8 Things To Love About Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant At Walt Disney World

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There are so many choices for dining experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida that it can almost be overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which experiences to have. If you’re beginning to plan an upcoming trip to the parks at Disney, why not try a dining experience that’s fun, out of this world, far out? If you love American food, science fiction and really cool dining atmospheres, you’ve got to try the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here are 8 things you’ll love about it if you do!


8. The atmosphere is out of this world!

How does dinner under the stars sound to you? How about dinner under the stars at a drive-in theater? How about dinner under the stars at a drive-in theater with your family and friends? And great food? If this sounds like what you like to do for fun on the weekend, you’ll have a blast at the Sci-Fi Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios—any day of the week—so be sure to book your dining reservation for your next trip to the parks.

7. The automo-booths are the quickest way to the food.

Even being seated at the Sci-Di Dine-in Theater Restaurant is an experience. That’s because the tables aren’t boring run-of-the-mill tables, but rather booths made to look just like 1950s-era automobiles. They even have taillights that makes the “cars” even more believable. The “automo-booths” fill the restaurant that was built and designed to look like an outdoor drive-in movie theater, complete with a twinkling ceiling-sky and a “fence” all around the perimeter of the dining area. Sit down, grab a menu and relax as some of the best American fare in the galaxy is delivered to your table.

6. The food is also out of this world.

All kinds of American food are up for grabs when you eat at the Sci-Fi Diner. Everything on the menu is great! From breaded onion rings and fried pickles to the Reuben sandwich, St. Louis-style ribs and New York strip steak, the choices are endless, and not a one of them is bad! If you try to retain your conscience while you eat, there are lighter options like cucumber salad and a vegetarian falafel burger as well.


5. If Godzilla is your thing, you’ll love this!

As if the great food and amazing atmosphere weren’t enough for Guests enjoying this unique dining experience, Disney takes the magic a step further by showing sci-fi clips of all kinds on the big screen while you eat. There are Godzilla-era clips, clips of Walt Disney himself and even animated clips of Tom and Jerry that play in a long loop throughout your meal.

4. Without a reservation, your chances of enjoying the full experience may be out of this world.

Dining reservations are strongly recommended for the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant—especially for dinner and during peak seasons. You can make reservations by calling (407) WDW-DINE, by visiting or by accessing the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone. The reservation window opens 180 days in advance. Dinner at the Sci-Fi Diner can book up quickly, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as you start planning your visit to the parks.

3. Have a picnic in the back.

If you couldn’t score a reservation for this fun dining experience, you may still have a chance to enjoy a part of the action. At the back of the restaurant, there are picnic tables, as well as a concession stand. Often, if you don’t have a dining reservation, there’s the chance you can be seated at one of the picnic tables. It’s not an automo-booth, but the atmosphere is the same, and you’ll still be able to enjoy the sci-fi movie clips, the view of all the “cars” at the drive-in and even the twinkling stars in the sky.

2. The car hops are groovy.

Your experience at the Sci-Fi Diner is made even more magical by your server. They aren’t just any servers, after all. Cast Members who take your order and bring your food to your automo-booth are carhops, and they really get into their roles! As with all things Disney World, every part of a themed dining experience relates back to the central theme or idea of the restaurant. Who better to serve food at a drive-in theater than a carhop?

1. Everyone gets a citation.

At the end of your meal, after you’ve had your fill of the great food, fun movie clips and out-of-this-world atmosphere, your carhop will bring the check to your table. The check itself resembles a parking ticket and even has the words, “parking violation” printed across the bottom half of the paper. It’s a little thing, but it adds a fun finish to your already fun experience at the Sci-Fi Diner!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.