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This Day in Disney History: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater premiered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios April 20, 1991, offering families a whole new way to dine under the stars – even during the day.

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios

In case you haven’t tried this one-of-a-kind restaurant, it’s a dining experience that’s themed after a night at the drive-in, complete with cars, a movie screen and a star-filled night sky.

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Once inside, diners are seated in 1950s-era convertibles that are family-sized and equipped with in-car tables. From here, families can dine while watching clips of old sci-fi movies and cartoons.

What can you expect on the lunch and dinner menus? American-style cuisine, including menu items like burgers, sandwiches, ribs, seafood, pasta, steak and salads.


  • One of our absolute favorite places. We have lunch there every time we’re in HS. I’m surprised they didn’t mention the delicious milkshakes. They are a must. Big enough to share, but so good that no one ever wants to.

  • This is my favorite place to eat at Hollywood Studios. I have some great Disney memories from here.

  • What are the price ranges here? For a family of 8 (two families) we’re coming down in August, this place looks really cool. I used to play VMK before you guys took it away, and I didn’t think it was a real place! (plan on bringing VMK back anytime soon?)

  • This is a definite MUST on my list of places to eat. I always have lunch here on our DHS days. There is usually a long wait for families, but table for 2 is much quicker!!

  • My favorite restaurant in Walt Disney World!

  • Excellent place to eat, very fun atmosphere.

  • My family loves the Sci-Fi! The best lunch on property!

  • Cool place to eat, your family will have fun.

    Good meals in a fun 1950’s atmosphere.

  • ditto on andrews comment. it would fit perfectly in cars land.

  • What a great dining experience – it’s unique, memorable and a fun way to enjoy a meal while touring the Studios. Happy Anniversary!

  • I agree with Andrew…it would be cool to see something like this in Cars Land. The scenery on the walls could have reflected Cars Land 🙂
    I’m sure whatever they have planned for cars Land will turn out just as amazing, though!

  • I loved this place when we went for lunch. The food was wonderful and I think the cars as seating is great. It was so much fun. There were 6 women in our group. No kids at all but we still had a blast at the Disney Parks!

  • I’ve been there twice. It’s a great place, big on atmosphere.

  • Cool place to eat! Good food, and fun atmosphere.

    Would recommend to anyone visiting Disney!

  • Shame the announced Dine-In is not coming to Cars Land as originally announced.

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