Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Review – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Reviews of Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Inspired by 1950’s drive-ins, this indoor “dine-in” is complete with convertible-style tables and sci-fi flicks on a big screen. Come in for a “galaxy” of all-American entrees.

Visit The Mouse for Less  Sci-Fi Dine in Theater Lunch & Dinner Menu, Sci-Fi Dine in Theater Kids Menu

Cuisine: American

Service Type: Casual

Price Range: $$ ($15 to $35.99)

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner

Location: Commissary Lane

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13 Replies to “Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Review – Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

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    By far one of the best in Disney. The drive in theme is cool, you get to watch retro movies and the food was fantastic. We had veggie burgers. Plus it was quiet! Unlike all other dining experiences, it was not noisy and crowded.

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    Atmospehere and decor was retro cool. Food was excellent. Only problem is its very popular and the wait time with reservsations was one hour past our reservation time.

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    Be Sure to Try: Rubuen

    General Tips: Did not have reservations and we were able to get right in about 3 in the afternoon and there was 9 of us

    TheMouseForLess Tip: Not discounts offered here

    Extra Comments: Fun place to eat the kids liked it, the service was okay, nothing great, the food for the most part was really good, we had rubuens and cheese burgers for the adults and the kids had pizza, our granddaughter would not eat the pizza, I tried it too and it was not good, we were suppose to get 2 sides with the kids meals and they did not, we were charged for the sundaes we thought were to be included with the kids meal but were not? I do have to say I would not eat here again. It is dark in there, hard to read the menu.

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    Be Sure to Try: The caramel cheesecake, it is so good!

    General tips: It is really dark in there, you can’t hardly see the menu. There really is not much of a menu to choose from. My daughters hated the shrimp pasta. That was pretty much the only thing that even came close to anything that they would normally order off a menu. My 6 yr. old didn’t like the mac’n cheese, he ordered a salad for his appetizer and never got it. The butcher steak has an unusual seasoning or juice on it. My 15 yr. old DD had the apple crisp and after it cooled down, she liked it.

    Extra Comments: This place has 55 Chevy’s you sit in to eat. We were in 1 with 3 rows and 2 people per row. So that was kind of weird because you couldn’t talk to everyone you were with. I really did like the atmosphere, really cute theming. Just too dark to see the menu. If I had to pay to eat here, I probably would not choose to eat at Sci-Fi.

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    Cast of Characters – Anna (age older than dirt), Eilis (DD age 7) and Granuaile (DD age 2 and oh my goodness so close to 3)

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios is restaurant deficient in my opinion. I find it difficult to choose places to eat when we go there, but at the insistence of my 7 year old, on our recent Easter Week visit, I made a lunch ADR for the Sci-Fi.

    You will not find a better themed restaurant ANYWHERE on Disney property! You check in at the podium, and then when you are called, you are escorted to a 1950’s style convertible car, which is parked at a Drive In movie theater! This could not be a more fun premise. If you go here and eat nothing but dessert, you must go at least once to enjoy the trailers for a variety of B movies and commercials you might have seen at Drive In theaters back in the day. And then they bring you food. And you wish you were somewhere else. Like a real Drive In, where you could escape to the snack bar and grab a hot dog or a slice of pizza or a box of popcorn.

    In the past, I’ve sampled the burger and the turkey sandwich. Both descriptions read well. They seem like mouth watering tummy pleasers. But when they are actually delivered, it turns out that the descriptions were really ambitious and the guy in the back assembling things just throws stuff on bread and hopes you like it. There’s nothing special or spectacular about either the Angus burger or the smoked turkey sandwich, and in the long run, you’ll be disappointed that you spent so much money on such mediocre food.

    On this particular visit, my daughters each chose the kids’ meal burger. Eilis ordered hers with a garden salad, and Granuaile got a fruit salad, and then they split the two salads with each other. They also brought French fries, which I thought the salads replaced, but the kids enjoyed them and after my meal, I was glad to have them as well. I ordered them each a pirate punch, which is an outrageously priced lemonade, but it comes in a souvenir cup with a glowing Tinker Bell or Captain Hook, and the kids love them.

