Food Type: American.
Location: Streets of America behind Frozen Sing-Along and to the left of ABC Commissary.
Dining Plan: 1 Table Service.
Cost: Breakfast is fixed price, served for seatings between 8am and 10:15am: $26 for adults and $14 for kids.
Lunch/Dinner Appetizers: $8-$19; Entrées: $14-$32; Dessert: $6-$9. Kids: $9.
Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland.
Breakfast (8am – 10:15am): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/sci-fi-dine-in-theater/menus/breakfast/
Lunch/Dinner (11am – Park Close): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/sci-fi-dine-in-theater/menus/lunch/
Bar: None, though occasionally 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.
Setting: This is one of the cooler restaurants on property and has (arguably) the most unique setting of any restaurant at the Studios and potentially all of Walt Disney World. 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.
- Prices on the less expensive burgers, salads, and sandwiches are only a couple dollars more than quick service and are available all day.
- 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 in three rows 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, though the view back there can be lacking.
- 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.
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.