Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

8/26/15 Update: Menu updated and items added.

Min Bill's Dockside Diner Hollywood Studios

Location: Min & Bill’s is located inside of this ship on Echo Lake across from the Hyperion Theater that houses the Frozen Sing-Along. 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Hollywood & Vine restaurants would be directly behind it in this picture.

Food Type: Turkey legs, hot dogs, salads, soups, and macaroni & cheese.

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and a few items count as snacks.

Menu:

Menu Min Bill's Dockside Diner
Hollywood Studios Menu Min Bill's
Menu Hollywood Studios Min Bill's

Unique Items: With the exception of the Jumbo Turkey Leg, each item is somewhat unique. Even the hot dog is larger than most.

Advantages:

  • Plenty of outdoor picnic table seating.
  • Lines are usually short before 6pm.
  • Turkey Leg and Frankfurter are easily portable.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited menu.
  • No indoor seating.
  • The “shakes” are really soft serve ice cream, though the seasonal versions are usually above average.

Value: Average. While a few items are unique takes, this is more or less Disney standard quality and pricing.

Reputation: Min & Bill’s has undergone several major menu changes in the last couple of years, serving everything from pork shanks to bread cones filled with shrimp and guacamole. Those that do dine here for a quick bite seem to enjoy their food and the current menu is more varied than it has been in the past.

Food Choices:

Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll:

Min Bill's Frankfurter Pretzel Roll Review

The pretzel crust was delicate and chewy with a pronounced pretzel flavor.  Unfortunately, the dijon mustard didn’t add much to the mix.  There wasn’t a lot of it and the flavor didn’t pop like you might expect from a spicy mustard. Luckily, regular mustard and ketchup were readily available. The bagged chips are best skipped in favor of saving $2 by omitting a side.

Frankfurter Pretzel Roll Min Bills

The inside of the pretzel roll – one of the better values at the theme parks.

Jumbo Turkey Leg:

Disney World Jumbo Turkey Leg Review

Disney’s Jumbo Turkey Legs are more or less standard across property. As you can see from the picture, they’re considerably larger and thicker than the fountain beverage cup, offering a lot of smoked meat. What they don’t tell you is the leg is harder to eat than you might expect with thin bone shards making it difficult to bite into. Still, turkey legs are a theme park staple that everybody should try once.

Barbecued Pork Macaroni and Cheese:

Barbecue Pork Macaroni Cheese min Bill's Hollywood Studios

This is a hearty bowl of Disney’s standard macaroni and cheese, which is reliably creamy and cheesy, not unlike Stouffer’s. It’s topped with Disney’s standard pulled pork and crispy onion petals for a little crunch. Altogether, it works better than most of Disney’s other macaroni and cheeses.

 

Chocolate Milk Shake:

Min Bill Chocolate Shake Disney World Review

This is a “Shake” in the same way a Wendy’s “Frosty” is a shake. Which is to say, it’s soft serve ice cream in a cup. That doesn’t make it bad, just don’t expect to drink any with a straw. You’ll be scooping this up with a spoon.

Seasonal Shake:

Min Bill's Seasonal Shake Strawberry Chocolate Hollywood Studios

There are a variety of seasonal shakes throughout the year, from the “Blue Milk” version during Star Wars Weekends, to the Churro Shake when there really isn’t a holiday to celebrate, to the “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” iteration above. As far as Disney quick service milkshakes go, they’re usually your best bet and a good use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Frozen Lemonade with A Shot:

Hollywood Studios Frozen Drink Shot Three Olives Cherry

With Three Olives Cherry Vodka. Like other lemonades of this variety, it is prepared with a shot of alcohol poured first and then the non-alcoholic lemonade dispensed on top.

Disney World Frozen Drink Alcohol Lemonade

It was far too tart to the point where we threw about half out. Hard to say whether it was a one-off mistake or they tend to be like that.

Seating:

Min and Bill’s has several picnic-like tables with umbrellas out front.  There are also a bunch of benches nearby.  This isn’t a particularly popular quick service (though I recommend it) and there are usually available tables.  Head down toward Star Tours to sit at Backlot Express if there aren’t any tables or you prefer air-conditioned seating.  Backlot Express is two or three minutes away, past Indiana Jones and Sounds Dangerous.

Comments

  1. Regina says

    I tried ordering the pretzel dog without the chips to save the $2 earlier this month and was refused. I mean, he didn’t give me the chips but charged me full price anyway. So YMMV with some CMs.

  2. armscrossed says

    I tried ordering the pretzel dog without the chips to save the $2 on 12/23 and was told it was the same price either way. They did offer to substitute the $2.39 cookie for the chips as a ‘courtesy’ and it was the best chocolate chip cookie in (Disney) World.
    Try the cookie there – it is not discusting and it does not come sealed in a bag.

  3. LeeAnne says

    I loved the Ceaser Salad Roll. It was one of my favorites. You could get the frozen lemonade or milkshake as your dessert with it as part of the meal plan. I hope before we go in September they bring it back.

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