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pigletto
03-02-2010, 01:04 PM
We are thinking of Sci Fi for our upcoming trip. Our ds is six. Are the movies they play scary at all? He's not overly sensitive but I thought I should check.

And which meal do you prefer for Sci Fi.. lunch or dinner? I prefer a sit down dinner but the lunch menu looks a little more appealing.

johnsonet
03-02-2010, 01:07 PM
We are thinking of Sci Fi for our upcoming trip. Our ds is six. Are the movies they play scary at all? He's not overly sensitive but I thought I should check.

And which meal do you prefer for Sci Fi.. lunch or dinner? I prefer a sit down dinner but the lunch menu looks a little more appealing.

The movies are kooky science fiction, not scary :3dglasses

We've never been for dinner. Only lunch. If you going during the hot months, it's an awesome respite from the sun. It's cool and dark in there and surprisingly relaxing, considering it's usually packed and there are movies showing. LOL. I highly recommend Sci-Fi for a fun lunch!

MSLRAC
03-02-2010, 01:23 PM
The movies are kooky science fiction, not scary :3dglasses


I don't know if I would agree with that statement. My DD is 5 1/2 and a few of them scared her. We also caught a few questionable words here and there. But she kept her head down coloring unless a cartoon popped up because she just was not feeling the Sci Fi clips.

We went for lunch and it took forever! We were pushing 2 hours by the time we got out of there. I had the reuben and it was great but DH had a turkey sandwich and said it was tasteless. We also had horrible service. We had to almost beg for drink refills.

So it's one of those questionable places for us...it's wasn't horrible but it wasn't great. We might go back but if something better was available, we'd opt for that.

tink20
03-02-2010, 01:25 PM
We did lunch last summer our DS was 7 and he enjoyed the movies. If you do lunch, try to get an ADR when they first start to serve lunch, that is what we did and we didn't have to wait at all. We really enjoyed the atmosphere.

LilGMom
03-02-2010, 03:36 PM
My kids are 8 & 4 and they love Sci-Fi and have been going since before the first DS could walk. They absolutely love that we sit in a "car" and the movies aren't very scary at all. Think Tom & Jerry in space, The Attack of the 50ft. Woman, black and white sci-fi movies where you see the strings on the creatures, etc.

We usually go for lunch, have never been for dinner but have some friends that have had dinner and said that they also preferred lunch.

DH loves the chili and burger. I float between the Italian grilled chicken or turkey sandwich.

MSLRAC
03-02-2010, 03:48 PM
We did lunch last summer our DS was 7 and he enjoyed the movies. If you do lunch, try to get an ADR when they first start to serve lunch, that is what we did and we didn't have to wait at all. We really enjoyed the atmosphere.

We didn't have to wait to be seated but it took forever to get our food and even longer to get our check after requesting it.

Peanut Giggleface
03-02-2010, 04:41 PM
We had an awesome experience at the Sci-fi diner. I had read some bad reviews, but wanted to see what this place was like and decided to go for it. I'm so glad we did. The movies are cheesy sci-fi flicks from the 50s and there were a couple of times I thought they would be questionable for the younger ones. It totally depends on your child though. There were a couple of times my 10 year old decided not to look up, but she's a lightweight when it comes to scary things.

As for the food, everything we had was good. I had the reuben and a milk shake. My in-laws were with us celebrating their 50th anniversary and received a complimentary dessert. I want to say it was an ice cream sundae, but don't remember.

