If you’ve got a hankering for home cooking and a return to kinder, gentler times, consider a meal at the 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Just be prepared for a truly immersive experience – and above all, make sure to mind your p’s and q’s. Why’s that? Well, we lunched at the retro spot a couple years back and I found out the hard way that our server (“Cousin-Somebody-or-Other”) wasn’t going to let me off the hook for leaving vegetables on my plate!
So we rolled with the antics of the servers because we didn’t mind them harping at us to get our elbows off the table. Two tables over, a woman good-naturedly rose to perform “I’m a Little Teapot” as punishment for something (she probably hadn’t called or written her server, “Auntie Somebody-or-Other” in a while). Our own family temporarily expanded when a “smart-mouthed” kid from a neighboring table was banished to ours. The boisterous fun might not be everyone’s cup of tea – say, if you’re looking for a quiet lunch break in the middle of a bustling theme park – but we enjoyed playing along. Also unique is the nifty fifties-style living room you wait to be seated in, complete with old black-and-white sitcoms on the TVs.
As we all made our best effort to join the ranks of the “Clean Plate Club”, we were allowed to choose a dessert from the ViewMaster menu. (If you’re curious about what’s cooking in “Mom’s Kitchen”, it is chiefly comfort food at its best. We tried both the pot roast and Grandma’s chicken pot pie and have heard great things about the juicy fried chicken and the meatloaf.) For dessert? We ordered the much-buzzed about PBJ malt and one of “Dad’s Brownie Sundae”s. No need for the servers to remind us to finish every last bite.
Location: 50’s Prime Time Cafe serves lunch and dinner in the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort.