When you step out of the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and into the 50’s Prime Time Café, you instantly walk into another era and a rush of nostalgia rushes over you. The “den” waiting area is furnished with familiar knick-knacks, vintage furniture from several decades ago, and retro wall hangings. When it’s time to be seated, the hostess, or “Mom”, announces your party as if you are her kids. This restaurant serves more than just comfort food; it serves an overall sense of coziness and familiarity. The 50’s Prime Time Café instantly makes me smile, and it’s on my list of favorite Walt Disney World restaurants for several entertaining reasons.
6. Nostalgic Décor
Once your party is called and you are led to your table, the first thing you notice is the furnishings. You are going to have your meal in Mom’s kitchen, complete with vinyl seats, Formica table tops, kitschy wallpaper, and black and white tile floors. Retro appliances sit on every shelf and decorations on the walls look like they are directly from my grandmother’s kitchen.
5. Retro TVs
This restaurant is a hit with kids and adults alike in part due to the small black-and-white TVs that sit at most of the tables and booths. You can watch excerpts from classic sitcoms like “Dennis the Menace”, “Father Knows Best, I Married Joan”, and several others. You might even catch a few old Disneyland clips with Walt Disney himself in them.
4. Comfort Food
It’s hard to make a choice from this menu because everything sounds delicious. You can’t go wrong when the menu features comfort food like pot roast, fried chicken, pork chops, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie, to name just a few of the dishes. It’s the classic Sunday dinner in the middle of Walt Disney World. Dad’s Liquor Cabinet is also available if you’re interested in one of the refreshing alcoholic drinks.
The dessert menu is equally as appealing, but don’t think of ordering it unless you’ve eaten your dinner! The fan favorites here are the specialty malts and milkshakes, especially the peanut butter and jelly shake. If that’s not your thing, other choices include ice cream sundaes, apple crisp, cheesecake, and a s’mores creation of toasted marshmallows and chocolate.
2. Fun and games
While the food and drinks are fun and enjoyable, the popularity of the restaurant is because of the “show” put on by the servers on the (sometimes) unsuspecting customers. If you don’t eat your green beans, your server might feed them to you via the “airplane” method. Put your elbows on the table, and you might end up having to sweep the floor or sit in the corner. Make sure you wash your hands if you visit the restroom, because your server will ask you what color the soap is. If you eat all of your meal, your server might declare that you’re a member of the “Clean Plate Club” and give you a sticker! You might even be asked to sing “I’m A Little Teapot” to your neighbor. If you don’t want to play along, just tell your server and they will leave you alone.
1. Everyone is family here
Your server is always in character and introduces himself or herself as a member of the family: your cousin, aunt, uncle, or some other relative that will watch to see if you’re following the rules and behaving yourself. Their outfits are also perfectly themed for their role and the time period. They do a fantastic job of making sure you’re having a good time, laughing, and enjoying your meal.
This restaurant is very popular and reservations are recommended. If you’re having a hard time getting a table, consider having a seat and enjoying a meal at the Tune-In Lounge adjacent to the waiting area.