    There wasn’t anything wrong with the kids’ meals – but nothing special, either. And I wish there were more diverse options available on the kids’ menus! Now when I looked over the menu for myself, I was stunned by how limited the choices were if you are watching what you eat. I love salads, and the more packed they are with protein, the better. The only salad entree offered is the Beef and Bleu – which is a wedge of iceberg lettuce, slices of steak, and bleu cheese dressing, sprinkled with bacon bits. I can’t always eat steak due to my gastric bypass surgery a year and a half ago, so I was afraid to order this particular salad, since iceberg lettuce for a gastric bypass patient is about as helpful as eating a cardboard box.

    Next, I tried to avoid anything with bread – so that left out the burger, the turkey sandwich, and the Italian Grilled chicken sandwich. I was tempted to order the grilled chicken anyway, and just leave the bread off, but having had over-cooked issues here with a burger in the past, I was afraid the chicken would come out dry and inedible.

    At most restaurants, you can usually find SOMETHING you can eat on the appetizer side of the menu, even if you are gastrically altered, so I browsed there and found a salad and a bowl of chili that sounded good. The only dressing option on the salad was ranch, which I asked for on the side. It is touted as a mixed green salad with diced tomatoes and onion, so there was no protein in it, but with the 7 bean and beef chili, I figured I had protein covered.

    The salad and the chili arrive together, to coincide with the arrival of the kids’ meals, and that’s fine. It looks like a large, hearty bowl of chili, and the only problem I see is a huge pile of fried tortilla strips, which I can easily move off of my bowl, as long as I can find room on the table for the mountain of strips without blocking the view of the cars behind me. The salad, however, is just ugly. And the dressing is mixed in.

    Now, part of the problem here today is the service is so GOD AWFUL slow, I could have located one of the few remaining drive in theaters in the country, driven there, eaten something else, and driven back before I was going to see my waitress again. I held off eating the salad until she came back, but it was getting sadder and sadder looking and I was getting hungrier and hungrier, so I started to pick at it. You know how when you wash lettuce, it gets wet? And then if you don’t let it dry – or use a salad spinner – and you pour dressing on it, it thins out the dressing so it’s watery? And then you serve it and the plate gets filled with a white, watery substance while the lettuce drowns in a slow, wilting, painful death? That’s what happened with this salad. It had obviously been prepared WAY before it was served, and left to stew in its own juices quite a while. Had it not been for the diced tomato, floating like jetsam in the watery ranch juice that covered the lettuce, very little of the salad would have been edible.

    That’s okay. I have my chili to tide me over for the fortnight it might be until we see service again. I remove a good portion of the Everest size portion of tortilla strips, and dig into the chili. I want to tell you, the chili is GOOD. It’s not too spicy – a problem for some people with gastric bypass surgery – but it has a really nice flavor. There are chunks of ground beef, and lots of beans. Well, not really lots of beans, because once you remove the very, very, very, very, very, very, very (did I say VERY?) generous portion of tortilla strips and dig your spoon in, you find that the large bowl is about as shallow as a saucer and your spoon hits bottom very quickly. For about $7, you get half the size portion of chili that you might get in a Wendy’s large chili. It’s so disappointing, because it does taste good, and my lettuce soup isn’t enough to fill me up, even with my pouched off stomach :-( I could have used another bowl. Or two.

    Just as I was getting frustrated enough to leave and ask for my check at the podium, our waitress came over with two ice cream sundaes for the girls. The sundaes come with the kids’ meal, but they are made in advance and frozen, so you might find it takes a while for your kids to eat the sundaes. In addition, she brought them two ice cold bottles of water, since they had the pirate punch, because she thought the ice cream might make them thirsty. She did not charge me for the waters, so I felt awkward complaining to her about the food and the service. She was trying to be nice, after all.

    For the experience of the theming of this restaurant, I would say it’s a must do, at least once. If you go in expecting crummy food and lousy service, you might be pleasantly surprised, but at least you won’t be disappointed! As a side note, if you are a smaller party – like I was with just myself and two little girls – you will likely share a car with another party. We were in the jump seat of our car, with a family of four in the two rows in front of us. If you’re not comfortable with that, you might want to just enjoy sitting in the car parked outside the restaurant.

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    Atmosphere: I thought it was neat. The girls loved it but got a little antsy when a show was playing that they haven’t seen before. My husband and Brother in law loved it.

    Okay for Children: My girls loved it and still remember “the restuarant in the stars with the big tv where we ate in the car”

    Okay for Couples: I think so–yes, I mean my husband and I would go by ourselves.

