Hands down the restaurant, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, that we enjoy the most for a strong dose of atmosphere, is the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater. In the past, we have enjoyed visiting just for an appetizer and a milkshake as we were never very fond of the food here. A recent visit has caused us to highly recommend you Drive In for the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater’s New Menu Items.
The menu is posted outside the restaurant in a fun display case. As you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater you can stop for a cup of iced water. We love the Speed Limit Sign at the water station. We did not have a reservation so we asked at the entrance podium if there was any space for hitchhikers. Luckily we would have less than a 30 minute wait. We gave a phone number so they could text us when our Car was ready and were told we would have 10 minutes to return. We love this feature of not having to remain just outside the building with one of those old pagers!
The menu now features some new additions to include Sci-fi Wedge Salad, Chili-Lime Salmon Fajita Salad, Classic American Burger, Vegetarian Falafel Burger, Southern Burger and the Drive in BBQ Burger. If you enjoy Boneless Chicken Wings, you can now choose from 3 dipping sauces; Spicy Buffalo, Chipotle BBQ, or Sweet Chili Sauce. Thankfully, the Milkshakes are still on the menu. The Kids Meals Menu features the Mickey Check Meals such as Grilled Salmon or Whole Wheat Penne Pasta. If those choices do not appeal to your little ones, they can choose Macaroni & Cheese, Cheeseburger, or Popcorn Chicken. The alcoholic drinks menu boasts Cosmic Concoctions, Sangria, Wine and Beer.
For our Allergy-conscious fans there is an allergy-friendly menu available. If you have an allergy in your party, the Chef will come out to speak with you about your allergies. Dessert is always a fan favorite, and we recommend anything on this list that suits your tastes as everything is delicious. Too full for dessert? That’s okay because you can try one of their Specialty Beverages like the Baileys and Coffee or the Godiva Chocolate Martini.
The Milkshakes are our absolute favorite item on the Sci-fi Dine In Theater Menu and we started with the Chocolate as this is a personal favorite. The Oreo Cookie is the most popular Milkshake on the menu and be sure to ask about any Specialty Milkshakes as these will not be listed on the menu.
We ordered the Drive in BBQ Burger with a side of Macaroni and Cheese. The Burger typically comes with French Fries, but one of us is not a fan of them so the Chef was more than willing to allow the substitution. We did not know what to expect but the Macaroni and Cheese was excellent. The four-cheese combination, along with the Bacon-Panko Crust on top, was a brilliant combination of flavors. The Drive in BBQ Burger had us feeling a bit skeptical as it is topped with both Fried Jalapenos and Crispy Onion Straws. Combined with BBQ Spice, House-made BBQ Sauce, Bacon and Cheddar on a Brioche Bun this creation was better than we imagined it would be. This was also the very first time we have ordered a Burger cooked to Medium at the Sci-fi Dine In Theater, and actually had it arrive cooked medium. The crunch of the Crispy Onion Straws went really well with the Fried Jalapenos. We like a little spice with our meals and we thought if the Fried Jalapenos were too hot, we would just remove them. That was not to be the case as these ingredients, when placed together, provide the perfect flavor for a juicy burger.
We are firm believers in the fact that no meal at Walt Disney World is complete without dessert. We opted for the House-made Sci-fi Candy Bar. This dessert is made with White and Dark Chocolate Mousse with Crispy Pearls sandwiched between Sponge Cake and dipped in Chocolate Ganache. Add fresh Strawberries with Cream and Caramel drizzle and you have your Candy Bar! You cannot go wrong with any items on the dessert menu, but this is a Fan Favorite and now we know why.
Your Car-hop will escort you to your Car at the Drive-in Theater. The Drivers sit in the front seat and may have a Hitchhiker or two join them in the back seat. If you are not a fan of the car set-up you can request a table as well. The tables are located on either side of the Concession Stand. Hitchhikers, and Drivers alike, are sure to enjoy the movie reel on the big screen. The atmosphere has always been one of our favorites of the Disney restaurants. If you have never been to a Drive-in Theater then you must check this place out during your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.
We can now safely say that we strongly recommend a visit to the Sci-fi Dine In Theater, not just for the Milkshakes and the atmosphere, but for the food as well. The Burger was the best burger we have ever had at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Macaroni & Cheese is truly something special. Be sure to Drive In for the Sci-fi Dine In Theater’s New Menu Items. You will be glad that you did.
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