50s Prime or Sci-Fi Dine-In

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reservations' started by mkissa, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. mkissa

    mkissa Earning My Ears

    Jan 31, 2013
    Hello All! I Have been lurking here on the boards and reading trip reports like crazy. My Husband is a CM here at The Disneyland Hotel in Southern California and we are making our first trek across the US to visit WDW!! We are so so so excited.

    I am trying to get our ADRs in place for our May visit and I (even after reading loads of trip reports) am still confused as to which of these two restaurants we should enjoy for lunch on our Hollywood Studios day.

    Any and all advice and recommendations are much appreciated! Thank you!
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  3. Jacquie668

    Jacquie668 Mouseketeer

    Jan 17, 2013
    We are going sci-fi all the way! That is one place I'm really excited about and well it just is my cup-of-tea haha. We are doing dinner there though and lunch I think we were looking at quick service.
  4. karenlynn416

    karenlynn416 Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2011
    I love love LOVE the "dining experience" at 50's prime time cafe. A lot of the foods they serve are a little heavy, (fried chicken, meat loaf, pot pies, etc.) so if you choose to go there, I'd say its more of a dinner type restaurant. I think they have some salads and a sandwich or two also.

    I think what makes 50s one of my favorites is the interaction with CMs. It's just a really interesting experience, and we always spend a lot of time laughing when we go.

    I like sci-fi, don't get me wrong... but if i had to pick one or the other, it would be 50s! :)
  5. kccne

    kccne Earning My Ears

    Jan 21, 2013
    We are doing the 50's cafe when we go, I've talked to several people who have been and they said that they LOVED it.
  6. FiggieFan

    FiggieFan DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2012
    We are squeezing both into our next trip, but 50's Prime Time is one of our favorites and a must do every trip. The sampler platter is great - a little bit of everything (pot roast, fried chicken and meatloaf). We really enjoy the atmosphere.
  7. plutonic

    plutonic Earning My Ears

    Dec 28, 2012
    We are doing Sci-Fi for dinner one night.. really excited about the whole "drive-in" theme!
  8. Judyfun

    Judyfun Mouseketeer

    May 5, 2011
    I have ate at both, and it also depends on the age group. My Granddaughter LOVE SciFI, but when I go with more adult age we love Prime Time.

    planning my next two trips
  9. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    The theme at both are a lot of fun. I love SciFi more because i love the drive-in experience. The food is yummy.

    With kids, i'd say SciFi. With adults only, I might go for 50's. But it all depends on the menu you prefer.
  10. Alabama Minnie

    Alabama Minnie DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    IMO everyone should do Sci-fi at least once. It is a different dining experience than you can usually experience elsewhere. We always get the burger and shakes there lunch or dinner.

    50's is neat to see but IMO the experience is better for older folks (like us). We really do like the fried chicken there, being from the South, and they are one of the only places at WDW that have "sweet tea".

    You can also split a lunch at Sci-fi and split the chicken dinner (it's 4 pcs.) at 50s for dinner and experience both. We have done this before but we don't usually do the DDP. Not sure what the rules are with it.
  11. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    Atmosphere is much better at SciFi, but the food there is terrible. It's cool to say you did it, but you probably wouldn't rush to go back. 50's food isn't too bad, but the portions are small. The waitress banter is a little over-hyped..
  12. daizieduck

    daizieduck DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2009
    DH and I ate at 50's Prime Time ONCE. We hated it and have never gone back. It's not a good place to eat if you like to be left alone while you eat. My friend on the other hand, is a single mom and doesn't get to go out a lot or travel much so she loved it when she went with her son. She said for her it was like dinner theater. DH and I love the Sci-Fi though. Love the 50's car hop theme and the clips of all the old cheesy sci-fi movies streaming.
  13. mkissa

    mkissa Earning My Ears

    Jan 31, 2013
    Thank you everyone! Since we are doing lunch I have gone ahead and made an ADR for Sci-Fi. Seems that the menu is much more suited towards lunch vs 50s prime as well as an atmosphere that we are more comfortable with.

    Thanks again! We can't wait for our trip!

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