Let’s take a look at the quick service options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To be completely honest, I have, in the past, described Hollywood Studios as a wasteland of quick service food options. But, I am happy to say that some menu adjustments, creative additions, and the opening of Woody’s Lunch Box are turning that situation around. If you are in the Studios, you need to eat, and you don’t have a reservation, don’t despair! There are Quick Service options for you.
ABC Commissary is an interesting atmosphere, located in what seems a bit like an alley leading toward Sci Fi Dine In Theater from the area in front of the Chinese Theater. There are some tables outside, and the inside was based on a commissary at a TV studio. Inside is sort of a chrome look with greenery (including palm trees) around the restaurant. It is also a tribute to ABC TV as you look around at TV series posters and sometimes some props. The Commissary serves up lunch and dinner with an interesting menu including a BBQ Rib Platter, Fish & Shrimp, and Salads along with burgers. There are some different options on lunch vs. dinner with dinner adding a Teriyaki Vegetable Bowl and Braised Beef Enchilada. Want to skip the ordering line? ABC Commissary is one of the restaurants that allows mobile ordering through the My Disney Experience App.
Backlot Express is located just past the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and beside Star Tours and Jedi Training. Outdoor seating allows you some fun people watching and a bit of a view of Jedi training if you are in the right spot. There is also some covered outdoor seating which is nice. Inside the restaurant is like dining within a backlot on a movie set with all of the various shops and props needed to put on a production. It is fun to look at all of the details and notice some of the hidden meanings inside. The menu offers fairly basic counter or quick service fare like chicken nuggets, hot dogs and burgers. But, they do have some fun Star Wars themed menu items like the Dark Side Chicken and Waffles (featuring Darth Vader waffles), the Galactic Salad with Chicken, and the Royal Guard Burger. Those looking for something different will find a Cuban Sandwich, California Chicken Club, and a Caprese Salad. Specialty beverages include a Padawan Limeade, and there is a souvenir BB-8 Stein. Since Backlot Express is in a pretty major thoroughfare in the park it can be crowded during peak dining times, so if you can eat early or late you’ll be able to find more seating, and I always recommend using the mobile order option.
You can’t miss the Dockside Diner—it is a boat! Styled after the “California Crazy” architecture of the mid-century, the Dockside Diner is permanently docked on the shores of Echo Lake serving up quick service meals with outdoor seating only. The Dockside Diner’s menu has changed a bit over the years, but they are currently serving up some specialty Hot Dogs (including a Carolina version topped with pulled pork), a Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich, and Loaded Chili Cheese Nachos. Kids have a mac & cheese option here which is always welcome with my kiddos.
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PizzeRizzo is currently operating on reduced hours and seasonal closures, so it may be tough to catch it open for your pizza cravings. The restaurant is huge with indoor seating on two levels as well as several outdoor tables. It is directly across from Muppet Vision 3D. The theming includes sight and word gags as you might expect from the Muppet gang. Lunch & Dinner is served (when it is open), and has the typical pizza options (in the Disney style pizza): Pepperoni, Meat Lovers, Veggie and Cheese. There is also an antipasto salad and meatball sub. If only pizza can satisfy your cravings then you may want to check to see if PizzeRizzo is open; otherwise, you have a lot of other good options to visit in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
5. Trolley Car Café
Located right on Hollywood Boulevard as you enter the park (toward the end on your right), the Trolley Car Café is the Studios version of Starbucks. Here you will find all of your favorite Starbucks beverages, along with some grab-n-go food items for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. I do enjoy the sandwiches from the Trolley Car Café as an alternative to a hot quick service meal on a warm Florida day—as long as I can find some shady outdoor seating to enjoy it (and there is some around the corner on Sunset Boulevard). Typical of Starbucks, they also offer some pastries which can be a good option to walk and eat.
6. Woody’s Lunch Box
All hail the king of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Quick Service (in my humble opinion). The only downside is that this is an outdoor only eatery and while the table have umbrellas and there are fans—it can be pretty warm. The theming here is as magnificent as the rest of Toy Story Land with life size circles of Babybell Cheese for seating, notes from Andy’s Mom, Straws holding up the Christmas Lights and lots of Tinker Toys. The ordering area itself is so much fun just to take in the details. Woody’s lunch box has been propped open to form the canopy for ordering, and the kitchen is inside the box–notice the animal crackers match the prizes in Toy Story Mania. Woody’s Lunch Box serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and it is a great option for any of these. One of my favorite items are the Lunch Box tarts (Chocolate Hazelnut and Raspberry, or seasonal flavors). You can get these all day long. At breakfast there are savory options, but I’m personally in love with the S’more French Toast Sandwich. It is rich, so you could get the kids version that is ½ sandwich and comes with a healthy mandarin orange (and not so healthy potato barrels). For lunch & dinner everything tops the list for my family: the BBQ Brisket Melt, the Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich, and the Totchos. Signature drinks here are great too. I really like the non-alcoholic Mystic Portal Punch, very refreshing on a warm day. Woody’s Lunch Box is the hottest new thing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at peak dining times it can be impossible to find a seat, not to mention the line to order. Definitely utilize the mobile ordering option in the My Disney Experience app, and try to dine when others are not.
7. Sunset Ranch Market
Sunset Ranch Market is an outdoor market along the left hand side of Sunset Boulevard. There are several counters with different names and menus. It is nice for families because you can each get something you like in a food court type manner. Just keep in mind that you have to order separately at each one. All the seating is outdoors, but there are covered areas and fans. It is pretty packed with tables and benches, but if you go back to a corner you can find a bit more room—the further away you get from the counters to order the fewer people. It is also a great place to wait on people to ride Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror if you are not a thrill rider. Here are the options that make up Sunset Ranch Market:
- Anaheim Produce: This is just a quick grab & go where you can pick up some fruit for healthy fuel or to go along with something you order at the counters.
- Catalina Eddie’s: If you want Pizza and you are in this section of the park, Catalina Eddie’s is your place. Meat Lovers, Pepperoni and Cheese are options along with a Caesar Salad (to which you can add chicken). Kids can get pizza too or they offer the “Power Pack” of snack-y type items that my son loves. Mobile ordering is available here.
- Fairfax Fare: Fairfax Fare offers up some great Mexican or Tex-Mex options including an Empanada Platter, Fajitas, 7 Layer Rice Bowl and a Mojo Pulled Pork Sandwich. If Mexican is what you want, you’ll find some really nice options here. You can also use mobile ordering here.
- Rosie’s All American Café: Your typical “All American” Cheeseburgers and Chicken Nuggets are found here along with a Fired Green Tomato Sandwich. Mobile ordering is available through the My Disney Experience App.
Throughout the park you’ll find the carts and stops where you can purchase funnel cakes, popcorn, nuts, ice cream, etc. Over by Rock N Roller Coaster you’ll find a little more substance with KRNR The Rock Station—the menu here offers hot dogs and nachos.