12/10/15 Update: Menu updated and items added.
Location: Backlot Express is located in Echo Lake in between Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Star Tours. You’ll find it closer to Star Tours on the left side of it.
Food Type: Burgers, Chicken Nuggets, Hot Dogs, Salads, Sandwiches.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snack credits.
Unique Items: Royal Guard Burger, Chicken & Waffles, Galactic Chicken Salad, Correlian Spice Fries, Blue Milk Panna Cotta.
- Fountain beverage machines are accessible to guests so you can get as many refills as you want.
- Tons and tons of outdoor seating. Indoor, air-conditioned seating is also available.
- Inside, the theming is as good as any Disney quick service.
- Convenient location.
- Star-Wars-inspired entrees may excite some guests.
- The new Star Wars menu offers less variety with more expensive items.
- May close several hours before the Park.
- Much busier after an Indiana Jones Stunt Show because of its proximity to the exit.
Value: Average. Most items on the menu are Disney staples. The fact that you can easily refill your beverage is a nice bonus though!
Reputation: Average. I don’t think Backlot Express is on too many people’s “must do” lists, but the theming is very good and the food is prototypical Disney. The Star Wars additions are popular.
Royal Guard Burger:
I wrestled with what to order. I was originally going to go with the “Chicken and Waffles” that were listed on the map, but when I saw this disgusting looking hamburger I knew what had to be done.
I feel like it looks kind of good if you ignore the color of the bun, but like most Disney quick service burgers, it was pretty bad. Disney burgers are reliably low quality, overcooked, and a little bit too wet. The “beef brisket,” which I feel like you would expect to be slices of beef, is just the bbq-pulled-variety that I don’t think anybody could differentiate from the standard pork. The “Pumpernickel Bun” was somehow too much bread, too dry, and somehow at the same time unable to stay together under the moisture from the hamburger slime, oozing beef glop, and pickles. It was not very good.
Six dollars is a stupid price to pay for a mass-produced cold cupcake served out of a refrigerator. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
It’s your standard boxed lemon cake – far too dense and somehow drier than the burger patty. The weird shaped topping things are kind of crunchy chocolate bits. The only thing that ties it into Star Wars is the chocolate topper, but even there the design isn’t printed onto the chocolate itself or anything – it’s sort of like this wet toilet paper sticker thing that peels right off if you’re dumb enough to pick it up and try to eat it like I was.You can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Backlot Express has plentiful air-conditioned seating in several different themed rooms. Just like Restaurantosaurus at Animal Kingdom, the rich theming helps make up for a somewhat bland menu. You’ll also find covered patio tables that overlook Jedi Training Academy outside. The view isn’t always great because people will be standing in front of the stage, but the stage is elevated and the view is usually decent. There are also covered outdoor tables in front of the main entrance.
Backlot Expres is the only Studios’ quick service where you’ll find self-serve fountain beverage machines with free refills.
Otherwise, the condiment bar at Backlot Express is similar to others at the Studios. You’ll find your usual assortment of packets and tubs, but nothing special. Ketchup, mustard, and BBQ sauce are available in self-serve tubs, along with mayonnaise and relish packets. Buttermilk ranch is the available salad dressing.