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Hollywood Studios

The Brown Derby is actually a hat.

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lunch Review

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.

But man is it a fun experience!

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant Review

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.

Concept are of Batuu, the setting of Galaxy's Edge.

Best of the Disney World Internet – February 2019

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.

Picture of one of the seating areas at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, showing off some of the limited exteral lighting.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Review

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.

Picture of the exterior of Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Review

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.

Exterior shot of Hollywood & Vine, where the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine takes place.

Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine Review

This meal is thoroughly and completed designed for the toddler through early elementary-aged set that the Disney Junior shows are created for. The giant photo backdrop at the entrance features the characters that the diners will be meeting, plus there is Disney Junior themed décor throughout. The music loop features all Disney Junior music of current and “old”. So be forewarned that some of those songs could get stuck in your head for quite a while after breakfast.

Picture of Sofia the First from the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine.

Hollywood & Vine Gluten Free Breakfast Review

This is the next installment reviewing my experiences eating gluten free around Disney World. Here in our Hollywood & Vine gluten free breakfast review, I’ll cover the food but other topics related to the restaurant as well. This will include my experience, service, options and anything else I think others trying to eat gluten free may care about.

Picture of the Thanksgiving feast, which we cover in our Disney World restaurant reviews.

Disney World Restaurant Reviews

Did you know there are over 300 restaurants in all of Disney World? And if you split some of the different meals in the restaurants, there are lots of variations!

This is essentially a catalog of all our Disney World restaurant reviews. You won’t find a lot of detail and information on this particular page. The details are in the individual reviews. Our restaurant reviews feature pictures of the restaurants and food, coupled with our thoughts on the food, overall experience, atmosphere and if we think the restaurant is a compelling enough value to make it worth it to eat at.

Evening picture of Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios.

Hollywood Studios FastPass Guide

Within Hollywood Studios there are 14 attractions that allow you to use the FastPass system. Given the opening of Toy Story Land and the impending opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the FastPass system just got a whole lot more important at Hollywood Studios. We’ve already seen multi hour waits for Toy Story Land attractions. Those wait times will look like child’s play when Galaxy’s Edge opens up in the fall.

Using your FastPass well will can make the difference between a half to three quarters long day or a long and painful day at Hollywood Studios. In this post we’ll tell you all about the FastPass system and how to use it at Hollywood Studios.

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