Review: Disney’s Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater

Exterior neon sign at Disney's Sci-Fi Dine-in TheaterEditor’s Note: This post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival #38. Read more great posts about all things Disney!

It’s been more than a decade since I’ve had a meal at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Back during my awkward teen years, I reveled in the chance to watch old, science fiction and horror B-movies thanks to Comedy Central’s “MST 3000.” At the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater, movie buffs and science fiction geeks will enjoy the opportunity to see clips from vintage classics like “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” or “The Giant Gila Monster.” Today’s teens will probably find the restaurant out-of-date, nerdy and totally not cool.

Since I don’t fit in that latter category and I still enjoy my science fiction every now and again (yes, I did go to a Star Trek convention in eighth grade), I still find this restaurant to be a fun draw even with its short reel of movie clips and vintage news stories, small tables and minimal menu.

Let’s take a look at what has changed in the more than 10 years since I’ve been back to Sci-Fi (and what hasn’t):

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Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic KingdomEditor’s Note: This post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival #27. Read more great posts about all things Disney!

Today marks 130 days until we’re at Walt Disney World again. We are all set to spend Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 at a villa in Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Then, on Dec. 4, we embark on a 4-day cruise of the Caribbean taking in stops at Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s own private island – Castaway Cay.

So, today I wanted to take a look behind how to make a dining reservation at the most magical place on Earth…

At 180 days, you can begin to make dining reservations for your meals at Disney World. The “advanced dining reservation” process can be a bit complicated since you need to count backwards 180 days from when you check in. That marks the day you can make your ADRs. For us, our 180 mark was June 4.

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Book Review: The DFB Guide to WDW Dining

Disney Food Blog Dining e-book coverI have to say that one of my fave spots on the interwebs is the Disney Food Blog. I must commend AJ Wolfe on the spectacular job she has done over the past two years compiling reviews, photos and mucho information to the dining at my happiest place on Earth.

Recently, AJ (and her awesome team of helpers) published an e-book titled “The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to Walt Disney World Dining: Steps to a Stress-Free, Personalized Plan.” Since I just bought an e-reader, what was my first purchase?

Of course you know what it was!

The guide is 256 pages of colorful photos, tips, planning guides and tidbits of knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else.  The guide takes out all the stress of getting those so-desired ressies at Chef Mickey’s character breakfast at the Contemporary Resort or dining with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom.

Even a die-hard Mickey fans like me can find some new info. For instance:

  • You don’t have to stay at a Disney resort to make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR).
  • There’s baby food (albeit limited) available to purchase at Baby Care Centers located in the theme parks. You can find diapers, formula and other baby needs, too.
  • There’s a place at the Polynesian Resort where you can get Dole Whips 24/7. (Mmm, Dole Whips…)

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Yeah, I Ate That: The turkey leg

 

Turkey leg wagon at Magic Kingdom.

A turkey leg wagon in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom.

 

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There’s a bargain at Walt Disney World. I don’t know how many people indulge in it. But for $5.75 you can get about 5 pounds of succulent, moist turkey. This isn’t your everyday Thanksgiving turkey. This is a brined, salty-to-goodness bird that drips down your chin and arm, and that will have you in a tryptophan coma in a few hours.

Tucked away in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland (also available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), you can find turkey leg wagons that churn out these gorgeous appendages of meat all day long. Having been to Disney World more times than I can count on all of my fingers and toes, I have only indulged in the turkey leg once.

On my honeymoon (the Disneymoon as we like to call it), dear hubby and I purchased our turkey leg and munched on it proudly. There’s something about chomping on the juicy turkey leg as you’re sitting outside The Country Bear Jamboree and watching throngs of people stroll merrily on their way to ride Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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