One of the restaurants we were looking forward to trying at Disney World this year was 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios.
Based on a typical 1950’s style restaurant, you are immersed back in time as soon as you enter the check in area. Whilst you wait for your table, you will be asked to sit in the lounge area which is full of 50’s style furniture and old style TV’s. There is also a bar area if you would like a drink whilst you wait.
50’s Prime Time Cafe Theming
50’s Prime Time is an interactive restaurant. When you are seated, your server (cousin) will arrive and ask you to lay your own table whilst your drinks order is filled.
The level of interaction will depend on your server and you and your party eating. The servers are very good at seeing the level of fun you are willing to have as to how far they will act their part.
Examples of this include no elbows on the table, no using the walkie talkies (mobile phones) at the table, and you must eat all your vegetables otherwise there wont be any dessert.
The restaurant is decked out as a 1950’s kitchen on repeat. There are some tables with TV’s next to them, and TV’s on the wall. They are all playing the same TV clips from the 1950’s which were fun to watch.
50’s Prime Time Cafe Menu
When you eat in 50’s Prime Time, you can expect to find lots of comfort food style meals such as Dad’s stuffed pork chop, Mum’s old fashioned pot roast, Grandma’s chicken pot pie, Aunt Liz’s golden fried chicken, and Cousin Megan’s traditional meatloaf to name a few examples.
I chose the fried chicken as we had heard a lot of good things about it. I was given the option of having gravy on my mashed potatoes which I quickly accepted, and then the meal was served with vegetables.
The vegetable of choice wasn’t specific on the menu and when it arrived with sweetcorn, I was mortified as that is the one vegetable I really don’t like. I will admit to quickly passing them over to Hubby’s plate before our serve caught us as I didn’t want to get told off.
It is funny to be a customer in a restaurant and not want to get caught for not eating my vegetables. I have heard funny stories in the past of how the servers get you to eat your veg, and have even heard of people being fed them by the servers. (I didn’t get caught which was even better).
We were all nearly too full for dessert again (this is becoming a pattern with Disney World restaurants as there is so much food), however I chose an amazing cheesecake which was delicious.
Gluten Free At 50’s Prime Time Cafe
Our server was very thorough when chatting through the gluten free options for my Mother In Law. She wanted to bring the chef to the table to discuss options as quite a lot of the meals contained gluten and dairy. In the end a Caesar salad was chosen, but there were plenty of options to choose from or adapted which was another positive experience for eating gluten free at Disney World.
Dessert was gluten free chocolate brownie that we also received when eating at Hollywood and Vine next door. The brownie was nice, but a little chewy.
We arrived early at 50’s Prime Time and waited a little while for our table. The sitting room waiting area does get very crowded as there were a lot of people, and also lots of furniture dotted about the room.
Our server was great as soon as we sat down and gauged our personalities quickly. She was obviously busy but had the tables in her area well looked after. As she was bringing us our cutlery, she was delivering drinks to the next table, it was impressive how she did everything in a sequence.
When addressing us, we were referred to as Mom, Dad, Grandma and Abby. This was fun, and we were immediately told off fo having our walkie talkies at the table and asked to put them away.
Our table was laid out well, but she left us extra napkins as she thought we might be messy and need them! Hubby finished his drink a bit too quickly and after she delivered his second, she looked over and saw he had almost drunk all of that one too. The next minute she was at our table dropping off six new drinks and telling him she would be back with either a plastic sheet for later, or directions to the rest room if he needed them.
The banter was great and we were all chuckling along, both at each other and also at the other tables around us. Our server would get quite loud at times to incorporate all of us into the banter happening around us.
There was so much food and interaction, we felt the time just flew by. Our meal was included on the Disney Dining plan and cost us one table service credit which I think was great value. I would definitely book again in the future.