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50's Prime Time Café at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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User rating:
Your rating: None Average: 3.2 (284 votes)

Park:

Land:
Echo Lake

Type:
Table service

Food type:
American

In this surprising restaurant, guests take on the role of the 1950s family as the wait staff ("mom" and "dad," if you prefer) serve up classic American dishes while you sit in the kitchen and watch sitcoms from the area on old-time television sets.

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Reviews of 50's Prime Time Café:

Nice Theme, Mediocre Food.....So-So Experience
Submitted by sirusstest
on Friday, October 18, 2013 03:46

If there's one thing Disney does well with their parks, rides, resorts, and restaurants....it's theming. That goes whether it's some little walk-by food cart, a quick-service meal, or a full table-service restaurant. Once they get their theme in mind, they go all out to immerse their guests in it.

At the Disney Hollywood Studios park, one restaurant in particular that comes to mind in succeeding in its overall theme is that of the "50's Prime Time Cafe". Once you step inside, you'd swear you were smack in the middle of some episode of "I Love Lucy" or "Leave it to Beaver". And that's just in the waiting area, which is aptly designed with vintage 50's era furniture. All around you, the place is just filled with 50's style decor and pop culture references making you feel like you truly are in a diner from decades past.

Now as far as the experience of having eaten there goes, I honestly can't say mine was all that good. First, I didn't care for too many of the food offerings on their menu and was hard-pressed to pick one thing out that I'd go with. When I got it, the food was really no better than at the quick-service places. That goes for the entire course.

Another issue was that we went in expecting the cast member waiter/waitress to really be in character and in the spirit of things. We had heard beforehand that they go all out to encourage people to "eat your veggies or no dessert" and live in the spirit of the 50's diner. Our waitress, however, either didn't get the memo that she was supposed to do that or didn't care because the service we got was simply standard. Took the order, delivered the food, gave us the bill, and that was basically it. She was nice enough, but was not playing her part.

So I guess if you read up on this place and decide to try it out, just be prepared for food that isn't horrible but isn't anything super special either (our whole party felt that way), and how good a time you have there will depend a lot on whether your wait-person decides to be in character.

2
A must do.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Saturday, September 14, 2013 17:34

Love this place. This should be a must do at least once. Good food & service.

5
Love the Bar!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Friday, September 13, 2013 20:23

I cannot say that we ate here, but we did enjoy a few drinks at the bar. The restaurant is decorated so perfectly - reminding you of every fun thing you can think of from the 50's (and I wasn't even born yet). The food looked and smelled amazing - but we're always at Sci Fi for our dinner while at this theme park. The bar staff was so fun - we enjoyed every minute. In fact, because we had a park hopper, we went back just for drinks later in our vacation. A great place for fun and silliness!

5

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