I’m not sure when we’ll get to it next, so we’ll take a very short opportunity to visit Hollywood Studios to check out the new Studio Catering Company menu. This post from a couple of weeks ago offers a more robust view of what’s going on at the Park.
You can’t really call this Sorcerer’s Hat removal anymore since the hat is…removed. Stage construction, maybe.
With the heavy spring break crowds, Disney had added a temporary FastPass+ kiosk outside the old American Idol Experience theater. Amusingly, it had a long line.
While the permanent kiosk around the corner had no wait
Disney Parks Blog ran a story a few days ago announcing the quick service in the Backlot area had received a mostly all-new menu:
The only surviving entree is the Greek Salad. As a reminder, this is the old menu:
Back to the new menu:
Only change here is the Vegetable Wrap instead of the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich.
ZIPZ branded wine is new as are the Shock Top Seasonal and Dos Equis.
So it’s some relatively major changes a few days before Easter.
Keep in mind that you need to check how late the Studios’ quick services are open:
Despite being a major quick service, it closed before most people will consider dinner. Usually only ABC Commissary, Sunset Ranch Market, and Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks) operate through Park close.
We’re joined by the Milz family, whom you may remember from past reviews at Boatwright’s and Mama Melrose. We’ll check out Shutters at Caribbean Beach Resort with them shortly.
Steve ordered the $10.49 Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwich – Braised Beef Brisket, Muenster Cheese, Arugula and Horseradish Sauce on a Ciabatta Roll served with French Fries. Here, the arugula and horseradish sauce (which is the same as what’s served on Backlot Express’s burger) are on the side. Interestingly(?) ABC Commissary now serves its Surf and Turf Burger with a Siracha Aïoli instead of the horseradish.
It’s stuffed with genuinely pulled beef on a fresh roll with a slice of cheese underneath. The sauce would add some heat and the arugula some crunch. The meat was a little dry without it. I think I would prefer to see the cheese melted. but it otherwise got two thumbs up.
Peggy ordered the $9.49 Deli Sandwich – Smoked Ham, Salami, Pepperoni, Provolone, Creamy Caesar Pesto, Lettuce, Diced Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Pepperoncini Peppers and Balsamic Glaze served with House-made Chips.
That’s quite the list of ingredients and despite so much going on, the sandwich fell a little flat with the immense amount of bread surrounding it. Even so, the flavors were fresh and unique with the olives, peppers, and balsamic contrasting well with the creamy garlic pesto.
I ordered the $9.69 Spicy Chipotle Ranch Chicken – Breaded Chicken Breast, Romaine, Tomato and Chipotle Ranch Dressing on a Ciabatta Roll served with French Fries.
On the positive side, it wasn’t just a defrosted and microwaved Tyson chicken patty like they serve at Pinocchio Village Haus, but that’s about the best thing that can be said about it. There was no spice to speak of and no kick from the small dab of chipotle ranch sauce on top. Overall, it was extremely bland and Disney is so cheap that they don’t even slap a slice of pepper jack cheese or something on it. A tub of Ken’s ranch did make it taste better, but that’s true of most things. It’s a shame because the chicken sandwich it is replacing was a lot more flavorful.
Lisa ordered what I think is the best thing on the menu – the $10.49 Turkey and Cheese Panini – Turkey, Swiss, Provolone and Honey Mustard on Sourdough Bread served with Tomato Basil Soup. The bread was lightly buttered and toasted and the cheese was perfectly melted around the turkey. The flavorful soup had a nice smooth texture with some hints of basil. Very good and very recommended.
The $7.19 Greek Salad – Romaine, Tomato, Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Red Onion, Feta Cheese and Greek Dressing Tossed-to-order is one of the better vegetarian options at the Park, though I always feel a bit slighted on the feta.
I haven’t had the opportunity to try the new Veggie Wrap, but the previous Grilled Vegetable Wrap was very good also.
That’s about it on that front. While not every item was a home run, the turkey panini and beef brisket sandwich are worth a hard look, as are the salad and vegetable wrap. The other two weren’t quite as good, but not so bad that I’d turn my nose up at eating them again. I’d keep Studio Catering Co. on my short list of Studios’ quick services.