While counter service is not what many would consider top-notch at Hollywood Studios, their table service restaurants are some of my favorites when it comes to fun theming. The Sci-Fi Dine-In theater is one of my favorite places in the park for atmosphere, transporting guests to a drive-in movie playing old sci-fi film clips and cartoons on the big screen.
My friend Jen and I managed to score a car seat for two without a reservation, and we were so happy to be able to get in when the Disney app showed no availability for us. Unless you get one of the “umbrella” tables in the back of the restaurant, there is only a glow from the light tucked into the seat in front of you. This makes for not-so-fantastic pics, even with a decent camera, so I apologize (I won’t use flash in consideration of other diners, though I did quickly use the flashlight on my iPhone to grab one quick pic of my dish).
Jen ordered the Salmon BLT, which Matt had on our last visit. The sandwich is served on a crusty French Roll with Arugula, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Bacon, Red Onion, and Chili-Chive Aioli. She noted that the salmon wasn’t overly-fishy, and there was a good balance with the other elements of the sandwich, with the exceptions of the red onion. She said they were a bit overpowering.
I opted for the Chicken Wings, which are smothered in a Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce served with Blue Cheese Dressing and Celery Sticks. There were six wings in the order.
The Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce were definitely saucy and sticky from the honey. There was a small kick of heat, but it diminished quickly. The skin retained a bit of crispness despite all the sauce, but the meat was rather dry. Of course, that doesn’t mean that’s always the case. I’d probably order these again, and if they happen to be dry in the future, I’d stay away.
At Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, the food is typically a small step up from counter service in terms of quality, although the prices reflect otherwise. You really are paying the extra for the experience here. Here are the menus:
Overall, it was another fun experience. We love the movie reel, the atmosphere, and, for what we ordered, the food was fair for the price. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is still one of my favorite places to visit, even if it’s mostly for the fun of the restaurant. I always look forward to my next visit!
Do you like to visit the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater when you’re at Hollywood Studios? What is your ideal meal?