Restaurant Focus: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

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Sci-Fi Dine-In

In this new monthly column at Boardwalk Times. I will be giving Disney restaurant reviews and tips. In my first column I will be discussing the experience of Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. Disney pays attention to the details. It’s good to start off with a restaurant that uses theming as its selling point. Although the food is good at Sci-Fi no one goes for the food. They go for the elaborate experience. Guests want to sit in the old school car and watch old shows mimicking a 50’s drive in.

A great item to get at Sci-Fi Dine-In is the boneless chicken wings with the spicy buffalo sauce. It’s a item that doesn’t appear in Disney dining that often. The menu at Sci-Fi is very diverse. From a Flame-broiled New York Strip to a Drive-In BBQ burger. The variety is good for even the pickiest eaters. Also the cuisine isn’t foreign most of the items are well known dishes, unlike the new exotic Satu’li Canteen in Pandora: World of Avatar.

My favorite drink to get at the Sci-Fi Dine-In is a Cherry Vanilla Coca-Cola. The waiter refers to it as a classic soda that has a classic, timeless tast. Last time I was at the restaurant they served popcorn soup. Yes, you read that right popcorn soup. I’m glad someone removed that from the menu. I feel like Disney restaurants attend to be too adventurous sometimes. This time it was the case.

Sci-Fi is a acquired taste for some guests. Many guests dislike the fact that it’s very dark inside the restaurant. Also due to the movie clips playing it could get loud. The seating set up is in convertibles. So conversations with the entire group may not happen. Although I don’t have a problem with any of those some guests do.

As a fan of Walt Disney Imagineering this restaurant is a truly memorable experience. The restaurant is modeled by a 1950’s drive-in theater. One in Hollywood, California to be exact. Immersive dining enchants the overall Disney experience. There aren’t many 1950’s drive-in theaters anymore. Especially ones that play old clips and Walt Disney footage. Plus a drive-in that has a safe atmosphere inside a building.

The restaurant also hosts special Star Wars events. Hopefully that continues as Star Wars gets a larger presence inside the parks. I’m still worried that the area could get squashed for a future expansion. I hope that this unique and exciting experience stays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Sci-Fi Dine-In is a one of a kind experience. From the zany science fiction movie clips to the delightful drinks of the past. It’s one of the best dining locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Zach Perilstein is the Editor-in-Chief at Boardwalk Times.