Sci Fi Dine In Theater at Hollywood Studios
By: Sarah McClure
October 24, 2017
Dining options at Walt Disney World Resort abound! You can dine with beasts, royalty and critters. You can try cuisine from almost every country in the world. You can have the Kitchen Sink for breakfast and do a pub-crawl for dinner. Or you may desire a restaurant with a completely distinctive atmosphere and dishes reminiscent of a simpler time.
Let’s go back to poodle skirts, convertibles, milk shakes and drive-in movie theaters! Let’s check out Sci Fi Dine In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Sci Fi Dine In Theater is on the Disney Dining Plan and is one table service credit. Advanced reservations at 180 days prior are highly suggested. This restaurant is on Commissary Lane near the Star Tours attraction. Tables can seat 4-6 guests, with a few options for larger parties.
As you walk up to the entrance, you will see a 1950’s convertible and an enormous sign.
Car Hops are there to greet you with a friendly smile, take you to the drive-in theater and seat your family at a table…? a car…? This is what makes your experience so unique. Your table is a car… your car is a table!
It is always the perfect summer night at Sci Fi, with the stars twinkling and the cars perfectly aligned to give each guest a great view of the movie screen. The sound is piped into your car through an authentic microphone.
There are some traditional round picnic tables toward the back of the theater. These are typically for guests without reservations. I would suggest arriving to your reservation a few minutes early and requesting a car table. When we have done this, the Cast Members have said that we are guaranteed a car table because we made an Advanced Dining Reservation.
The 45-minute movie loop consists of old science fiction B-movies with “scary” aliens, larger than life attacking bugs, evil mummies and robots gone haywire. Your kids are sure to laugh at the 1950’s technology and how “fake” the creatures look! Clips from Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color are also part of the loop.
Sci Fi is known for its unique fried pickles, sandwiches and shakes, though the ribs and steaks are pretty amazing! On our latest visit, my family ordered a varied selection of dishes, including the alfredo pasta with blackened chicken. The chicken was moist, but so spicy that my daughter would not eat it. She devoured the pasta, however.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Caprese sandwich, burger, chicken strips and the gooey mac and cheese. All of these meals were pleasant and flavorful.
For dessert we ordered an Oreo shake and the Warm Doughnut Sundae with apple pie filling, something I highly recommend!
Overall, Sci Fi Dine In Theater offers classic American dishes with consistently high-quality flavors. The best part of this restaurant is the atmosphere and service. Be sure to take the time to explore the license plates. All of which pay homage to a Disney Cast Member with their initials and birthday.
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