REVIEW – 50’s Prime Time Cafe: Not your average TV Dinner

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Make your way over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This park is home to one of my favorite rides, The Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror, and now one of my favorite Table Service restaurants. 50’s Prime Time Cafe, which is located by Echo Lake is a fully immersive dining experience that takes you back in time. Disney describes it best…

An Authentically Vintage Atmosphere

It’s a blast from the past when you walk into this all-American eatery themed like Mom’s kitchen. Bring your appetite and your sense of humor, because Mom and the extended family aren’t above giving you lessons in table etiquette—and doling out punishment to misbehaving boys and girls.

Mind Your Manners!
Pull a vinyl chair up to the Formica table and tuck into hearty home cooking like Mom’s old-fashioned pot roast, Aunt Liz’s golden fried chicken and so much more. Just make sure you wash your hands, put your napkin in your lap and keep your elbows off the table, unless you want a stern talking-to from Uncle Fred.

A True TV Dinner

For an extra-special treat, you’re allowed to watch TV while eating dinner! Take a seat at a retro TV table and enjoy black-and-white clips from popular prime-time shows circa 1955. After dinner, be sure to browse the dessert menu for sweet treats that include an incredible chocolate peanut butter layer cake and pineapple upside down cake—just like Mom’s!

My Dining Experience.

When I made our reservation for 50’s Prime Time Cafe (180 days out from our check in date), I had never eaten here before. It was going to be a brand new experience for us. I had not done a whole lot of research beforehand, as I wanted to have a clear mind as I dined. Reading about the restaurant on Disney’s website and checking out there menu, here, I was swept in by the atmosphere of the restaurant, but the quality of the food and the service will keep bringing me back to 50’s Prime Time Cafe for more. To see what bring me back to Disney World click here.

The menu was full of many great options and it was very difficult to choose just 1. As we were in the Disney Dining Plan, we each ordered a milkshake, entrée and a dessert. My meal consisted of a Strawberry Milkshake, A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes and Mom’s Favorite Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layer Cake. My wife’s mean consisted of a Vanilla Milkshake, Cousin Ann’s Traditional Meatloaf and Traditional Warm Apple Crisp.

The Food

Both milkshakes were delicious. They came in the traditional stainless cup used to blend the Milkshakes. We had some time to enjoy our milkshakes before the entrée came out. Talk about having dessert before the meal. My entrée consisted of a sample of Pot Roast, Meatloaf and Fried Chicken with all the fixings. Let me start off by saying I am not a huge fan of Pot Roast. The Pot Roast here was probably my favorite part of the dish. The vegetables and the beef were so tender, it practically melted in your mouth. The meatloaf and the fried chicken were also very good, but there was just something about the Pot roast that leaves me wanting more. Our desserts were also amazing. The Chocolate-Peanut Butter layer cake was very moist and decadent. The Warm apple crisp, which is a favorite of my wife, was amazing. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made sure that we got the most out of our dining plan. He provided us with great recommendations  and made our whole experience much more enjoyable.

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We had been seated with a view of Echo Lake and at a traditional dinner table, unfortunately we were not lucky enough to be seated at the uniquely themed kitchen table with the TV at the end, but we did have a TV up in the corner of the room. All and all, it was a great experience. I would recommend you check it out on your next trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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As a kid, I had visited Disney multiple times and it sparked a passion for all things Disney. In 2010, I proposed to my wife in front of Cinderella's Castle an since then it has been a large part of our life. Now as a father and experiencing Disney with my wife through our daughters eyes, our love for Disney has grown tenfold and I can't wait to share my passion and experiences with you.

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