Hollywood Studios has doubled in size the last few years, adding a bunch of new dining locations to take advantage of on your trip to Walt Disney World. We wanted to build a comprehensive guide to the park that everybody’s eyes are currently on so you can determine what options are best for your vacation.
This is going to be especially helpful for first time guests who want to experience the best that Hollywood Studios has to offer. Whether you want a special sit-down meal with loved ones or a quick bite to take in line for Rise of the Resistance, we’ve got you covered!
Best Hollywood Studios Table Service Restaurants
#1. Hollywood Brown Derby
The Hollywood Brown Derby is Hollywood Studios only Signature Dining location and mostly lives up to the hype. The overall theme of the Derby is patterned after the restaurant of the same name from the Golden Age of Hollywood. You’ll find classic Hollywood decor all around, as well as caricatures of your favorite actors on the walls.
The original Brown Derby is where the famous Cobb Salad was born, therefore this one has the best salad in Walt Disney World. We always recommend the Cobb Salad for lunch to keep the meal light and a little less expensive. Lunch is going to run about $35 per person.
Dinner, on the other hand is worth spending a little extra (about $35 – $60 per person). The atmosphere lends itself better to couples or families with older children who want to enjoy a fine meal. The menu is made up of upscale American cuisine like roasted Duck Breast, Pan-seared Fish, and Char-grilled Filet of Beef. We always rank Brown Derby high on our big list of Best Disney Restaurants for Adults.
Finish it up with an Espresso Cheesecake to share or a citrusy Grapefruit Cake with a hot Joffrey’s coffee before catching Fantasmic!
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#2. Sci-Fi Drive-In & Diner
This beloved Hollywood Studios restaurant is known for classic American burgers and fries in a drive-in movie atmosphere. You’re in for a treat if you’ve never been to a real American drive-in. Each table is actually a car parked in front of a giant projector screen where you can watch clips of old cartoons and movies from the 50’s, when drive-in movies were introduced.
We really love this restaurant when dining with a party of 4 to 6 people as the cars will only fit about that many – otherwise your party will be split into different cars. The restaurant is also much more casual than the Derby and the costs for lunch and dinner run between $15 – $35 per person.
Enjoy a Classic Burger or try the Sci-Fit Seasonal Specialty Burger, which changes every few months and always features interesting toppings. Other meals include Pan-seared Shrimp Pasta or Oven-roasted Turkey Sandwich if you’re not in a burger mood.
Be sure to leave room for dessert at the Dine-in and splurge on a sweet like Sci-Fi’s Housemade Candy Bar, the Cookie Shake, or a Warm Glazed Doughnut with baked apples, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
#3. 50’s Prime Time Cafe
Another 50’s themed restaurant on the list, but we love this one for taking us back to grandma’s house – literally. As soon as you step into the restaurant, you’ll find yourself in a 50’s style living room complete with pastel accessories, family photos and old tv’s playing 50’s shows.
The dining area is set up to make you feel like you’re eating at the family’s kitchen table. You’ll see photos on the walls, keepsakes, trophies, kitchen accessories and more. This restaurant is great for family dining and pricing is about $15 – $35 per person.
Menu items include American family favorites like Mom’s Old-fashioned Pot Roast and Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. Guests older than 21 can also select an alcoholic beverage from Dad’s Liquor Cabinet.
The best part is that your server will treat you like a member of the family, assigning you chores like setting the table and tidying up after the meal. If you clean your plate, the server will tell you how good you did and will allow you to have dessert – we suggest the Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake!
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#4. Hollywood & Vine
Hollywood & Vine is the place to be if you want to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald in one place. This is Hollywood Studios’ only character dining location, so take advantage. We highly recommend it for breakfast, as this is the only reservation you can make to get you in to the park early and you’ll get to meet Disney Junior Pals instead.
Each meal period serves a large all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. Breakfast will have options like Pancakes and Waffles, Omelets and Breakfast Meats and Potatoes. Lunch and Dinner stations will include Pastas and Baked Breads, Seasonal Fish, Roasted Carved Meats, Salads, House-made Sweets and more.
The cost will be about $35 – $55 per person and while the food isn’t top notch, it’s well worth it for you to meet the characters without standing several hours in individual lines to see them.
