Kaitlyn here again, and today it’s lights, camera, ACTION! on the next installment of my four-part series designed to help you plan your Disney vacation from the dining angle.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS), you and your friends can spend a day immersed in the glitz and glamour of the film and TV industry. It’s the only place where you can watch a gripping stunt show, a dazzling live production of your favorite Disney movie, enter the scenes of some of the most iconic movies in the world, and shake hands on the red carpet with Mickey, Minnie and the gang all in one day.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also where you’ll find some of the best themed restaurants and unique snacks in “the World”. Now, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is actually one of the four parks where I recommend a sit-down meal in the middle of the day. The park itself is going through a bit of a “turnover” with all of the construction about to take place. A lot of things are closing and it’s unsure when anything will be up!
I recommend hitting DHS’ handful of rides and shows as early as you can to avoid the longest lines. Then, have a late lunch/early dinner, sit down, and relax or catch another live show before getting to Fantasmic! early enough to beat the crowds.
Of course that’s just my opinion, but if you can build other plans that involve a sit-down meal, I recommend the 50’s Prime Time Café. The 50’s Prime Time Café is one of the most popular restaurants on property for its food and super fun theming. At 50’s Prime Time Café, you’ll be transported back in time to a 1950s household, where the waiters/waitresses are your sassy cousins who don’t mind making you set the table or telling you to eat your vegetables!
Here on “the east coast”, we’re kind of cheated out of the AMAZING fried chicken Disneyland’s Plaza Inn restaurant is famous for. 50’s Prime Time Café has the best fried chicken in Walt Disney World. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake! If you can’t get a table at 50’s Prime Time, you may want to try the Sci-Fi Dine In as an alternative.
If you’re determined to save money (or time!) on your trip to DHS, you may not want to stop for a table service meal. Sadly, Hollywood Studios is notorious for having a very limited selection of decent Quick Service (QS) locations. That’s another reason I recommend adding a table service meal to your day at DHS! The food scene is one of the things we’re hoping will change with by the end of the “turnover” going on in this park.
Until then, you just kind of have to deal with the food situation at DHS. It’s possible to do a day at just quick service locations! For breakfast, you’re sort of stuck with two locations. The first is the “Trolley Car Café” Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard. Starbucks is good because you can quickly grab a Frappuccino and a pastry or a breakfast sandwich and be on your way.
The second option is my favorite QS restaurants in Hollywood Studios, Starring Rolls Café! At Starring Rolls, you can grab a bagel, croissant or other pastry and a cup of coffee. The outdoor seating is quite lovely on a nice morning at Disney World with your friends. Starring Rolls is also a fabulous place to eat lunch if you’re in the mood for a sandwich or sushi, or you need something quick. Finally, Starring Rolls is the home to an amazing bakery that hosts arguably the best snack on property, the Butterfinger Cupcake. Chocolate cake filled with ganache and topped with a mountain of rich vanilla frosting covered in a hard chocolate shell topped with crumbled Butterfinger. A fantastic snack to share among friends. I’ll let my photo speak for itself.
For lunch and dinner, you have several other options to choose from. ABC Commissary and Backlot Express are hailed as the two best QS locations in DHS. ABC Commissary hosts several unique dishes such as an Asian salad, strip steak, and roasted salmon, whereas Backlot Express is more of a traditional “cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets” kind of joint.
One trend I’ve noticed is that people are lining up earlier and earlier to get into Fantasmic! If you and your friends are getting hungry waiting to cry over one of the best shows in Walt Disney World, I recommend you send someone to go grab something to eat at one of the several little stands along Sunset Boulevard across from Beauty and the Beast.
At Fairfax Fare, you’ll find BBQ chicken and ribs. At Rosie’s All American Café, you’ll find cheeseburgers, fried green tomato sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. At Toluca Legs Turkey Company, you’ll find none other than Disney’s famous turkey legs! No matter what you and your friends are in the mood for, you’ll find it on Sunset Boulevard.
If you start to get hungry in between meals, you’ll find a lot of great snacks around the park. Writer’s Stop is home to the famous Carrot cake cookie and other delicious pastries. I like Writer’s Stop because it also has a few books for sale- it’s the cutest little place in DHS! Perfect if you need to call your folks or take a break to write some notes for a TR.
During a hot day, you might feel yourself gravitating towards a giant dinosaur in the middle of Echo Lake. Dinosaur Gertie has some refreshing ice cream options for the middle of a summer day. Let’s say you need something healthy in your system. Don’t worry, Gertie’s got your back. She’s also got trail mix, granola bars, fruit, and pita chips. Shout out to you, Gertie, you the real MVP.
And don’t worry, you’ll find your standard Disney confectionary stand at Sweet Spells for those of you who crave a rice krispie treat or cake pop. Just be careful! The citizens of Hollywood Boulevard have been known to hound anyone who leaves Sweet Spells with a treat in hand 😉
As they say in show business, that’s a wrap for this installment! Next time, we’ll get a little wild at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
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