The Hollywood Studios are such fun. I cannot wait to see what happens with the park once Star Wars is complete (though I will be so sad that they removed the Muppets hot air balloon!)

A day exploring an incredible reenactment of the Golden Age of Tinseltown makes for interactive rides and a touch of glamour. And with all this Hollywood glory, the park brings top-notch dining experiences to its guests unique to the theme of the starlets and silver screen. The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is just that.

Disney's 50's Prime Time Cafe - A Review
Disney’s 50’s Prime Time Cafe – A Review

The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is a small eatery that offers table service to patrons. It fills up very quickly so if you have your heart set on this restaurant, reservations are highly recommended. Walking into the establishment, “Flo’s Diner” came to mind as the servers were in old-fashioned dresses just like the cast of the show. Televisions play the “Dick Van Dyke Show” entertaining the parents of the era as they await their tables.

Dick Van Dyke Show!
Dick Van Dyke Show!

 

A true Diner feel!
A true Diner feel!

The 50’s Prime Time Cafe has a great menu of quite a few options suitable for family dining. Unlike the Brown Derby, this diner has cheaper options with a variety of comfort foods ideal for family budgets.

Once seated, absorb the atmosphere of the old days when jukeboxes were hip, and checker-tiled flooring was in style. Rounded appliances in various colours styled the kitchens as the cooks sported dresses beneath their aprons. A lot has changed in our world since those golden days of the 1950’s – the days June Cleaver sent Ward to work with a packed lunch…and for those who can relate to this nostalgic ambiance, this diner has it all.

With our Server Clad in her 1950's Uniform
With our Server Clad in her 1950’s Uniform

Now All About the Food…

Let’s start with the drinks. When I think of an old-fashioned diner, automatically milkshakes, floats, and sodas come to mind. These vintage drinks are not only delicious, but also timeless treats. We decided to ride the time machine and indulge. The root beer floats were delightful with just the right amount of ice cream combined with the fizz of the soda. They are ample sized so if you are thinking of ordering one, ensure you have enough room to finish a meal as well.

Root Beer Float
Root Beer Float

 

Just the right amount of ice cream!
Just the right amount of ice cream!

Next, we ordered old fashioned chicken noodle soup. Our lunch was simple thanks to dizziness endured in the Muppets 3D movie sitting way too close to the screen (sigh…) but I must say it was a hearty bowl of goodness, resulting in a much-needed nausea remedy. Served with a crusty slice of garlic bread, this soup will satisfy even the hungriest of guests as a main course.

Delightful Chicken Noodle Soup
Delightful Chicken Noodle Soup

It was such a shame that we didn’t want to eat much while at this signature restaurant as they are well-known for their blue plate special and Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. Ask your server for details on the current blue plate and decide for yourself whether to elect for the healthier entree or indulge in a finger-licking classic. Bring me some honey and I would be all set with that beautifully fried bird.

Famed fried chicken
Famed fried chicken

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Combining the vintage setting with classic family comforts makes a perfect gastronomic marriage for any family visiting Hollywood Studios. The meals are tasty and will not break the bank. The Root Beer Float was a classic treat perfect for a hot summer’s day and the milkshakes perfect for a sweet indulgence. Bon appetit!

*****

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