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P.S. – We have separate, standalone guides to Hollywood Studios for each individual meal. Check out our guide to Hollywood Studios Breakfast, our guide to Hollywood Studios Lunch, and our guide to Hollywood Studios Dinner.
#5. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Mama Melrose’s is chock full of Italian dishes. If you’re in the mood for Italian fare, this is your sure choice for a good meal. We only rank this last due to the fact that it has little variety in choices and it’ll cost about $35 – $60 per person.
The theme is not anything outstanding, but it’ll transport you to a sort of Californian Italian eatery. Dishes include things like Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana, Saltimbocca, Shrimp Campanelle and the ever classic Spaghetti and Meatballs.
This one is great for the whole family and has a good kids menu for young ones. Nosh on desserts like Tiramisu, Gelato and Cappucino Affogato and don’t forget to look at their extensive wine and cocktail list to wash it all down.
Best Hollywood Studios Quick Service Restaurants
#1. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Docking Bay 7 is the absolute newest addition to the park and we are very pleased! It offers a wide variety of “out-of-this-world” dishes inspired by the Star Wars movies and is located at the back of the park in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Tucked away near the Millennium Falcon, enter the Docking Bay to order interesting dishes like Batuuan Beef Pot Roast, Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs or Endorian Fried Tip-Yip (chicken). Also try the Moof Juice, soon to be a widely loved drink from this new land.
#2. Ronto Roasters
Another great addition in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Ronto Roasters, a walk-up counter along the main pathway. We really like the short list of handheld options this quick-service restaurants offers.
For breakfast, try the Ronto Morning Wrap, with eggs, grilled pork sausage and cheddar in a pita bread wrap. Lunch and dinner options include the new favorite Ronto Wrap (more on that later), Galma Snack Sampler with bits of jerky, plaintains, pork rinds and more, and the Nuna Turkey Jerkey.
All of these are perfect handheld options for grabbing on the go.
#3. Woody’s Lunchbox
Woody’s Lunchbox is located in Toy Story Land and offers some really good comfort food in a small quick-service stand. Breakfast options include a hearty Breakfast Bowl of potatoes, smoked brisket gravy and eggs for adults and kids. Lunch is even better with the BBQ Brisket Melt, Grilled Three-Cheese and Smoked Turkey Sandwich with one of their many adult beverages.
Woody’s has some of the best snacks in the park in their multiple Lunch Box Tarts and the “Totchos” – think tater tot nachos. We also love their handheld Lunch Box Tarts which rotate seasonally.
#4. The Trolley Car Cafe
There’s one in every park – a Starbucks masked by a different name. The Trolley Car Cafe is Hollywood Studios’ Starbucks location and is right at the front of the park on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard.
The line tends to get long here as the cafe serves up all the usual and familiar Starbucks favorites. You can order Frappucinos, Refreshers, Espresso & Coffee drinks, Teas and Seasonal Beverages to your hearts content. It’s important to note that they carry rotating bakery items here prepared by Starbucks, as well as Disney’s own La Boulangerie bakery.
The Market Stand may not have many options, but they are home to Jack Jack’s Num Num Cookie: a large, warm chocolate-chip cookie tart. In addition to this, they have the ever-popular Mickey Pretzels and Disney Churros with chocolate sauce. For meals, they usually switch up the menu with selections like hot dogs, fries, chips or other similar items.
All are excellent on-the-go options, especially when paired with one of the frozen non-alcoholic beverages.
#6. Fairfaxe Fare
Fairfaxe Fare is one of our favorites located on Sunset Boulevard just before you turn into the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster entrance. Their menu can change from time to time, featuring Southwestern style food or even Chicago-style hot dogs and fries.
Our current favorite is the Pretzel Dog with bratwurst and stone ground mustard paired with a crisp Coca-Cola.
#7. ABC Commissary
ABC Commissary on Commissary Lane near Sci-Fi Dine-in is one of Hollywood Studios largest quick service serving stations. It’s a nice way to get a quick bite while sitting for a little while between attractions.
The food served here is nothing spectacular, but it’s a good staple for all meal periods. Try the Shrimp Tacos or Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich for something savory. Or snack on their delicious Steak Fries. They also have a nice selection of Allergy-Friendly food options, as well.
