Dining At The Drive-In

Do you like B-Movies, old cars and eating in the dark? Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre is the the restaurant for you! Sci-Fi is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and has been one of my favorite restaurants ever since I was a kid. Once you check in for your reservation you make your way into the parking lot and find your car. Once seated in your car you get to enjoy some clips of black and white b-movies and cartoons. The atmosphere alone is what makes this one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World.

Movie Screen in Sci-Fi
Movie Screen in Sci-Fi

The car tables seat up to 6 adults, two per row. If you are traveling with a larger group they will try to place you in cars that are next to each other. One of our only complaints about this set up is the lighting to read the menu is pretty non-existent and the tables themselves are pretty small. There are also some picnic tables in the back by the kitchen.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Atmosphere
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Atmosphere

Our last stop into Sci-Fi was November 2014. When we told our waiter of our vegan diet he went to grab a chef to speak with us. We were told that the Vegetable Burger on the menu can be made vegan with a Gardenburger® Malibu Burger instead of the black bean patty, we could also get pasta with vegetables and marinara sauce. Additionally they have milkshakes on the menu that can be made with vegan ice cream, the flavors they have are vanilla, chocolate and Oreo. We opted for Oreo Milkshakes and Vegetable Burgers.

Vegan Oreo Milkshake
Vegan Oreo Milkshake

Our milkshakes came out rather quickly, and with whipped cream on top. I asked the waiter if the whipped cream was vegan (assuming he had grabbed the wrong ones or just out of habit topped them that way) and he realized his mistake. A few minutes later our vegan Oreo milkshakes came out, we were really hesitant to drink them but they seemed to taste fine and my stomach never freaked out like dairy used to do to is so they were vegan. These shakes were absolutely delicious, they weren’t as thick as the shakes from 50’s Prime Time Cafe so you could actually drink them with a straw.

Vegan Vegetable Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Vegan Vegetable Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Our burgers came out and looked absolutely delicious. The Gardenburger® Malibu Burger patty is made of corn, carrots, onions, green pepper and whole grains. The Vegetable burger is topped with cucumber planks, grilled red onions, arugula, and a tomato jam. If you’ve read our blog before, you know we’re not huge fans of the Gardenburger® Malibu Burger patties but this was pretty tasty. The tomato jam was the real star on this burger, it had a strong flavor of sun-dried tomato and was spread all over the bun. The patty was pretty flavorless but the jam really helped. We also added mustard to the burgers because it was pretty dry without a condiment. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cucumber planks on it, they didn’t really add any flavor and just made the burger harder to eat. I would have preferred the cucumbers to be pickles.

Burger Close Up
Burger Close Up

We had sweet potato fries as our side, the other option is a cucumber salad (we did not ask if that was vegan). The fries were just okay, they were pretty crispy which we enjoyed but they were covered, and I mean covered, in cinnamon. I would have liked them more without all the sweetness that the cinnamon added. Cinnamon and ketchup don’t necessarily go together.

Sci-Fi Selfie
Sci-Fi Selfie

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre will always be one of my favorite spots in Hollywood Studios. The food is always just okay in our opinion but the atmosphere always brings us back. This is a great place for families with kids to eat.

In May of 2014 Disney introduced a character breakfast featuring Star Wars characters. The ‘Star Wars Galactic Breakfast‘ at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre is for Star Wars Weekends in Hollywood studios. This happens from early May through mid June, the characters are only there during breakfast.

Would We Go Back?
Yes, the milkshakes were great and the film loop is fantastic. This has been my favorite place to eat in Disney World since I was a kid.

Price?
$$

We leave you with our favorite part of the film loop in Sci-Fi.

 

What’s your favorite clip from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre’s film loop?

Guest Post: The Wave…of American Flavors

Disney World has so many restaurants that we have yet to try them all. Since we can’t stay in Disney long enough to eat everywhere we thought we’d reach out to our readers to hear about some of the places we haven’t been. Our friend Rachel gave us a review of her experience at The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.


I visited The Wave during my trip in March 2014. It is located on one of the lower levels of The Contemporary Resort. I was eating at a later hour and the restaurant was busy, but not crowded at all. As soon as the waiter came over, I informed him that I was vegan and he immediately said he would have the chef come out and speak to me. The chef, who was very friendly, went through the items on the menu and recommended the Curry Vegetarian Stew. It was already completely vegan with butternut squash, asparagus, heirloom apples and other veggies. The chef told me he would add some tofu for me and I happily accepted!

Rachel's Curry
Rachel’s Curry Stew with Tofu

 

When it came it was a lovely blend of spice and fruit with some crunch from the asparagus and apples. I ended up craving this meal after my trip was over, so I may be back for it next time I’m in Disney World!


Thanks for the review Rachel! It’s great seeing vegan items on Disney menus without modification.

