We had originally chosen Hollywood and Vine character dining as a dinner choice because we were pairing it with the Fantasmic dining package. In previous years when attending Fantasmic we had rushed around grabbing hot dogs before the show, and we wanted to take it a bit slower this time.
Being on the Disney dining plan, we could use a table service credit for the Fantasmic dinner and show. I chose Hollywood and Vine because during the Summer months, dinner was Minnie’s seasonal dine which appealed to us all.
The Hollywood and Vine menu consists of an all you care to enjoy buffet. It’s one of the Hollywood Studios restaurants, located just inside the entrance to the park. I don’t know how many times I have walked past this restaurant and not realised it was there! The waiting area outside doesn’t have a lot of shade, but there is a lot of seating. We were given paper fans whilst we were waiting as it was a very hot day.
As we walked in to be shown to our table, we spotted Donald Duck in front of a beach background with a photos photographer. We were given a ticket to exchange for our photo with Donald any time during or at the end of our meal.
The restaurant is large with lots of tables crammed in. We were a little close to the table next to us in a booth, and also hemmed in by a pillar. Normally I wouldn’t mind but when you are eating at a buffet restaurant, you have to keep disturbing the person next to you so you can get out again.
The Hollywood and Vine characters at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine were Minnie Mouse of course, Goofy, Mickey and Daisy, with Donald waiting for us at the entrance to the restaurant. We had lovely service in Hollywood and Vine which made up for yesterdays lack of service at Ohana.
The buffet stations are laid out in a good order, with salads, dressings and cold food at the beginning. The buffet looks huge but it is actually duplicated across the restaurant for ease depending on where you are sitting. I didn’t think there was as much choice on offer compared to Crystal Palace when we visited, however the choices of meats and mains were different which was nice.
We chose a lot of buffets so there would be something for everyone. Abby was enjoying the tater tots here, but she struggled to find a range that she was enjoying. Thankfully she likes lettuce, so salad was featured, but why are the salads pre dressed on a buffet? I would prefer to dress my own salad afterwards I think.
Whilst the food choice was limited, it was all cooked well and tasted nice. We certainly didn’t go hungry and had great interaction from the characters, even if they did move on quite quickly. I’m guessing it’s because the restaurant is so large and they have quite a lot of tables to get around.
Hollywood and Vine wasn’t my favourite buffet restaurant out of the ones we visited, however it was a good choice to combine with the Fanstamic dinner and show package. As our plans had changed for this evening and we were going to be taking the fireworks cruise instead of attending Fantasmic, we gifted our Fastpass ticket to a family who didn’t already have one.