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Fun New Fantasmic! Dining Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 1st, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Forget sit-down dining when you’re in a hurry to play – the new “A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios lets you enjoy an affordable picnic plus reserved seating for the fab Fantasmic!, the park’s nightly extravaganza that takes guests inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse – into a world where his magic creates dancing waters, shooting comets, animated fountains, swirling stars, balls of fire and other amazing wonders.

Reserved viewing is first come, first served, so get there early!

It’s just for a short while – Dec. 18–Dec. 31, with reservations starting Dec. 1 at 407-WDW-DINE (a credit card guarantee is required). Pick up is at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner from 11 a.m. through 1 ½ hours prior to your selected show time. You choose which performance you’d like to attend when you order your meal. Pick up your meal at your convenience and then you’re on your own for an easy picnic lunch or dinner. You might want to try more than one of the picnic goodies, but your Fantasmic! seats are based on the number of guests in your party (entrées ordered must be equal to or greater than your party size).

And, yes, it’s part of the Disney Dining Plan – a quick-service entitlement.

Here’s what you can order:

    Fried chicken with maple-glazed sweet potato and baby spinach salad, broccoli and cranberry salad and cheesecake, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Fried chicken with maple-glazed sweet potato and baby spinach salad, broccoli and cranberry salad and cheesecake ($14.99)
  • Veggie wrap with avocado spread, tabbouleh, avocado and tomato salad with citrus vinaigrette and chocolate cake, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Veggie wrap with avocado spread, tabbouleh, avocado and tomato salad with citrus vinaigrette and chocolate cake ($14.99)
  • Olive oil poached salmon with couscous salad with dried cranberries and peas, roasted beet and apple salad and Key lime pie, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Olive oil poached salmon with couscous salad with dried cranberries and peas, roasted beet and apple salad and Key lime pie ($14.99)
  • Teriyaki and orange marinated beef with udon noodle salad and caramelized vegetables and sesame mandarin vinaigrette, seaweed salad with gingered carrots and mandarin orange cheesecake, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Teriyaki and orange marinated beef with udon noodle salad and caramelized vegetables and sesame mandarin vinaigrette, seaweed salad with gingered carrots and mandarin orange cheesecake ($14.99)
  • Fresh fruits, Brie, dipped strawberries and focaccia bread ($11.99)
  • Chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberries and marshmallows with chocolate dipping sauce ($9.99)
  • Kid’s meal with turkey and American cheese wrap and strawberry yogurt, apples and carrots with ranch dip and seven-layer cookie bar, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Kid’s meal with turkey and American cheese wrap and strawberry yogurt, apples and carrots with ranch dip and seven-layer cookie bar ($5.49)
  • Kid’s meal Power Pack with Goldfish crackers, strawberry yogurt, string cheese, apples and carrots with ranch dip and a seven-layer cookie bar, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Kid’s meal Power Pack with Goldfish crackers, strawberry yogurt, string cheese, apples and carrots with ranch dip and a seven-layer cookie bar ($5.49)
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27 Comments

1

Paul from NY on December 1st, 2011 at 11:18 am

Interesting new addition. One question though – where are the “reserved” seats? Are they in the far-right section of the theater, the same seats as are reserved for the Fantasmic Dining Plan?

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Corie from NC on December 1st, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Paul is that a bad spot to watch? I have been on hold for 20 minutes trying to book this, if it’s not worth it I’ll just hang up.

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Jennifer on December 1st, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I think this looks great and I can’t wait to try it. I am picturing the walk from pick up to seating. Besides being quite a hike, there can also be quite a crowd to work your way through. So, will there be a special entrance? And will there be a special bag provided to carry the meals?

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Paul from NY on December 1st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

@Corie – I wouldn’t necessarily call them “bad” – simply that they’re the least good. You can see parts of backstage, and the music isn’t synced up to what’s in front of you during the Princess Medley. IMO, it’s worth the extra half hour to get in the regular line and get a seat closer to the center.

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Tiffany from OH on December 1st, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Okay I am quite familiar with the restaurants at DHS and have never heard of this one and cannot find any info on DHS’s page. Where is this restaurant located? Heading to Disney in two days and would love to grab a quick bite here the food looks yummy!

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Ellyn on December 1st, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner is on Echo Lake at the “S.S. Down the Hatch” ship.

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Matthew on December 1st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Are these served hot or cold?

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Jennifer on December 1st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Just booked mine and if this is anything like the boxed dessert one they do in California the seats are front and center. It won’t be the same as the dinning plan.

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Loree on December 1st, 2011 at 4:57 pm

We would love to see this in California for Fantasmic! Really enjoyed the meal and the show for World of Color last summer and would definately use to see Fanatsmic. The desert reserved seating is way too expensive for a large family!

