8 Things You’ll Love About Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant At Walt Disney World

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to two of the most whimsical restaurants at Walt Disney World. One is 50’s Prime Time Cafe, and the other is Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. There are a couple of similar themes between the two eateries. Both are supposed to take you back in time to the 1950’s. They also both have an entertainment theme. That is where the similarities in the themes end. If you haven’t ever eaten at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, it’s worth a trip for the atmosphere alone. The food is out of this world as well. Here are eight things that you’ll love about Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.

8) Menu

The menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant features American classics. Some of them have names that fit with the theme, such as Sci-Fi Wedge Salad and Dine-In BBQ Burger. You’ll find steak, burgers, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and other choices. Make sure that you save room for something sweet. What dessert says 1950’s better than a Hot Fudge Sundae? You might want to consider the House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar instead. The food at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater may not be overly fancy, but that fits in nicely with the theme.

7) Specialty Diets

If you have a food allergy or follow a special diet such as vegan, dining at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant should not be a problem. Make a note of an allergy when you make your reservation, and let your server know about any special dietary requests that you need to make. The chef and the staff are more than accommodating.

6) Breakfast?

There have been times when Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant has served breakfast. Both regular and character breakfasts have been held within the restaurant. Whether or not Walt Disney World will decide to serve breakfast there again is anyone’s guess, but with all the changes taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is always a possibility.

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5) Milkshakes

Milkshakes are a classic treat from the 1950’s, and the ones served at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant do not disappoint. You can order chocolate, vanilla, Oreo, or Sci-Fi Specialty Shake. If you are vegan or allergic to dairy, let your server know, or call ahead of time. If they have the ingredients on hand they can make a dairy-free milkshake that is just as tasty.

4) Movie Trailers

At Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, you’re supposed to be enjoying dinner at an old fashioned drive in theater. There is a screen at the front of the restaurant, and old movie trailers play while you eat. You might see trailers from Plan 9 From Outer Space  or Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. These are films that went on to become classics, but not because of their quality. The trailers add to the appeal of the restaurant. There are also short clips that will invite you to go to the concession stand. It’s a lot of fun.

3) An Appearance By Walt Disney

Keep your eyes open and on the screen at the front, because at one point you might see a clip starring the man who started it all. If you want to make sure that you don’t miss the Walt Disney video, ask your server when it is about to be on so that you can watch for it.

2) Always Twilight

At Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, it is always twilight. That makes for a beautiful atmosphere to dine in. It also makes it a little bit hard to read the menu, you might want to have a small flashlight or your cell phone on hand so that you will be able to see what is available.

1) Eat in Your Car

If your parents would not let you eat in your car while growing up, then you’ll feel like a rebel at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Most of the tables are cars. You’ll sit two across, and there are three rows per car. If you hear your mother’s voice scolding you for eating in the car and feel guilty about it, don’t worry. There are a limited number of picnic tables as well.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.