#8. Backlot Express
Backlot Express is located between the Indiana Jones’ Epic Stunt Spectacular and the Star Wars Jedi Training stage. It’s another larger quick service location with seating inside and outside to rest your feet for a bit.
The menu is mainly burgers, sandwiches and salads with a few Star Wars themed options. Try the Tatooine Two Suns Hummus, Wookie Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich or get a drink with a signature souvenir mug.
#9. Catalina Eddie’s
Catalina Eddie’s is another go-to sit down quick service location and all seating is outdoors under an overhang. This one’s located on Sunset Boulevard found after the shops on your way to Tower of Terror.
We like the Caesar Salad here, but they’re mainly known for their pizzas. They also have a decent amount of allergy-friendly options. Nothing too special here, but if you’re in the mood for pizza you can get it at the walk-up counter here.
#10. Rosie’s All American Cafe
Rosie’s All American Cafe is a good basic quick service location for hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches. We recommend it for lunch or dinner and it’s also on Sunset Boulevard near the other walk-up counters.
It shares the outdoor seating area with Fairfax Fare and Catalina Eddie’s, so your family has a decent range of options to choose from in this area. We like the 1/3lb Angus Cheddar Cheeseburger with Onion Straws and French Fries at Rosie’s.
#11. Dockside Diner
Dockside Diner is right on the shores of Echo Lake just before you get to the Frozen Ever After theater. It’s a simple walk-up stand serving mainly hot dogs and nachos and has limited outdoor seating.
The drinks may actually be more worth it here with their various milk shakes and alcoholic beverages to choose from. We recommend trying one of their Milk Shakes or their seasonal brownie with your choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream for a unique option.
#12. Epic Eats
Epic Eats is on the opposite side of Echo Lake next to the Indiana Jones’ Epic Stunt Spectacular. It’s known for it’s excellent Funnel Cakes with various toppings to choose from (more on that later). They also serve some ice cream, as well as a few alcoholic beverages to pick up on the go.
#13. Hollywood Scoops
Looking for some great ice cream? Hollywood Scoops has your back. This is considered the best place to find ice cream in Hollywood Studios and offers a wide array of options to suit anyone’s ice cream needs.
You can get a regular cone with your choice of ice cream or opt for an Ice Cream Sundae. They also serve Apple Crisp a la Mode, a Brownie Sundae and a delicious Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich. Adults can order the Hard Root Beer Float made with Coney Island Hard Root Beer.
#14. Kat Saka’s Kettle
Kat Saka’s is another new stand located in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, found along the pathway through the town center amid the shops. It only serves popcorn as a snack, but this is a special kind you can’t find anywhere else. This Outpost Popcorn Mix is a colorful blend of sweet and spicy flavors.
Kat Saka’s also serves the Bottled Orb Soda, or the round Coca-Colas you’ve been seeing.
PizzeRizzo, hosted by Rizzo the Rat’s family is mainly a pizza joint with pizza, salads and subs. You’ll find it across from Muppet Vision 3D before you enter Galaxy’s Edge.
There’s nothing extremely special about PizzeRizzo but it has some solid options if you’re in the mood for pizza at Hollywood Studios and has an indoor and outdoor seating area to relax and enjoy before you head out to the next attraction.
#16. KRNR The Rock Station
KRNR is a walk-up stand at the exit of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster filled with some good ol’ American nachos and chips. If you need a bit of a pick-me-up during the hot day, try a Frozen Minute Maid Lemonade or Frozen Coca-Cola to cool off.
#17. Anaheim Produce
Anaheim Produce is nothing fancy, but has a few selections to choose from in a pinch. You’ll find it tucked away in the corner of Sunset Boulevard just after you pass Hollywood Brown Derby.
Alongside the usual Churros and Mickey Pretzels, is the Frozen Golden Margarita, a signature drink worth trying. It features Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Bols Triple Sec and Sweet-and-Sour. If margaritas aren’t your thing, they also have a few craft beers that rotate seasonally.
Best Hollywood Studios Snacks
#1. Ronto Wrap
The Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters is by far the best snack you can get on the fly in Hollywood Studios, especially if you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty than a cookie or ice cream.
The Ronto Wrap is served at all meal periods and is made of Roasted Pork, Grilled Pork Sausage, Peppercorn Sauce and Tangy Slaw in a Pita Bread wrap. This is definitely one of the tastiest and most unique quick options at Hollywood Studios.