    Be Sure to Try: Burgers and shakes were awesome. Good onion rings–good spinach artichoke dip

    General tips: Nothing really. Get the waiter to take a pic of your group in the car. We love to go back and look at our pics of us in the restaurants.

    TheMouseForLess tips: If you have 2 light eaters, you could easily share portions at this restaurant.

    Extra Comments: This restaurant seems to get mediocre reviews–we really enjoyed it though!! Give it a try.

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    Be Sure to Try: the fruit and cheese is a great appetizer for little ones that like grapes and apples, DD did not care for the yogurt that came with it though.

    General tips: You can stop here for a light lunch and order appetizers and desert only, which is basically what we did. We just shared some of the food that DD could not finish

    TheMouseForLess tips: DDE discount here, also the SM Sunday is big enough to share, it is huge

    Extra Comments: The restaurant is a little dark, so that it resembles a night drive through movies, this place has the greatest theme, and we love coming here. They sell cups that have ice cubes that light up. I got one on our last trip for DD, which she still plays with at home, so far the battery have not died. This trip we did not get one of those cups. I brought instead straws that glow in the dark. I got these from Extremeglow.com, they are like light sticks, where you snap the little capsule and then they glow. The straw has both ends pinched so the little thing stays in the center and when you drink the glow thing slides up and when you stop it goes back down. DD was happy with this. They also have some other great stuff on this website for glow in the dark fans.

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    Food: – everyone liked the food

    Service: – had a great waiter

    Atmosphere: – what a blast! Love the entertainment! Everyone had a great time sitting in a car and watching the movie clips.

    Okay for Couples: Yes, even couples enjoy it. You could request the area off to the back

    Be Sure to Try: Spinach Artichoke Dip was great. All the meals we tried were good.

    General tips: MUST do ADRs – saw people turned away constantly!

    TheMouseForLess tips: DDP

    Extra Comments: A great experience!

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    Be Sure to Try: Cheeseburger was really good. Reuben was huge!

    General tips: Definitely have an ADR! There were absolutely no lunch seatings available without an ADR that day.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Lunch is a good option. A bit cheaper. Reuben was huge and could have been shared, unless you are my DH. He won’t share any food. We had the DDE card and that saved us 20%.

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    Be Sure to Try: The milkshakes, they’re so delicious! I’ve heard people say how good they are, and didn’t try them until this trip.

    General tips: Definitely make an ADR if you plan to go here. We were here in the first week of December, which is supposed to be a slow time, and they were turning people away who didn’t have an ADR.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Go here for lunch when the entrees are cheaper.

    Extra Comments: I know this is one of the big hit & miss places for food quality at WDW, but we’ve never had a bad meal and really go for the atmosphere.

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    Food: – The appetizers and deserts were great. The main course however was horrible, the chicken nuggets were dreadful. The steak was lousy, hated the sauce

    Atmosphere: – The kids loved the cars and the funny movie clips

    Be Sure to Try: The chili was wonderful as was the sundaes

    TheMouseForLess tips: Maybe not dollarless but you could stop her for a appetizer and desert for a light lunch, this is probably what we would do in the future.

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    Be Sure to Try: The milkshakes!! We had the onion rings which were crunchy. The ribs were full of sauce and fell off the bones.The shrimp penne pasta was very good.

    General tips: If you don’t like sharing your “car” with others, ask for a table in the back if you’re 2 people or if you’re a family tell them you’ll wait for a smaller car. We had a couple behind us and we found it very uncomfortable. You can’t really talk to them since the seats are a little small for turning around in so you just had 2 people on top of you. You could hear their whole conversation!!

    TheMouseForLess tips: We used the DDE card here. I would share your meals. I gave DH some of my pasta and he gave me some of his ribs.

    Extra Comments: The place was really different. The films brought back many memories of being a kid. The service at times was a little slow, but it was very busy. I would get a table in the back next time. They looked a little more comfortable.

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    Okay for Children: YES…kids will love the theaming here.

    Okay for Couples: Yes?…if you don’t mind someone sitting in the front of your car…LOL.

    Be Sure to Try: The Onion Rings were great.

    General tips: If you do not wish to wait 2 hours for your meal make sure you make ADR’s!

    TheMouseForLess tips: The MYW Dining Plan is our hero!

    Extra Comments: We had excellent service this time! Our waitress split our entree in half, and I think we had full servings of french fries each. Very well done!

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