50s Prime Time Cafe is a table service restaurant located in Hollywood Studios. For those of you who have the Disney Dining Plan, 50s Prime Time Cafe is one table service credit; if you don't have the dining plan, you will be looking at around $35 per person.
It is a 50s themed (as if you couldn't tell) restaurant with immersive decorations, fantastically strict staff and equally as amazing food. 50s Prime Time is one of my favourite places to eat in the whole of Walt Disney World.
It is located towards the entrance of Hollywood Studios and the main entrance to the restaurant is directly next to Hollywood and Vine.
Check in is located directly on the right as you walk in the entrance. It is worth noting that if you have a buggy or a wheelchair that you cannot bring these into the restaurant unless you are unable to transfer. The storage area for these is outside and not entirely under cover, so if you are familiar with the Florida weather you will know that it does completely pour down on the daily, so it is worth covering anything you are leaving outside with a poncho or other waterproof item.
50s Prime Time Cafe does take walk-in parties, however, the restaurant is pretty popular so if you can get an advanced dining reservation (ADR) then I would recommend it.
Once you are checked in, expect a small wait for your table unless you are super lucky. You will be asked to take a seat in the waiting room and bar, the Tune In Lounge. Tune In Lounge is also open to walk-ins and is often busy around the bar area.
The actual waiting room for the restaurant is somewhat smaller than I imagined, but there are a few comfy chairs (and the floor if you aren't bothered like me) for you to sit in if it is busier.
When your table is ready, you will be shouted at from afar just as your mum does when you are upstairs and dinner is ready! You'll find that you now have a bunch of "cousins" that you never knew you had - everyone is family after all!
As I mentioned before, the whole restaurant is incredibly themed and is made to look like a 1950s house. Along with the 1950s theming is the 1950s expectations which means you will be told to put any "walkie talkies" away and the youngest of the party will be instructed to set the table before your butt has even touched the seat. You best hope your server doesn't catch you on your "walkie talkie" throughout your meal or you will be scolded!
The menu is varied with home cooked favourites including chicken pot pie, meatloaf and fried chicken. The menu also suggests wine pairings for those of you who are in to your wines with your dinner.
The food is amazing and genuinely feels like it is home cooked. My favourite is the fried chicken which comes with seasonable vegetables, but both times I have been I have had corn. Portions are a good size and I am always able to clear my plate - which you should because if you don't eat your vegetables you may find your server spoon feeding you!
For those of you on the Dining Plan, you can have a milkshake as a drink or a dessert. I recommend having as your drink and asking for a glass of tap water on the side (no extra cost) meaning you can still have your dessert. The milkshakes are massive and you are able to ask for a to go cup if you don't get to finish the whole lot.
For dessert, on a separate menu, I always go for the chocolate brownie. Don't be fooled, this is a really dense brownie that comes with both ice cream and cream which is definitely not something I am used to! The brownie is good and a pretty standard brownie, but the ice cream definitely makes it.
The overall experience of 50s Prime Time Cafe makes it a must do for my family any time we visit Disney World. I have found that they are more lenient with those of us from the UK than they are with Americans, and we had a great time trying to push our server a little more by being cheeky!
For our last visit, we were seated next to a table who had a server who we know from many YouTube videos and had been seen on TV. We ended up spending a lot of time interacting with her and the table of two girls she was serving and we had a fantastic time. She told my Grampy off for something and he had no idea what she was saying which made it even more hilarious, she pulled up a chair to the girls table and gave them a lecture on alcohol - it was fantastic!
I won't give away any of the "rules", you need to find out for yourself!
If you can get out to Disney World and go to 50s Prime Time Cafe, I 100% recommend it. Have fun with your server, they are there for your entertainment!