’t had the chance to give it a try – yet! Thankfully a good friend of mine recently visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios and graciously offered to report back on her dining experience at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.
Here’s what she had to say:
I chose the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater based on a recommendation from a friend and I was NOT disappointed. While waiting for our reservation my husband asked if the waiting area was supposed to look like the back of a movie set. Boy, was he right. The restaurant was a perfect rendition of a drive-in theater at night. The only real lighting was from the “stars in the sky”, car lights, and the huge movie screen set up in the middle of the restaurant. We were seated in our car (my family of four- 2 in the front seat, 2 in the backseat), shown how to work the speakers (on the side of your car) and given our menus. There are lights in your car so you can see the menu, but it was still a little tough to see.
The dinner choices were what you would expect from a “Disney Diner” (burgers, shakes, BLT, steak, ribs, salmon salad). And, to make every parent’s dinner complete – plenty of cocktails and alcoholic beverages to be consumed as needed. If you are a soda drinker, they have the option of adding cherry or vanilla (or a combo of the 2) to your drink. Another option which I don’t remember being offered many other places was a pomegranate lemonade which was a big hit with my kids. The kids’ menu had typical child’s fare (chicken nuggets, sliders, grilled cheese, and a wheat pasta choice).
Now, while you wait for your food to come, you always envision sitting and having a nice, warm family discussion about the day. The rides you liked, what characters you met, what you want to do when you’re done with dinner. But, does that really ever happen? It’s usually the time where the kids pull out their ipads, mom and dad check out social media and e-mails, or escape for some alone time in the bathroom. But, here, none of that is necessary. First off, you are essentially seated at 2 separate tables not facing each other. You can hear each other, but this does not lend itself to a family discussion. And this is done so that all members of your party are facing the movie screen. This negates the need for ipads and social media. I was a little concerned because the movies were shorts of old sci-fi films. But, both my boys (5 and 9) were into them and found them funny. My only complaint about the “movie” is that it loops. So, if you have slow eaters (which I do) they might get bored after seeing it the second time. Lol.
Overall, it was a great and very different dining experience. My family found the food really good. And, if you can save room for dessert, do. I got the warm glazed doughnut which was more of a cronut and it was incredible.
Thank you so much for sharing part of your vacation with us and giving us a glimpse into the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant!
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant accepts some dining plans, otherwise prices range from $15 – $34.99 per person. Reservations are recommended. You can find more information on Disney’s Official Website – click here!