Travel back to the 1950’s and enjoy a classic car hop drive in theater! Tucked in a little back theater is the dine in, a truly out of this world experience! Inside you’ll find lots of authentic car shaped tables. (And a few regular tables at the far back of the theater.)
It is very themed, and one of the most themed options from ‘classic’ disney, something that I know nostalgic families love! It reminds me a lot of 50s primetime, but I also like 50s primetime a bit more (for both food and ambience!) but I can see the appeal of SciFi Dine in!
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
Let’s talk about the Restaurant!
They have options for single eaters and larger families, but groups larger than 6 would have different seating because of the unique seating arrangements!
I particularly enjoyed some of the shorts featuring Walt and some far back views of black and white films.
Hollywood Studios certainly has some fun themed restaurants, like PizzeRizzo which is Muppet themed, Hollywood and Vine, which dresses for the seasons, and Docking Bay 7 which is another out of this world experience.
Let’s check out my take on the Sci-Fi Dine-In food allergy menu and my experience overall!
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My review of the food and the restaurant!
The theming was great as far as the cars and the atmosphere. I did enjoy the way it looked but felt like they relied too heavily on low lighting to create the effect of the theater. (I’m sure it looks rather boring if all the lights are turned on!)
However, it’s important to note that this is not little kid friendly. There are several scenes on the movie screen that are violent and scary, like one where a giant alien impales a man with a syringe.
It’s certainly the stuff of nightmares that I wouldn’t want to deal with on a Disney vacation with little kids! Mama Melrose would be my suggestion for a younger kid/sensitive person sit down in Hollywood Studios.
I appreciated the help of the chef when getting my food and reviewing the menu, and like many other places, this restaurant was particularly hard for soy. I can do soy lethicin (the kids can’t) so they would have been left with a burger on a lettuce bun and veggies/salad.
However, there IS a dedicated gluten free/allergen frier. It is soy oil.
This place is also famous for shakes (the main reason I went!) But learned that they are made with Tofutti Soy based dessert, and they have no soy free alternative (like So Delicious).
What I ate that was soy protein free, dairy free, gluten free, tree nut/peanut free, fish and shellfish free
Since I was so limited, we went with Burger on a Lettuce Bun and baked fries. My chef was nice enough to run next door to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe for a safe Brownie (top 7 free contained egg) and brought it over for me to enjoy.
Overall it was a nice experience! I spoke with the chef and he said that accommodating Gluten, Dairy, Peanut and Fish was very easy with the meal. But egg and soy are a little harder if you have other allergies. Single allergens should have many options. It’s the ones with combos that will have some difficulty with safe combinations.