Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant in Disney-MGM Studios.
Copyrightę 2005 Scott Thomas Photography
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Ah, the old Drive-In. They never served food like this!
A warm moonless night, stars twinkling overhead, a backseat of a convertible with your girl at the local
drive-in theater. You go for a first kiss when you hear: "Better keep your eye on your parents, kids!".
Whoops, back to reality. While most drive-ins from the past are gone, Walt Disney World has replicated this
bit of Americana at Disney-MGM Studios as the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant. This unique restaurant was
constructed on a huge sound stage and features car tables (see photos) to eat in and watch the large drive-in screen.
The Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater really feels like the old drive in. The kitchen is in the back right where you
would find the snack shack. The soundstage's ceiling is painted like a planetarium so you REALLY feel like
you are under a night sky no matter what time of day you go in. The screen features an hour loop of some of
the "best" B-movie sci-fi flicks from the 1950's. Mixed in with the movie trailers are shorts from the Disney
vaults with one featuring Walt Disney himself. There's even drive-in food commercials like those seen in the movie Grease.
Watch for the hot dog jumping into the bun, smiling all the way. The CM servers will yell out the movie lines
in sync with the screen. I guess when working at the Sci-Fi over time, one has to get these clips burned into the brain.
The Sci-Fi Dine-In food is Californian and I recommend looking over the descriptions carefully and asking
questions of your server if you need clarification. Save room for dessert after your Main Feature. Kids
will love the Cookie Monster while adults will enjoy The Cheesecake That Ate New York. By the way, Sci-Fi
serves one of THE best Milky-way-out Milkshakes on the planet! Some people will just go for desserts for a
Some fun facts about the Sci-Fi Dine-In. The cars license plates are all from Arizona, California and New
Mexico. These states account for most of the UFO sightings in the US. Also, you'll see 3 letters in each plate
which correspond to some of the Imagineers who worked on the Sci-Fi Dine-In.
To check on when you can make your reservations at the Scif-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant go to the PS Report.