#2. Woody’s Lunch Box Tarts
Woody’s Lunch Box has several tarts that rotate seasonally and all of them are excellent. These are another great snack on the fly for you to grab before standing in line for Slinky Dog Dash or Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
They currently have a Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart that’s coated in delicious chocolate fondant, along with a Lemon-Blueberry Tart with Lemon Filling and Blueberry Frosting.
#3. Jack Jack’s Num Num Cookie
This warm, crispy yet gooey chocolate-chip cookie tart is one of the best sweet snacks you can get in Hollywood Studios. Described by some as the best cookie in Walt Disney World, the Num Num Cookie is the perfect size for sharing or indulging individually.
You’ll find this sweet treat at the Market in Pixar Place, where all the Incredibles themed stuff is.
#4. Funnel Cake
The Funnel Cakes at Epic Eats are the best that Walt Disney World has to offer. Choose from the extravagant toppings like the Cookies ‘n’ Cream with Soft Serve Vanilla (a crowd favorite) or the Strawberry Topping with Soft Serve Vanilla.
You can also choose to get it plain with powdered sugar for a great American classic.
#5. Carrot Cake Cookie
The Carrot Cake Cookie is perfect for our carrot cake lovers out there and makes a great snack when entering the park. It’s located at the Trolley Car Cafe, or Starbucks, on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard in the middle of all the shops.
The Carrot Cake Cookie is a delicious combo of two soft carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting sandwiched in between.
#6. Bavarian Pretzel
Described by many as the best pretzel in Walt Disney World (we would concur), the Bavarian Pretzel is found at Baseline Taphouse on Grand Avenue. It’s a huge, tasty, homemade pretzel that’s perfect for two people to share and comes with Beer-Cheese Fondue and Spicy Mustard for dipping.
It’s great paired with one of the many beers that Baseline has on tap.
The Totchos are about as filling as it gets for a snack on this list, but it’s a great shareable option for two people. The Totchos are found at Woody’s Lunch Box and begin serving at Lunch time, around 11am.
Totchos are made with “potato barrels” (or tater tots) and topped with Beef and Bean Chili, Shredded Cheese and Signature Queso with a dollop of Sour Cream and a sprinkling of Tomatoes, Corn Chips and Green Onions.
Best Hollywood Studios Drinks & Bars
#1. Oga’s Cantina
Oga’s Cantina is inspired by the iconic “Star Wars Bar” from Star Wars IV: A New Hope where Chewy, Han Solo and the gang end up before embarking on their epic journey. It’s remarkable how similar Oga’s Cantina’s vibe is to the original Cantina scene from the movie.
We’re big fans of DJ R3X, the droid who spins the tracks at Oga’s. Don’t worry about missing the original Cantina Band from the movie; DJ R3X plays their catchy song once every hour.
Disney considers this a Table Service restaurant simply because you need a reservation to get in, but there is no food served (except for a couple small items). The atmosphere and the drinks are definitely the main draw here. Our favorite orders are the Outer Rim, Jet Juice and the Beer Flight.
Oga’s is without a doubt our top “must-visit” spot in Hollywood Studios and it’s a shoe-in as a recommendation in our list of 110 Things You Must Do At Disney World.
#2. The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
Unlike the restaurant, the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge requires no reservations; simply walk up to an open space at the bar. You can get the famous Cobb Salad from the lounge, along with a few other upscale small plates and desserts to nosh on while you drink.
We suggest trying one of the classic Hollywood Manhattans or get the Side Car or Whiskey Sour to feel those old-time Hollywood vibes. A great option for sharing is the Martini Flight which features Classic Gin, Citrus Vodka and Pomegranate.
#3. Baseline Taphouse
Baseline Taphouse is a little confused as to what it’s considered – Disney’s website categorizes it as a Table Service restaurant and calls it a Lounge, but we would definitely consider it to be more of a Quick Service location. It does have a lounge-y feeling to it, but there is limited seating inside and you order from the counter – no servers are waiting on you.
The best part of Baseline, aside from the numerous specialty beers, ciders and wines on tap is the Small Plates & Snacks menu. The best by far is the Bavarian Pretzel, but we also love the Coffee-rubbed Rib-eye Steak Puff and the Cheese and Charcuterie Plate.
