Showing posts with label Hollywood studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hollywood studios. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

50's Prime Time Cafe

Eating a meal at the 50's Prime Time Cafe is like taking a small step back in time.  From the food to the decor to the antics of the waitstaff - it really does feel like the 1950's.

The 50's Prime Time Cafe is in Disney's Hollywood Studios - just across the lake from the American Idol Experience and next to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show.  
When you walk in, you'll find yourself in a 1950's living room.  Complete with vintage furniture and kitschy decorations.  Do you see anything here from your childhood?

There are a number of living rooms to check out - all of them playing black and white tv shows - from "Dick Van Dyke Show" to "Car 54 Where are you?" to "The Mickey Mouse Club."  But my favorite are the public service announcements - with dating tips. 

When you are seated in Mom's kitchen - be sure to look around at the fabulous details in the theming.

Keeping it in the family, the waitstaff will be your aunt, your uncle or even your cousin.  And they are there to enforce mom's rules for sitting at the table.  Don't wear your hat to the table.  Make sure you don't put your elbows on the table.  And most of all make sure you eat all your veggies before you ask for desert.  

If you can't follow these rules, you might have to deal with things like: wearing a dunce cap; standing in the corner, your waiter making "chugga-chugga-choo-choo" noises while they bring a fork full of food to your mouth.  Then again, you might even get a commendation for being a member of the clean plate club.

And what is on the menu at the Prime Time?  It's traditional 50's comfort foods.  You can also order drinks from Dad's liquor cabinet!

We started with the beer battered onion rings (served pouring out of a cute frying basket) and the blue claw crab cake over succotash.

For the main course we had sampler of Mom's favorite recipes (meatloaf, pot roast and Aunt Liz's fried chicken) served with mashed potatoes and green beans substituted for the greens) and Cousin Barry's olive oil poached salmon.  They were both delicious - and next time I think I'll just get Liz's fried chicken - devine!!

On the dining plan, you can get a milkshake as your beverage - and I got the Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake.  Oh.My.Word - so, so, good.  If you are a peanut butter lover, this is the drink for you. There was not much of a jelly taste to the shake (which makes me happy) - it was just creamy goodness.

And then we had dessert.  We had the 50's Boston Creme Parfait and the Apple cobbler a la mode.

This is a really fun restaurant - great themeing and some delicious eats! about you?  Have you experienced any of the antics at the 50's Prime Time?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The American Idol Expereince in Hollywood Studios

A really fun show in Hollywood Studios is the American Idol Experience (located near the hat and the Great Movie Ride).  Even if you are not a fan of the show, you'll have a great time - and find someone to cheer for.  The show takes place several times a day - with the first one usually around noon.  Shows last about 20 minutes.  The winners from each show then compete during the last show of the day with the winner receiving a "dream ticket" which gets them to the front of the line at any American Idol audition across the country.  And actually, (if you are a fan of the show!) this past season of American Idol had 4 of the top 13 that auditioned were dream ticket winners! an audience member - this is what you can expect:
My kids like to arrive about 30 minutes before the show because they tape messages from the performers' "fans" while you wait.  And my kids are all about getting some screen time. They also like to be there early so they can sit in the front row - as that also gives one the opportunity for more screen time.  Will explain that shortly!

After you are seated, a guy comes out to warm up the crowd (hey - is there a name for that person? I am guessing that "warm-up guy" isn't it!) - gets everyone dancing and moving and then he explains how the voting works. 

And this is the second opportunity for my kids to be on the big screen.  Several times they have been chosen to help with the instructions.

The show itself is a shortened version of American Idol. Complete with Ryan Seacrest like host.  And three judges.  One of which is like Simon Cowell in his snarky remarks to the contestants.  After all the contestants have performed and the judges commented - the audience gets its turn to send the winner to the final show of the day (or if you are at the final show then you are voting on the dream ticket winner). 

So...what about you?  Do you like American Idol?  Have you seen Disney's American Idol experience show?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Characterpalooza at Hollywood Studios part 2

At Hollywood Studios there is an unadvertised character meet and greet - it's sort of an insider's secret.  And I am going to tell you how to get in on the action.  What has become known as "Characterpalooza" takes place at the Animation Studios - near the meet and greet for Sorcerer Mickey and the Animation class.  The timing of the event though, well that is a bit tricky.

Characterpalooza is completely tied to the Fantasmic schedule for the evening.

If Fantasmic starts at 6:30 or 7, there will be no Characterpalooza
If Fantasmic starts at 7:30, it will begin at 4:45 and last for about 20 minutes
If Fantasmic starts at 8:00 or later , it usually begins between 4:45 and 4:55 - and can last from 20 minutes to a little over an hour.  (This scenario also holds true on dates when there is no Fantasmic scheduled.)

