The Best Meal at Hollywood Studios. Period.

Best Meal At Hollywood Studios Period
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When Hollywood Studios opened in 1989 as Disney MGM Studios, it was meant to drop you in the glamour of the movie’s early days. On the Backstage Tour, you watched as thousands of gallons of water flowed over your head or as Disney’s animators worked on their latest creation.

It was like a journey into the past—Old Hollywood with the Earffel Tower overlooking everything.

Included in that were the restaurants. There is Hollywood and Vine and the Hollywood Brown Derby. When you walked in, it felt like you were sitting at the table with Bogart and Bacall enjoying a smoke before heading out for a night on the town.

But all that has changed. The Backstage Tour and Great Movie Ride are all replaced with Toy Story Land, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad. Even the name has changed.

With all those changes, one thing has stayed the same, the restaurants. Sure, when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, Oga’s Cantina came with it. And coming soon will be the Roundup Rodeo BBQ to Toy Story Land.

Best Meal At Hollywood Studios Period

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But even with all of those changes, there’s still only one place to go for the best meal at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The 50s Prime Time Cafe.

When you walk in, you are thrown into an episode of Leave it to Beaver (ask your grandparents about it). While waiting for your table to be ready, sit in the rec room and enjoy the state-of-the-art black and white TV.

As you walk to your table, make sure you take everything in. The restaurant is a throwback to the 50s, or so I’m told. I’m old, but not that old. It’s just incredible.

Best Meal At Hollywood Studios Period

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Your waiter is going to insult you a little. Just go with it. It’s all part of the show. Start with the beer-battered onion rings with horseradish sauce. To rink, I leave this up to your taste, but I always go with Grandma’s Picnic Punch. It comes with a light-up ice cube that changes colors. It’s a little freaky, but you can permanently shut it off. I’ll admit, I probably have a half dozen of these somewhere in my house. Don’t judge.

Best Meal At Hollywood Studios Period

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For dinner, there’s only one choice. Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken is the way to go. The chicken is juicy and crunchy. It’s some of the best fried chicken you will have anywhere, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s that good. You can skip the veggie on the side, but your waiter will tell you, “no veggies, no dessert.” And they’re not kidding about that.

For dessert, go with the Traditional Warm Apple Crisp A La Mode. You can get that anywhere, but it’s insanely good. Now, that’s a meal. You’ll need a few minutes to walk off all that food, but it’s worth it.

I know that some other restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios are more popular, but you will not get a better meal than at the 50s Prime Time Cafe. The decor, the backstory, and the nagging waitress add to the experience. The 50s Prime Time Cafe reservations aren’t nearly in demand as the other restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But don’t let that dissuade you. It’s worth it.

You’ll thank me for it later. Enjoy.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s and may not reflect the sentiments of Disney Fanatic as a whole.

About Rick

Rick is an avid Disney fan. He first went to Disney World in 1986 with his parents and has been hooked ever since. Rick is married to another Disney fan and is in the process of turning his two children into fans as well. When he is not creating new Disney adventures, he loves to watch the New York Yankees and hang out with his dog, Buster. In the fall, you will catch him cheering for his beloved NY Giants.

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