#4. Tune-in Lounge
Tune-in Lounge is actually inside 50’s Prime Time Cafe waiting area, so the bar here can get a bit busy with diners waiting for their table. However, it’s a great place to walk in and sit for a while if there’s room. The back of the bar has a bunch of old tv’s on the wall playing 50’s shows for entertainment and the bartenders are pretty funny, too.
The bar carries mostly wine and beer with a few specialty cocktails. If you’re looking for an interesting choice, try Dad’s Electric Lemonade which comes with a glow cube or the Magical Star Cocktail featuring X-Fusion liquer, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and Pineapple Juice.
#5. Milk Stand
This walk-up counter in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge houses the milks made famous in the Star Wars’ Skywalker Saga. While this isn’t really a lounge, it’s a great place to get refreshing drinks. Here you’ll find the Blue Milk and the Green Milk which can be ordered in a variety of ways.
The Blue Milk is a plant-based blend of coconut and rice milk with berry flavors. You can order it plain or with Barcardi Rum. The Green Milk is the same plant-based blend with tropical fruity flavors. This one can be made plain or with Corazon Blanco Tequila.
No matter which milk you choose, your order is instantly cooler in the Bubo Wumba Family Farms Light-up Souvenir Sipper cup.
Best Hollywood Studios Character Dining
As mentioned before, Hollywood Studios only character dining experience is at Hollywood & Vine. You can reserve breakfast, lunch or dinner here and have the chance to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy and sometimes the Chipmunks. Characters are subject to change.
Breakfast will get you into the park earlier than everyone else if you book the earliest time slot and the buffet will have a great variety of breakfast foods to choose from. All meal periods serve many different foods that are suitable to adults and children, as well as people with specific allergies, and it’s presented in one large all-you-can-eat buffet.
Best Hollywood Studios Dining Experiences
Fantasmic! Dining Package
The Fantasmic! Dining Package is our most highly recommended choice for dinner and a show. You get to choose from three different pricing options for your meal and then have first dibs at VIP seating for the Fantasmic! night time show. We recommend the Dining Package for anyone who is booking reservations at one of the restaurants below and also plans to see Fantasmic! during their trip.
The first option is with Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italian and costs about $43 per person. Second, is Hollywood & Vine at about $60 per person and third is Hollywood Brown Derby at $65 per person (the best deal on this list).
No matter which option you choose, your meal will include one entree, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage and a voucher for guaranteed seating at the show.
We stress the fact that you should plan your reservation wisely so that your dinner does not interfere with the show time. You’ll want to arrive at Fantasmic! at least 15 to 35 minutes before the show starts to guarantee the best seats.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is a great all-inclusive experience with food, characters and a fireworks show. The cost runs about $90 per person.
The party starts at Star Wars Launch Bay where a host of Star Wars characters will walk around for meet-and-greets. There’s also a few great photo ops and props for you to capture pictures on your own.
Star Wars Launch Bay has an excellent selection of desserts, as well as charcuterie and cheese, flat breads and dips, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for you to partake.
To end the party, you’ll receive a souvenir and be escorted to the exclusive viewing area to watch the Wonderful World of Animation, followed by the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show. We believe this experience could replace dinner for the die-hard Star Wars fans with the delectable dishes served here.
Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience
The Fantasmic! Dessert Party is a little less spectacular than the dining package, but it still gets you VIP seating and food before the show. However, the dessert options are lacking a bit when compared to the price you’re paying for this experience.
The cost is about $40 per person and includes a souvenir lanyard, one alcoholic drink for adults 21 and over or one non-alcoholic drink for younger people. It also includes a dessert tray with assorted fruits, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, cheese and crackers.
The best part of this package is that you get first dibs at VIP seating in the Fantasmic! amphitheater, but you need to show up about 30 minutes in advance to claim your spot before the theater fills up. We’d prefer to spend $40 on a great meal and book fastpasses for Fantasmic!
Hollywood Studios Private Dining
Private Dining can be booked for special family or business events where you tailor the food selection, location and even character meet-and-greets to the occasion. You can find out more by contacting Disney Meetings & Events about your next event.
Hopefully this comprehensive guide has you feeling more confident about which dining options are best for your group. It is a lot to consider as you’re planning, but eating well is one of the most satisfying things about vacationing in Walt Disney World!
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