Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant - Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is home to some very unique dining experiences! Whether it's eating at Momma's house in the 1950's, taking a trip back to old Hollywood, enjoying a little ice cream from a giant Dino, or playing with Disney Junior characters at breakfast; this park is filled with fun food adventures. Sci-Fi Dine-In is truly one of these "don't want to miss" Disney experiences!
Located between ABC Commissary and Muppets 3D, it is easy to spot with its vintage car parked outside, which is perfect for family photos, and neon sign reminiscence from the time of the space race. By far, this is one of the most themed restaurants we have visited at WDW.
The restaurant is set up as a drive-in theater with the booths and tables made to look like vintage cars facing a huge movie screen playing a loop of sci-fi shorts, cartoons, and previews. A few round umbrella tables in the back are set aside for walk up guests, but to guarantee car seating, reservations are a must. This location is also available for the Fantasmic Dinner Package, but we suggest making an earlier reservation, if doing so, as Fantasmic closes the FP line early to allow for standby seating.
As this restaurant is set in the time of soda shoppes and drive-ins, the menu is decidedly nostalgic with it's milkshakes, hamburgers and fries. There are two special items that change seasonally - The Sci-Fi Seasonal Burger and the Sci-Fi shake. We tried both this trip. The shake was a white chocolate with raspberry swirl and the burger was a Fried Boursin Cheeseburger. Both were insanely rich and amazing.
We also had the Rueben and a cookies and cream shake, which did not disappoint. Usually with Disney, sandwiches are piled so high, a fork is needed to eat them. Thankfully, because of the low lighting and surroundings, the Rueben was just the right amount of stuffed to allow for optimal sandwich eating sans fork. All the milkshakes were a reasonable $5.50, including the seasonal, which compared to the other specialty drinks seemed like a steal. Did I mention they were amazing... because they were so good.
For kid friendliness, we have eaten here on several occasions with our little, and they are very accommodating of highchairs even with the constraints of the car tables and booths. In addition, the menu fit our picky eater perfectly, chocolate milk shake, cheeseburger, fries, popcorn chicken, apple slices, mac and cheese... If you are a bit more health minded for your kiddos, don't fret! Salmon, chicken, and whole wheat pasta are also available as a part of the Mickey Check meals. There is also a fun Sci-Fi Dine-In specialty cup with light-up cube called the Meteor that comes with Sprite or Coke that was super tempting after seeing the souvenir cup with Sci-Fi logo.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy B movie sci-fi clips, Wonderful World of Disney highlights, and cartoons showing the possibilities of "Tomorrow," as well as awesome milkshakes, while lounging in retro style; this is your restaurant!
Date Visited: 2/25/17
On Our Plate
- Sci-Fi Seasonal Burger (Fried Boursin Cheeseburger)
- The Reuben
- Onion Rings
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Kids Cheeseburger and Goldfish crackers
- Chocolate Milkshake
- Cookies and Cream Milkshake
- Sci-Fi Specialty Shake (White Chocolate Raspberry)
Location Price Range: $3-49
Tips and Overall Review
While Hollywood Studios is definitely in transition at the moment; Sci-Fi Dine-In is one of our favorite restaurants. It fits a niche that you can't find anywhere else on property with it's drive-in theming.
The food fits the theme well with burgers, ribs, sandwiches and milkshakes. There are a few menu items that seem just a bit contrary to the theme such as steak, shrimp pasta, and vegetarian shepherd's pie, which we chock up to Disney trying to make this restaurant appeal to a wider audience.
We love that this restaurant has seasonal items! Something about Disney trying new food combinations is always exciting to us and Sci-Fi Dine-In did not disappoint.
Between the kid-friendly food and movie reel, we felt this was the perfect location for our little. If your little is scared of the dark, even with a night light, this may not be the place for you. While there is plenty of lights to move around, it is set up like a drive-in theater with low lighting.