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Amanda on December 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Sounds great! Does this mean Orlando will upgrade their version to match Anaheim’s with the revenue? ;)

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Bruce on December 1st, 2011 at 7:11 pm

The entrance for reserved seating has changed over the years, in Sept 2011, you walk down Sunset Blvd past Tower of Terror to enter backstage. my issue is when leaving the theater, its a torture as they could direct people to Oscars by the park entrance, instead they direct people back onto Sunset Blvd. Too many people, too little road.

Bruce

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Amanda on December 1st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

This would be worth it if Orlando’s version was on par with Anaheim’s, however their were to many broken effects and missing show pieces in October that until it is fixed it is not worth the time or money to see.

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Sharon from PA on December 1st, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Tiffany from OH:
This is not the normal food served at Min & Bill’s, but something special for Fantasmic. The usual offerings at Min & Bill’s are a pretzel dog and Italian sausage hoagie.

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Joanna on December 2nd, 2011 at 9:09 am

@Corie I found the reserved seating from the dining package to be great. We were just off center, and the sounds & view were wonderful. We got there and waited at our seats about 45 minutes before the show though.

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Pam from MD on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

LOVE this idea. We’re headed down in January and wish it was an option during our visit. I looked at the available dining options at that time and they won’t work for us due to timing.

Great idea! Hope you extend this.

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Margo on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:53 am

@Matthew, they look like the picnic meals they do for World of Color at California Adventure. And yes they are served cold.

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Anonymous on December 2nd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

These choices sound wonderful. I hope that Disney considers making this a permanent offering. I would certainly take advantage of it the next time I’m in WDW.

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Anonymous on December 3rd, 2011 at 9:39 pm

2 calls made totaling an hour on the phone and none were available during our trip the 16th through the 21st. Very disappointing.

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Mario on December 4th, 2011 at 8:44 am

I would hope that the picnic reserved area is in a different section than the Fantasmic else guest will stop purchasing the costlier meal… tiered acoordingly?

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Anonymous on December 4th, 2011 at 9:23 am

3rd time’s a charm. The first two Disney dining folks did not know how to make the reservation. There seems to be a training issue on this new feature. Keep calling back until you find someone who’s done the reservation before.

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Irmasue on December 4th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I do enjoy the salmon meal for WOC, so it is nice to see this option. You get a nice reusable bag at WOC, no mention of it here. Makes the price more palatable. Is there an AP discount like there is for WOC?

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Paul from ON on December 4th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Very strange to only do it until Dec 31st. Fantasmic’s last show before refurbishment is on Jan 4th. Why not extend the offer for four more days?

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jennifer on December 6th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Just made “Taste of Hollywood on the go” reservations for the 8 pm Fantasmic show on 12/22.It is new, be patient with the cast members. It took talking to 4 people and two conversations over a total of almost 1 1/2 hrs. You can pick your food up from 11am until 1 1/2 hrs prior to your showtime, at Min and Bill’s. The receipt for the food is your seat reservation and one of the nice ladies I spoke with said, since you have to be there 30-45 minutes before the show you can take your meal into the theatre with you and have your picnic while you are waitng (Sounds like a great suggestion to me!!

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Samantha on December 8th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I LOVE this idea. Hollywood Studios has always been my least favorite park do to the heat, crowds, and lack of food options. You just can’t handle the other issues if you’re starving. And I can’t enjoy myself if I’m filled up on greasy food, so I usually just go my entire time there without eating. These meals look so healthy, a great portion size, and really cheap for what you’re getting! And then on top of that you get reserved seating?! Even if they’re the worst seats in the house, to not have to stand in line for 1-3 hours is so worth it! Please please please make this a permanent feature. And, please continue to expand your healthy food options around the parks. Bravo Disney!

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Tamara on December 15th, 2011 at 11:06 am

Just made a reservation for the 8 pm show on the 20th. Took less than 20 minutes and the cast member was really nice and helpful. Agree that these look like healthy choices as far as food goes. Looking forward to this!

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Andrew on December 24th, 2011 at 8:12 am

We just did this dining experience last night. Here’s my opinion.

The seats are on the far right where they put you for the dining plan. However, we were very close to the front. We’ve never been that close. We have been to Fantasmic several times and I do enjoy sitting in the center but it was also neat to be that close. I did not notice any difference in the show other than you did not see Mickey from the front, just a side view.

I will say that the food was very good. We had the beef(2), the chicken and the kids wraps (2). All of it was very good and nothing went uneaten. It cost us almost 60. for 5 meals but we didn’t have to wait in line as long.

We would do it again.

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shannon on December 25th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

What nights do Fantasmic play typically? I don’t want to wait until we go!!! We are there from Jan 2-6…please help!

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