Our focus returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as we take a look at what you can expect to find on quick service menus around the Park, along with some fresh reviews of past favorites along with some recently-added goodies(?). And yes, I am very excited to have to retake the photos of all of these menus after they remove the holiday-specific items in early January. And no, you still can’t buy a giant Hamm sugar cookie.
In our last Studios update, I added new reviews comparing 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Sci-Fi Dine-In, in addition to including a look at all of the current table service menus around the Park.
Woody’s Lunch Box, which continues to operate with just two registers in Toy Story Land, is the Park’s newest quick service. We’ll focus on it first before moving on.
We’ve taken a slow dive into the quick service’s lunch/dinner menu since the Land opened in late June.
The fact is that I don’t much like eating there given the fact that there’s rarely anywhere to sit unless you have someone camp out at a table while you spend 30+ minutes in line ordering or 10+ minutes crafting your mobile order on the My Disney Experience app and then trying to fight your way to the front of those crowding the food pickup window. The closer you are to the window, the sooner they will call your name. Everybody knows that.
It’s a shame because the food is pretty good. But there’s basically nowhere to sit in Toy Story Land outside of Woody’s Lunch Box, which also contributes to the crowding, so it isn’t like you can comfortably walk your food over to an empty bench. And unlike Casey’s Corner, where you’ll often find people sitting on the ground eating, you can’t even really do that in Toy Story Land or you’ll have people constantly stomping over you given the narrowness of the path on the one walkway in and out.
In an attempt to speed up service, Woody already dropped the Monte Cristo from the lunch menu just a month or two into operation.
You’ll also find breakfast served here from Park opening through 10:30am. Breakfast is also offered during the entirety of morning Extra Magic Hour with the lunch/dinner menu served during evening Extra Magic Hours.
Ordinarily, the website is not a big proponent of the theme park breakfast during the first 90 minutes of Park operation as wait times typically rise as it gets later in the day. And if you spend a half hour eating from 9:30am to 10am, then you’re just going to end up waiting that much longer at the destination that follows. But Hollywood Studios may not have a terribly long list of things that you want to do and you might find yourself back here hungry at 10:15am, considering whether you want to grab something now or wait 45 minutes for ABC Commissary to open. Given those choices, taking the time to grab breakfast might be the wiser choice. With fewer people stopping for a snack or meal earlier in the morning, you should also have access to a table without too much trouble and the two registers that Lunch Box uses are closer to adequate.
Here’s the lineup.
We begin with the $8 “S’more French Toast Sandwich – Marshmallow and Chocolate Ganache stuffed in Grilled Custard soaked Brioche encrusted with Graham Cracker Crumbs.”
I wasn’t as crazy about this as some other “reviewers.” On one hand, it’s not a particularly large portion for eight bucks, On the other hand, it’s such a sweet, sugary rush that I don’t think anybody is going to wish the halves were any larger. The Brioche, which is “Custard soaked” and then lightly grilled, ends up being damp and flimsy and lacks the crispiness to adequately contrast against the thin layer of melted chocolate and marshmallow.
If you’re looking for something sweet, the $3.29 Tarts offered here are among the best values at the Park. If you are headed for the S’more French Toast Sandwich then I’d probably consider sharing. It’s a bit on the messy side, but since it’s only about five bites per half, you can be on your way pretty quickly even if you do stop to sit down.
Next up, we have a pretty lousy picture of the $7.49 “Smoked Turkey Breakfast Sandwich – Thick-sliced Smoked Turkey Breast, Melted Swiss Cheese, and Scrambled Eggs on Grilled Sourdough.” Originally, this was served with Onions and Green Peppers, providing the sandwich with some spice along with some added crunch. For the sake of simplicity, those ingredients have since been removed, leaving a pretty bland sandwich that tastes faintly of salt and butter. On the plus side, the Grilled Sourdough enjoys a nice crispy quality and there’s quite a bit of turkey and egg going on, creating a sandwich that’s going to be more filling than the sweet S’more version. Still, it’s not a particularly compelling option.
The $8.49 “Breakfast Bowl – Hearty portion of Potato Barrels smothered in Smoked Brisket Country Gravy, Scrambled Eggs and a sprinkling of Green Onions” is the heartiest and most expensive of the dishes. It’s also my favorite item on the menu. Ordinarily, I would whine that the “Potato Barrels” are cooked in a toaster oven instead of being deep-fried, so they’re typically much softer than they are crispy. That isn’t as big of a problem here with the Sausage Gravy lending a pleasant meaty quality along with the nicely-seasoned eggs and crispy green onions. All told, it’s actually a bit of a gut bomb, unlike the other two hot entrees.
Last, and potentially not least, we have the $6 “Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Pineapple, Strawberries and Banana between layers of Vanilla Yogurt and Honey topped with Granola and Dark Chocolate Chips.”
At first, this sounded like a bit of an odd arrangement with pineapple, strawberries, and bananas mixed together, but it makes for a refreshing, tropical start to the morning on warmer days.
The mixture of granola and chocolate chips is served on the side, so you can mix in as much or as little as you want without any concern that it’s going to become soggy. It might not be a “healthy” option, but it’s at least “less bad” than the others and won’t weight you down on your walk over to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror like the Breakfast Bowl might.
This is the $4.49 “Mystic Portal Punch – POWERade Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine.” As far as I can tell, this is Blue Powerade and Sprite, which somehow comes out green, perhaps because that is the color of tangerine food coloring. The Sprite potentially helps thin out the viscous POWERade, while adding even more sugar and a little hint of citrus.
With regular fountain beverages coming in at $3.99, you’ll pay an extra 50 cents for a smaller cup of Mystic Portal Punch. If you opt for the Alien Sipper, it’s an extra dollar-twenty. It might make more sense to order a Sprite and a Blue Powerade and try to pour them into your mouth simultaneously and in turn, opening the mystic portal.
Overall, breakfast is easily the most pleasant meal at Woody’s Lunch Box, but I don’t think the menu lineup beckons going out of your way to experience it. I am apparently in the minority on the S’more French Toast Sandwich, but I’m more of a breakfast scotch guy than a breakfast sweets guy. It might be worth splitting an $8 sandwich at a cost of $4/person just to say you did. For more traditional breakfast flavors, the Bowl is the way to go. You could also split a Parfait along with one of the heavier items for a best-of-both-worlds situation.
We’ll move on to the rest of what Hollywood Studios does and doesn’t offer. I have a feeling that post will lean to the latter.