When Disney World opened up Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge back in August of 2019 without the FastPass system supporting the first ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, we knew it was only a matter of time before it would take FastPass+ reservations. We just didn’t know how long that would be. Well, it turns out the wait is 174 days or February 19th. That is the day that the Hollywood Studios FastPass+ tiers will change and Smugglers Run will be added to the FastPass+ system. In this post we’ll tell you how the tiers are changing and what it means for your plans.
Throughout the year, Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts special character meals for lunch and dinner. The theme of the meal changes depending on the time of year. At Christmas, the character meal is known as Minnie’s Holiday Dine. As you might guess, it is a Christmas themed meal. Here in our Minnie’s Holiday Dine review, we’ll tell you what you can expect at this special character meal, including our thoughts on the quality of the experience, character interactions, and of course, the food. We’ll include pictures of it all along the way.
50’s Prime Time Café is an opening day restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then known as Disney’s MGM Studios). Very little has changed in thirty years of the restaurant operating, but nothing really needs to. 50’s Prime Time Café transports you to a kitchen found in homes in the 1950s, complete with all of the kitschy décor that was used to decorate a house back then. Here in our 50’s Prime Time Cafe review, we’ll examine the restaurant’s theme, atmosphere, and food. As per usual, it will include a healthy dose of pictures of it all too!
Last week, rumors started to circulate that Disney was changing the FastPass priority for Hollywood Studios in connection with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge on August 29th. When I first read about it I asked Carla if we should post something, to which she said “we’re not going to be one of those rumormongers!” Well now pretty much every Disney blog out there has posted something about the Hollywood Studios FastPass priority changing, so it doesn’t feel like a rumor now….even if Disney hasn’t released anything officially. There are verified screen grabs of the FastPass system showing this for club level resort guests that can book their FastPass reservations 90 days in advance, so it feels pretty legit.
The Hollywood Brown Derby is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is near the end of Hollywood Boulevard near the studio arch.
The Hollywood Brown Derby was an opening day restaurant when the park opened 30 years ago. It is a replica of the real Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood and fit perfectly into the theming of the Studios park as the whole Hollywood Boulevard recreates many famous or notable locations in Hollywood. This is the park’s signature dining restaurant.
On a recent trip, we made our way over to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Hollywood Studios. We have wanted to dine here for a while and finally took the plunge. Not just because we needed to do a Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant review, but because the theme and atmosphere always sounded intriguing. I have a couple of faint memories growing up and going to a drive-in movie theater. I couldn’t tell you what we watched, but I do remember it was a good time.
At Sci-Fi you’ll find a plethora of regular American style meals such as hamburgers, sandwiches, and barbecue to name a few. What we were really surprised by was the diversity of some of the not so traditional food. Items like the vegetarian falafel burger and the tofu lettuce wraps signal that this isn’t your regular burger and fries restaurant.
Welcome to the next installment of a monthly series we post. This is a bit of a recap post. We spend a lot of time reading and watching videos about Disney World to stay up on the latest news and trends. And maybe, just because there’s some fun in it for us! We call this series, the “Best of the Disney World Internet” and this is our February 2019 recap.
While going gluten free was relatively easy for me (it is amazing the motivation you can find after realizing how much better you feel when not eating certain foods!), one of the foods I miss the most is “true” Italian food. Pastas, breads, pizzas…without question, Italian food is my favorite type of cuisine to not only eat but also to cook. The gluten free substitutes satisfy the cravings but it just isn’t quite the same.
Nestled back in the Grand Avenue area of Hollywood Studios, you’ll find an Italian restaurant that blends old Italy and California. At least that’s its claim. Here in our Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano review we’ll walk you through this hidden away culinary experience.
Our review will include our thoughts on the atmosphere of the restaurant, the food, and its theme. As usual, it will also include lots of pictures.