Disney Dining: 50’s Prime Time Café

Disney Dining: 50's Prime Time Cafe

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to few fantastic table service restaurants. After entering the park, take the first left past the Crossroads of the World and head toward Echo Lake. On your left, you’ll find one of my personal favorite places to dine at Hollywood Studios, the 50’s Prime Time Café. If my family is spending the day in the park, more often than not it will include lunch or dinner at this wonderfully themed 50’s restaurant.

Prime Time Cafe - Lobby

Upon entering the restaurant’s lobby, you are transported back in time to Mom and Dad’s living room in the 1950’s. The room is filled with retro furniture, 50’s décor, and several old television sets playing clips from popular shows of the 1950’s. When it’s time for your meal, your “cousin,” “aunt,” “uncle,” or other relative will escort you to your table.

Continuing the theme from the lobby, the tables are also reminiscent of the 1950’s. The area around your table is decorated as if it were Mom’s kitchen, complete with cabinets, vintage knick-knacks, old wall decorations, and more. There’s even an old TV set at your table where you can continue to watch clips from 50’s television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy.

When you are seated, your “cousin” or other relative will ask that the table be set. Many times this task is asked of Mom or Dad who are now also “kids.” When I was little, I loved that our “cousins” would often pick on my parents!

Prime Time Cafe - Friend Chicken

Once the table is set, it’s time to decide what to eat. The food at Prime Time is delicious! As you might expect in Mom’s kitchen, you will find many classic home-cooked dishes. Choices of entrées include Dad’s Grilled Pork Chops, Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken, Mom’s Old-Fashioned Pot Roast, and more. There are even some great vegetarian options such as Cousin Ryan’s Vegetable Lasagna and Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite Multigrain Spaghetti. Prime Time Café has something for everyone in your family! The complete menu can be found on Disney’s website.

50's Prime Time Cafe

Manners are very important at the 50’s Prime Time Café. While you’re dining, be sure your elbows don’t make their way onto the table. Your relatives will definitely let you know if you do something that’s not appropriate for dinner time. And you never know what they will make you do as punishment. You might even end up having to wear a bib, as my dad had to once! In addition to keeping your elbows off the table, you’ll also want to be sure to clean your plate.

Prime Time Cafe - Dad's Brownie Sundae

Once you’ve joined the Clean Plate Club, it’s time for  dessert. Even if you’re too full for dessert, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the dessert menu. It’s not your ordinary menu. Your relative will bring you a View-Master toy filled with photos of incredible desserts. Prime Time Café offers quite the selection of desserts. Dad’s Brownie Sundae is amazing! It involves a brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream, and all kinds of delicious toppings! You can also order a Warm Apple Crisp or a 50’s Boston Cream Parfait.

If you, like me, love milkshakes, Prime Time Café is the place to go. They are known for their delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake. I know, it sounds very strange, but I’ve heard these are some of the best milkshakes at Disney. While I haven’t personally had a PB&J milkshake from Prime Time, I have tried one elsewhere. It was quite tasty, and I can only imagine how much better the one at the 50’s Prime Time Café must be. I can’t wait to try one on my next trip to Disney!

Have you dined at the 50’s Prime Time Café? Let us know what you liked most about this unique Disney restaurant in the comments below!

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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