As for which characters you might find - it's always a surprise! 

When we were there in the Spring, we met:





Mary Poppins:

Chip and Dale:

The interaction with Chip and Dale was fabulous.  Chip asked my older daughter to marry him - or at least to call him later.

And all of the above characters was in about 30 minutes (total time!!).

Another day, my oldest got to meet:

Pinocchio and Gepetto:

Chip and Dale again (no marriage proposals this time):

And Captain Hook with Mr. Smee:

(The above meetings took about 15 minutes total!).

You can check out my previous characterpalooza post to see some other characters we've met.

So...which character would you like to meet at the Characterpalooza??

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Disney Details: Muppet Vision 3-D at Hollywood Studios and a GIVEAWAY!

I love the little details that Disney does so well.  They make every experience truly immersive.  It's what sets Disney apart.  What makes it unlike other theme parks.  And why there is absolutely no way that you can even compare them to Six Flags.

We have talked about it a bit here at Keys to the Magic travel.  We've talked about the amazing queues at Toy Story Mania and the Haunted Mansion.  We've talked about the "secret" finds in Epcot like beaver butt soap or trying on kimonos in Japan.  We've talked about seeking out Divine in Animal Kingdom.

But this detail - well, I must admit, it's my favorite.

When you go to Hollywood Studios - and go to see "Muppet Vision 3-D" - be sure to check out the security window to the right of the turnstiles.  It seems rather innocuous.  And if you are rushing, you've probably never even noticed that it's there.

Let's look in the window.  There are some great "Wanted" posters on the bulletin board.  For Fozzie for impersonating a comic.  And one for Miss Piggy.  Just recognizing that everyone wants her!

And did you notice the sign in the window?

If you pull up the mat - that key - it's really there!

So, let's do a small Muppet celebration of our own!  I have a stainless steel Muppet water bottle and a set of four Muppet inspired nail polishes from OPI (colors are: Wocka Wocka!, Excuse Moi!, Better! and Warm & Fozzie).

To enter, just follow the instructions through the Rafflecopter.  If you have any problems, please email me at and we'll get it figured out!

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Good luck!  And if you'd like to see more Disney posts, please check out Deb's Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Do you have a favorite detail at Disney?  How about a favorite Muppet?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Toy Story Midway Mania - Hollywood Studios

One of the most popular rides in all of Disney World is Toy Story Midway Mania in Hollywood Studios.  Each morning as the park opens, there is an event akin to the "Running of the bulls" as visitors rush to get to the ride to get a fast pass or enter the stand by queue before the line reaches its typical two hour wait. 

What makes this ride so popular?  Part of it is that it's more than a ride.  It's also a game.  And my family gets very competitive with our scores!  The game part of the ride is in 3-d.  

You begin at a practice screen so that you see how the "trigger" works.  Then you twist and turn your way to several midway carnival type games.  Like shooting ducks.  Or breaking plates.  Popping balloons.

But, I do think the main reason it's so popular is that it's a ride that the entire family can do.   And at Hollywood Studios, there are very few rides that will accommodate the huge range of ages and abilities like Toy Story Midway Mania. do you conquer the long line?  How can you ride more than once?  My best advice for the parks, is to be there early.  At least 15-30 minutes BEFORE the parks open.  And this is especially important at Hollywood Studios.  Not only will you have the mad dash to the ride - but here is a huge tip - this park often opens BEFORE the posted opening time.  If there is an opening time of 9am - it will typically start to let visitors in between 8:30 and 8:45.  This is for every guest - not just resort guests.  And this also does not mean that you are let in just to be held somewhere - it means the park is fully open. there early.  Then, take part in the dash to the ride.  Go ahead and ride it standby.  It might have a posted time of 30 minutes - but first thing in the morning, it's really not that long.  Go and enjoy the amazing queue.  

Before this past year, we had never stood in the standby queue.  We typically got a fast pass and then went to do something else.  But what I'd recommend is that you actually wait in line - and then when you are done with your ride, then get a fast pass for later in the day.  This way you can ride at least twice - and again - you can check out the queue.  The details here are just Disney as its finest.

You have the ceiling in game boards like Chutes and Ladders, Checkers, and Scrabble.

You can see Andy's art work on the walls.
You can immerse yourself in the world of the toy with huge Tinkertoy containers.  

Shelves containing games.  
Clever signs.  
And even Mr. Potato Head as the Midway barker.
So...what about you?  Do you take part in the run to get fast passes?  Which game on the ride is your best?