Food Type: American
Location: Streets of America behind American Idol Experience and near ABC Commissary and Star Tours.
Dining Plan: 1 Table Service
Cost: Appetizers: $6-$11; Entrées: $13-$30; Kids: $9. Same menu for lunch and dinner.
Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland.
One menu (11am – Park Close): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/sci-fi-dine-in-theater/menus/
Bar: None, though occassionally a temporary kiosk is set up outside the entrance when it’s busy with a limited menu of bottled beer and well cocktails. Try High Octane Refreshments next to Studio Catering Co. and near Backlot Tour.
Setting: This is one of the cooler restaurants on property and has (arguably) the most unique setting of any restaurant at the Hollywood Studios. Diners sit inside replica cars at this indoor “drive-in theater” while old black and white movie clips, trailers, and commercials play on a large movie screen ahead. Above, the ceiling is lit up like the night sky, complete with twinkling stars.
- A great retreat from the bright, hot sun. Atmosphere is fun with or without children.
- Onion rings, burgers, sandwiches, and milkshakes are delicious. The burger isn’t on the dinner menu, but if you ask for it they shouldn’t have a problem preparing one for you at dinner too.
- Milkshake counts as a drink on the Dining Plan.
- The higher priced items aren’t particularly outstanding for the money.
- The seating arrangements can get a little odd. Each car sits up to six people with two people per row. Like a car, everyone is facing the same way, so it’s difficult to have a conversation. Request a picnic table in back if you prefer a more traditional table setting.
- The restaurant is very dark, which may make it difficult to see the menu or move around for those with eyesight issues. If your children are easily scared then the clips on screen might startle them, but nothing should scare anyone over the age of four or so and even then it’s rare that any child gets particularly upset.
- Reservations can be surprisingly scarce. Book early.
- Most entrees are under $20, making this a poor value on the Dining Plan unless everyone is prepared to order the steak.
Tips: Walk-ups are usually offered picnic tables in back, which isn’t usually quite as fun as sitting in the cars. If you’d like a car, make a reservation far in advance. If you’re not sure what you’ll be up to, it doesn’t hurt to ask if there’s availability somewhere in the restaurant.
Value: Above average on the lower priced items. There’s a ton of entertainment value here and burgers and sandwiches aren’t much more than the quick service fare next door.
Reputation: Sci-Fi is great for anyone looking for a fun, relaxing lunch. Although the food isn’t going to win any awards, the burgers and milkshakes are better than what you’ll find at any quick service at Hollywood Studios. Since dining choices are slim at the Studios, Sci-Fi stands out as one of the two better stops here. 50′s Prime Time is a better choice for those looking to have a conversation and see the menu/food in front of them. Nonetheless, if you’re planning two sit down meals or need a place to stop for a cool lunch, Sci-Fi is a great choice.