Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Eatin': Sci-Fi Dine In at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Map via (photoshopped by me)

One of my favorite restaurants on Disney property is the Sci-Fi Dine In at the Studios. Designed to look like you are hanging out at a vintage drive in movie theatre the atmosphere truly makes this a unique dining experience. When you enter it looked like you've entered behind the walls of a Hollywood sound stage (keeping with the Studios overall movie theme). Once you have checked in you are taken by a greater down a hall and around to the other side of the walls where you are greeted with what looks like a parking lot full of cars all parked in front of a giant movie screen. Depending on your party's size you make get a car all to your group (the cars seat 6 people, 2 in each row). If your group is smaller you may get seated in a car already occupied by some other diners (or you may have strangers join you). Your carhop (aka your server) will greet you and take your drink orders. If you happen to be sitting in the front row you will become the "driver" and "navigator" of the car. And if either join a table already occupied or have others join you in the rows behind they become "hitchhikers". And any or all passengers may be reminded by their carhop to help pitch in for gas ;-)

On my most recent trip we ate there and had been the first time we had been since they made a few changes to the menu. The lunch and dinner menu are the same so you won't be missing anything regardless of when you eat (you can see the whole menu at As I knew I wanted desert with my meal (after all I was celebrating my birthday) I opted for two appetizers instead of an entree. I had the fried pickles (one of my favorite appetizers in the entire world) and the buffalo popcorn chicken. My husband had the St. Louis style ribs. 

I loved the fried pickles, it came with both round pickles and pickle spears which I've never seen before at a restaurant (it's usually one or the other). They came fresh out the fryer, the breading was crispy and the pickles were still juicy. The spicy ranch that comes with them was a bit spicier that I thought it would be, so if you like ranch to dip your stuff but aren't a fan of spice you might want to ask your carhop for some regular ranch. The buffalo popcorn chicken was also spicy but not nearly as spicy as the ranch dip, plus the blue cheese dip that comes with the chicken helps balance the heat. I also really enjoyed my cherry Coke because instead of your typical cherry Coke like what you'd get in a bottle, they use regular Coke and add cherry syrup which I think tastes way better (plus they add a cherry to your drink).

My husband enjoyed the ribs but thought they were a bit overcooked, even with the sauce he said they still tasted a bit dry and a bit like beef jerky. He still ate all of them though plus the baked bean and cole slaw, but overall he said that he'd probably get something different next time. We split dessert, the peanut butter chocolate cake which our carhop was nice enough to bring out with a candle on top for me to blow out. The cake was super moist and comes with a pool of melted chocolate in the middle of it, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and sprinkled with peanut butter candies (think Reeses Pieces). I love chocolate and peanut butter together so this dessert was made for someone like me and between the two of us we cleaned the plate.

Buffalo popcorn chicken with blue cheese dressing

Fried pickles with spicy ranch dipping sauce and Cherry Coke

House-smoked St. Louis-style Pork Ribs with baked beans and coleslaw

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

While the food at Sci-Fi isn't the most spectacular, the atmosphere is what really makes dining here a must do for us. The screen towards the front is large enough that you'll have a good view regardless of where you sit. It shows movie trailers from old "B" sci-fi films like "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space" along with news reels showing the latest in technology from the 1950's and 1960's (a fully automated kitchen or a car that drives itself among others) and cartoons (my personal favorite is "The Cat That Hated People"). We've seen all of the clips several times but still get a good laugh out of the campy movie trailers and cartoons.

If you are looking for a unique dining experience I highly recommend giving Sci-Fi Dine In a try. Even at slower times of the year I would still advise making an ADR (advanced dining reservation) due to the restaurant's popularity. You can make an ADR either by going online to or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Casual Friday

Mickey tee shirt Jeans Toms wedges
Tee: Walmart (old); Jeans: Old Navy Dreamer Boot-Cut; Shoes: Toms, Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Ring: Forever 21 (old); Earrings: Francesa's; Nail Polish: Fingers - OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, Toes - OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress

Friday, July 18, 2014


leopard blouse boot cut jeans wedges
Top: Kardashian Kollection (Sears); Jeans: Old Navy; Shoes: Toms; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Necklace: Kenneth Cole via Von Maur; Earrings: Von Maur; Nail Polish: Fingers-OPI "Lincoln Park After Dark", Toes-OPI "I'm Not Really A Waitress"

I know my pictures aren't top quality to begin with, but these almost didn't make it to the blog. They were a lot darker before editing them as I took them after I got home from work and it was already getting dark. That's what I get for being in a rush and not taking them in the morning when there's more light.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Help a child's Disney dream come true!

So as many of you know, I'm a fully trained Disney travel agent. Now there are a lot of options out there as far as planning your Disney vacation, but I want to share with you how if you let me be your Disney vacation planner, you in turn can help a child have their own Disney dream come true.

Make A Wish Dream Team Project
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I have been a friend of podcaster Lou Mongello for several years and have been a fan of his books and podcast for even longer. Several years ago Lou created the WDW Radio Dream team to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, specifically to grant the wishes of ill children who want to go to Walt Disney World. Since the Dream Team was founded, multiple children have had their wish granted with Lou lucky enough to meet some of the families. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an amazing organization and visiting Walt Disney World is something that every child should get the chance to experience.

So how do you fit in? Easy, with every Disney trip you book and complete with me, I will donate a portion of my commission to the Dream Team. And the best part? It won't cost you anything! All of my work as your Disney travel agent doesn't cost you a single cent, so you get to take your dream vacation knowing that you are helping an ill child take their dream trip too! So remember the next time you decide to take your family on a Disney vacation, your trip could change another child's life.

Monday, July 14, 2014


eShakti dress Toms wedges
Dress: c/o eShakti; Necklace: Forever 21; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Shoes: Toms; Nail Polish: Hands-OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, Toes-OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress

So you may have noticed, I chopped my hair off! (And if you don't you aren't alone. My husband came home the evening I got it cut, and commented on the t-shirt I was wearing at the time before he noticed my hair. Same thing goes for the family we saw over the weekend. SMH) I've actually been considering it for several weeks, but was holding off because I just got a trim. But I couldn't take it anymore and did it. My hair is super thick and unmanageable, it was terrible. This is much easier, just wash and go!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Everyday I'm shuffling....

Keep calm and moving on

So you may or may not have noticed a few changes on the blog recently. Up at the top of the blog, below the header, you may see a link for Magical Voyages: Living the Disney Life. I had started another blog for all things Disney and my Disney travel agent stuff, but I've found that managing that blog on top of this one, along with all the other irons I have in the fire (like my YouTube channel, Facebook, plus everything involved with the podcast) was just too much. I have friends who blog and operate multiple blogs, and I'm super proud that they can accomplish that. More power to them! But it's just not feasible for me.

So I'm working on moving as much from Magical Voyages as I can over to here, and now Magical Voyages is no longer available for viewing. Don't worry, I'm still going to post Disney stuff, and will still be happy to help folks plan their Disney vacations, it's just now all going to be under the umbrella of Styles and Smarts.