The thing that made this meal spectacular was the service. Our waitress was extraordinary. My daughter was 10 and qualified for the adult menu, but the waitress noticed she was having a hard time with it and gave her the option of the kids' menu. Later, she asked my in-laws about their anniversary buttons and when she learned they were celebrating their 50th anniversary, she went and got the manager and arranged for their free dessert. When she brought the check, she gave it to my eight year old because he was in the front "driver's seat." He explained that he didn't have any money and told her to give the check to his dad. She then explained to him what it means to sit in the driver seat and insisted he pay for the meal. He was really confused and told her again to give the check to my husband. We were all laughing by this time. :lmao::lmao: She came back a few minutes later with latex gloves and a couple of wet rags telling him if he can't pay then he'll have to wash down all the cars in the restaurant. :rotfl2:My son was pretty peeved, but he got up, put the gloves on and started washing down our car. A few minutes later, she came to inspect his work and to tell him he had 39 more cars to go. We had paid by that time and getting ready to leave when I noticed my son looking back and forth taking off his gloves. I could tell he was looking for the waitress. As we were walking out my father-in-law told my son that the waitress was coming. The poor little guy bolted out of that restaurant. I've never seen him run so fast. We were all laughing so hard we were crying. I did get some great pictures of him with gloves on washing our car. :rotfl:He never did get it that she was just playing with him. In fact I think they were feeding off each other. My son took her so seriously that she played it up even more, which made him even more serious, and so it goes. This was one of the best memories we had from this trip.

So go for it, maybe you'll get the waitress we had!!!

MSLRAC
03-02-2010, 05:29 PM
We had an awesome experience at the Sci-fi diner. I had read some bad reviews, but wanted to see what this place was like and decided to go for it.

I booked it for the exact same reason. I think it is one of those places on property that you really need to try at least once. Although our personal experience wasn't the best, I would still give it a shot.

nicki.momof3
03-02-2010, 06:53 PM
We went Easter 2009 - DS 6 years, DS 5 years, DD 4 years and they all LOVED it. Their favorite was Tom and Jerry go to space. They are huge Tom and Jerry fans so it really caught their attention.

It was their #1 request for our 2010 trip.

We do all dinner sit downs. It is a nice quiet meal (kids are entranced by the setting). Enjoy.

mommycrawford
03-02-2010, 07:04 PM
To get an idea of what scary movies they show...think "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Women from Mars"...campy B movies where women wear pointy bras and paper plates are UFOs. My DD has enjoyed it since she was 7, and she CANNOT handle Harry Potter. With the sophistocated CG stuff kids are used to, this looks like the paper plates and aluminum cans that it is.

Do be aware that it is dark in the restaurant, if that might be an issue!

KingdomKeepersFinn
03-02-2010, 07:07 PM
I don't know if I would agree with that statement. My DD is 5 1/2 and a few of them scared her. We also caught a few questionable words here and there. But she kept her head down coloring unless a cartoon popped up because she just was not feeling the Sci Fi clips.

We went for lunch and it took forever! We were pushing 2 hours by the time we got out of there. I had the reuben and it was great but DH had a turkey sandwich and said it was tasteless. We also had horrible service. We had to almost beg for drink refills.

So it's one of those questionable places for us...it's wasn't horrible but it wasn't great. We might go back but if something better was available, we'd opt for that.

Food wise is was the same.. THe food was almost tasteless and we didnt even get refills! we asked and we got them right when we were leaving.. lol I was so hungry after I ate like 2 popcorn::

pilotwife_02
03-02-2010, 08:08 PM
We had an awesome experience at the Sci-fi diner. I had read some bad reviews, but wanted to see what this place was like and decided to go for it. I'm so glad we did. The movies are cheesy sci-fi flicks from the 50s and there were a couple of times I thought they would be questionable for the younger ones. It totally depends on your child though. There were a couple of times my 10 year old decided not to look up, but she's a lightweight when it comes to scary things.

As for the food, everything we had was good. I had the reuben and a milk shake. My in-laws were with us celebrating their 50th anniversary and received a complimentary dessert. I want to say it was an ice cream sundae, but don't remember.

