50’s Prime Time Cafe Review at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by josh on March 12, 2010

Food Type: American Comfort Food

Location: Echo Lake in between Hollywood & Vine and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.

Dining Plan: 1 Table Service

Cost: Appetizers: $6 – $10.49; Entrees: $14 – $22; Kids: $9.

Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland.

Menu:

All-day menu usually from 11am – Park Close: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/50s-prime-time-cafe/menus/

Bar: Located to the left of the restaurant, the Tune-In Lounge is a dedicated bar area that seats about twelve comfortably. Families will likely want a reservation inside the restaurant to enjoy the shenanigans and atmosphere, but singles and couples that don’t want to be tied down with dining reservations may enjoy the laid back atmosphere and ability to order anything off the regular menu.

Setting: 50’s Prime Time Café is a nostalgic throwback to what I’ve been told was a simpler time.  The restaurant features a number of period piece knick knacks as well as televisions that show clips from various 1950s era shows. Prime Time takes great pride in the good behavior and manners of its guests.  Your server, who will go by the name “Mom,” “Dad,” or “Cousin,” may harass your group if you have a tendency to put your elbows on the table, don’t eat all of your vegetables, or have the audacity to wear a hat to the dinner table.  Spilling something is not recommended.

Advantages:

  • If you don’t mind a few shenanigans with a helping of friendly harassment, Prime Time is a lot of fun. It’s a unique atmosphere not replicated elsewhere.
  • You should be able to order a shake or malt as your drink on the Dining Plan and they are delicious.
  • Inexpensive for Disney table service with average entree price at $19.
  • Fried Chicken and S’mores dessert are great and should be plenty for two to share.

Disadvantages:

  • Some people don’t appreciate or aren’t expecting to be harassed throughout their meal (try to put on your sense of humor hat before entering).
  • The experience also relies heavily on your server; you may get one that is in character when you don’t want them to be or one that isn’t in character when you were prepared to have a fun time with them.
  • Kids menu doesn’t offer smaller portions of favorites like the pot roast and fried chicken.
  • Relatively inexpensive pricing makes it a lousy value on the Dining Plan.

Tips: If you prefer a mellower experience, request a laid back server at check-in. The less popular items tend to be fresher and higher quality. Consider the fish, blue plate special, and chicken pot pit.

Table Request: Table with a television.

Value: Above average.  Although the experience relies on your server to a point, the overall atmosphere and decorations are fun no matter what.  The food is usually good and won’t break the bank.

Reputation: 50’s Prime Time Café is probably the best and most consistent table service restaurant at the Hollywood Studios.  The food is relatively inexpensive, prepared well, and the service is fun.  Just be aware of the possibility that you may be harassed by “Mom” a bit (or a lot).

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott April 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

Prime Time is a cant miss! If we are going to be in Hollywood studios we are eating at Prime Time. Good food and large portions. Relax and have a good time while the staff gives you a hard time its great and well worth going to.

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mike September 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I second the previous persons sentiment 100 percent

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Kelsey November 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

Only Table Service restaurant we ever do at HS! Love it! Also the only TS restaurant we’ve ever done more than once in a single trip!

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