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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
backlot, Disney Hollywood Studios
Average Member Rating: Member Rating: 4 out of 5
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Type: full
Cuisine: American
Price Scale: $$
Meals Served: L, D

The Sci-Fi Restaurant is an attraction in itself. The setting at this unique eatery is a drive-in movie. You sit in a vintage '50s convertible and watch old sci-fi movie clips. Fiber-optic stars twinkle above in the evening sky, and a carhop will come around to take your order. Choices include pasta, burgers, chicken, steak, a variety of sandwiches and milkshakes.

This MGM Studio's sit-down restaurant is located next to the Writer's Stop store. Priority seating is encouraged.

This is the place for a really fun and memorable meal. The service is exceptionally friendly.


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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Review

OLP Reviews a lunch from the past at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater in Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot, Walt Disney World®

OLP Review:

We're dining amongst the stars (slightly different ones than at the Hollywood Derby today; >) at the Sci Fi Diner


Where the ambiance is just like a night under the stars at the Drive-In theatre.


and the tables look a whole lot like cruisemobiles from one direction...


and two-by-two seating from another.


The movie reel is strictly 60's Science Fiction (quite a genre, n'est-ce pas?)




Even us reviewers took an eery "Sci-Fi" glow.


Amongst us, we ordered:

The Burger.  Sadly, Alan wasn't impressed enough with it to even take a picture of the 'insides'.  Our Burger Connoisseur gave this burger an OLP thumbs down with a 2.5 rating on a scale of 10.


The Barbeque Chicken Sandwich.  TigH gave this baby a two thumbs up with tender chicken and good taste!


7 Bean Chili.  I liked my Chili and gave it a solid "good" rating.


We also ordered the two salads and both got "good to excellent" ratings..
House Salad


Ceasar Salad


The piece de resistance for me (of course; >) was the sugar free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble with sugar free Vanilla Ice Cream (I had to call ahead with 24 hours notice to arrange for this.


It really was a fun-filled lunch with a waiter whose sense of humor really made it happen for us.  Ambiance and service got an OLP six thumbs up!
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Average member review 4 our of 5 stars.Member Reviews:
Super fun!
8/1/2013 by Ks112203
We went to Sci-fi during Star Wars weekend last year and they served special shakes for the occasion (blue food coloring and a glow stick to look like a light saber). They have great Oreo shakes! If you have a little one that doesn't like the dark or is scared easily, this may not be the place for you. We had to take a few years off of eating here because my little one said the movies were too scary.
Fun for basic burgers.
10/11/2011 by Ser Alan
Just had a burger at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, first time we've been there in quite a few years now.  The movie is still the same as it always has been -- pretty amusing bit of vintage clip-age.  The menu is pretty basic, mostly burgers with a few burger alternative -- so I ordered a burger.  It was a decent burger, but nothing really special.  The servers and the hostesses were quite a bit of fun, had a bit of that Prime Time Cafe thing going on.  This is a place you should try out once, but not so much for the food as for the experience!
Our Favorite Disney Meal of All
6/2/2007 by Kristin
We loved this place.  The atmosphere was very nice.  Surprisingly it was kind of quiet.  Our waiter (Micheal from CA) was excellent and had a great sense of humor.  My young son gave up a dollar and starburst from his pocket for him as he made him feel so special.  The milkshakes are to die for, the ribs were delicious and we were there the first night they tried their new steak and it was AWESOME.  For appetizers we had onion rings as well as the cheese/spinach dip.  Both were very good. This is on the Disney Dining Plan and was great for older kids who were getting tired of character meals.  A great switch.  I can say nothing bad about this place.  Be sure to ask your server to get your picture of you eating in the cars.  That‘s the fun part.
Neat Ambience
1/13/2007 by LP
It was neat here. The food was okay. The ribs were way too salty. The milkshakes were great. The appetizers were good. The burgers were good. My daughter and I were sharing a meal, and our server still brought out 2 drinks for us, and split our meal onto two plates, and we didn't even ask her to. The desserts were good too. Not noisy in here like I thought it would be, though can be noisy with the speaker right in your ear. Also very dark in here. We would probably go here again.
Fun, yet disappointing
8/19/2006 by Kait

As a frequent Disney World vacationer, I had never been to the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater until a just recently. Upon entering, I was refreshingly impressed with the theming and great service/servers. I absolutley loved the dining arrangment of eating inside of a car! When it came time to order, I went with the BBQ Chicken Breast, and was not impressed at all. The chicken was full of yucky chicken parts, and was "dried out." The fries were good, as they are usually at any Disney establishment. It was disappointing having to pay so much money for an all but great meal. Even though the meal was iffy, the experience without it was great. If I ever go again, I think I'll go with a salad! All in all, it was worth it for the ambiance and friendly/entertaining service.

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