The thing that made this meal spectacular was the service. Our waitress was extraordinary. My daughter was 10 and qualified for the adult menu, but the waitress noticed she was having a hard time with it and gave her the option of the kids' menu. Later, she asked my in-laws about their anniversary buttons and when she learned they were celebrating their 50th anniversary, she went and got the manager and arranged for their free dessert. When she brought the check, she gave it to my eight year old because he was in the front "driver's seat." He explained that he didn't have any money and told her to give the check to his dad. She then explained to him what it means to sit in the driver seat and insisted he pay for the meal. He was really confused and told her again to give the check to my husband. We were all laughing by this time. :lmao::lmao: She came back a few minutes later with latex gloves and a couple of wet rags telling him if he can't pay then he'll have to wash down all the cars in the restaurant. :rotfl2:My son was pretty peeved, but he got up, put the gloves on and started washing down our car. A few minutes later, she came to inspect his work and to tell him he had 39 more cars to go. We had paid by that time and getting ready to leave when I noticed my son looking back and forth taking off his gloves. I could tell he was looking for the waitress. As we were walking out my father-in-law told my son that the waitress was coming. The poor little guy bolted out of that restaurant. I've never seen him run so fast. We were all laughing so hard we were crying. I did get some great pictures of him with gloves on washing our car. :rotfl:He never did get it that she was just playing with him. In fact I think they were feeding off each other. My son took her so seriously that she played it up even more, which made him even more serious, and so it goes. This was one of the best memories we had from this trip.

So go for it, maybe you'll get the waitress we had!!!


I wonder if we had the same waitress!

We went with our 2 and 3 year olds and they seemed fine with the movies, didn't scare them at all. They loved eating in the cars.

Our waitress was great! At the end she gave the boys the "ticket" (our bill) and told them they had to pay and asked if they had money. When my 3 year old said no, she told him he had to come with her and do dishes to pay for his ticket. It was really cute how she played with him.

She also gave them each licenses when we sat down (I think, I can't remember off the top of my head) and a glow in the dark cup with popcorn in it when we left for finishing their meals.

DH and I have always loved it there and really like the cookies and cream milkshake.

jdisnut
03-02-2010, 08:14 PM
I booked it for the exact same reason. I think it is one of those places on property that you really need to try at least once. Although our personal experience wasn't the best, I would still give it a shot.
Agreed. It's too ingrained in the Disney culture to completely ignore, even if the food is lackluster. I tried it with my family several years ago, and we left satisfied overall with the meal. We thought of it as an attraction more than a dining experience, which partially justified the mediocre burgers and sandwiches.

To address the original question, I cannot imagine your child having any trouble with the film clips shown on the screen. They are hokey and cheesy, obviously sanitized for the constant stream of children in the audience. Unless your child is particularly sensitive, you have nothing to worry about.

Peanut Giggleface
03-02-2010, 08:29 PM
She certainly sounds familiar. Now that you mention it, I think she gave my son the option of washing dishes or washing the cars. And yes, she gave both my kids licenses when we arrived. When were you there? We were there the first part of December.

I wonder if we had the same waitress!

We went with our 2 and 3 year olds and they seemed fine with the movies, didn't scare them at all. They loved eating in the cars.

Our waitress was great! At the end she gave the boys the "ticket" (our bill) and told them they had to pay and asked if they had money. When my 3 year old said no, she told him he had to come with her and do dishes to pay for his ticket. It was really cute how she played with him.

She also gave them each licenses when we sat down (I think, I can't remember off the top of my head) and a glow in the dark cup with popcorn in it when we left for finishing their meals.

DH and I have always loved it there and really like the cookies and cream milkshake.

pigletto
03-02-2010, 09:22 PM
Thank you for all the detailed responses!! I also feel like it's somewhere we need to try at least once, and the atmosphere seems really fun. :)

MyVirtueAidan
03-02-2010, 10:25 PM
We'll be eating here for Dinner this May.... Have never been there but I've heard the good and the bad but I need to find out for myself... My DS6 will love it but im unsure about my DD3... Not picky at all when it comes to food but I think it'll be fine! Well 74 Days to go!!! Wish us luck!!!

pilotwife_02
03-03-2010, 05:33 AM
She certainly sounds familiar. Now that you mention it, I think she gave my son the option of washing dishes or washing the cars. And yes, she gave both my kids licenses when we arrived. When were you there? We were there the first part of December.


We were there the end of October, so I bet it was the same lady! I wish I remembered her name so I could ask for her when we go back in May!