Safari + Pizza = Pizzafari

When you’re on a safari in Africa I’m sure you’re pretty much expecting to get a pizza, right? Luckily when on safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is possible! Pizzafari is a quick service restaurant that specializes in, you guessed it, pizza and is located just outside of Africa in the Animal Kingdom. Since we both love pizza we decided to give Pizzafari a try while visiting Disney World in November (2014). Pizzafari offers indoor and covered outdoor seating, this is a great spot to take a mid day break out of the sun.

When we talked to a cast member while ordering we were told that all of the pizzas at Pizzafari are pre-made but we are able to get a vegan pizza. She told us that we could get our pizza on the bread used for the Italian Sandwich which is muffuletta bread. Pizzafari carries Daiya Vegan Cheese so we were happy we could have a gooey cheesy pizza! Each item on the menu comes with a side, unfortunately all of the salads at Pizzafari are also pre-made which means there is no vegan option if you want a salad. The side options for vegans include grapes, carrots or Lay’s potato chips.

Vegan Veggie Pizza
Vegan Veggie Pizza

Our veggie pizza came out really quickly, but that may have been because we arrived before the lunch rush. We were a little hesitant about having our pizza on bread but we were not disappointed. The bread had a crust all on the bottom that helped to keep the pizza firm when eating it. Since it was bread instead of dough it helped soaked up some of the sauce to keep it full of flavor.

Gooey Cheesy Veggie Pizza
Gooey Cheesy Veggie Pizza

The vegetables on the pizza (pepper, onion, tomato and mushroom) seemed to have been sautéed prior to cooking the pizza which added a lot of flavor. The veggies had a strong garlic taste as well as obviously being seasoned. There was plenty of sauce on this pizza and the sauce was packed with tomato flavor. We really like Daiya cheese so we were happy to have this as an option on our pizza. This was the best quick service pizza I have had in Disney World. Next time we’re on safari, we’ll definitely be getting pizza again.

Would we go back?
Yes, this may be the best pizza I’ve had in Disney World.

Price?
$

What’s your favorite pizza in Disney World? Tell us in the comments.

Vegan Disney World’s Favorite Dishes of 2014

As the year is coming to an end we thought we would share our top 5 favorite meals from Disney World during 2014. There are so many great vegan dishes offered in Disney World so this was hard to pick just 5. So let’s dive right in!

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5. Coral Reef’s Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Vegetarian Chick’n Breast
Crispy Gardein Chick’n Breast over a bed of black rice, gilled vegetables and a tomato vinaigrette. This dish is great for lunch and dinner and will keep you full! If you like crunchy, breaded faux meat with tangy vinaigrette this is the dish for you.

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4. Tokyo Dining’s Vegetable Sushi
A roll of veggie sushi with seaweed salad, white rice and steamed vegetables. This is a light meal full of fresh vegetables. Honorable mention from Tokyo Dining is the great view of World Showcase if you get a table near the window.

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3. Tusker House Buffet
So many choices! You don’t have to feel like a burden to a chef when you’re eating here because 75% of the buffet is already vegan. Samosas, couscous, tofu and much much more.

Beauty shot of Tonga Toast
2. Kona Cafe’s Tonga Toast
Deep-fried sourdough stuffed with bananas, rolled in cinnamon sugar and covered in maple syrup. I don’t think we need to explain much more. My mouth is watering just because of the picture.

All of the food we ate

1. Trails End Buffet via Chef TJ
This meat and comfort food heavy buffet seems like an unlikely spot to find a delicious vegan meal, but there is a hidden gem hiding in the kitchen. Chef TJ is known among Disney loving vegans for his multi-course gourmet vegan meals. You will not leave hungry, in fact you may gain a few pounds from the experience, and it is so worth it. Spring rolls, spicy buns, soup and crispy tofu to name a few items you’ll enjoy when you visit Chef TJ.

We hope you enjoyed our best of 2014 dishes. We look forward to the new dishes of 2015 and thank you for supporting our blog!

Cheers,
Melissa & Corey

What were your favorite Disney meals in 2014? Tell us in the comments.

Vegan Cookies and Donuts, oh my!

When you’re walking around Walt Disney World property you will keep seeing many adults and children chowing down on cookies and cupcakes, you can’t help but feel upset that you can’t indulge as well. When we’re on vacation we want to be able to eat too many cookies and cupcakes too, that’s where BabyCakes NYC comes in. BabyCakes NYC is a New York based bakery, started by Erin McKenna, that provides allergy friendly baked goods. All of BabyCakes baked goods are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, kosher and free of refined sugar.

Originally BabyCake’s Disney location was inside the Pollo Comparo building in Downtown Disney. Unfortunately this building was torn down in March 2014 to make way for the new development of Disney Springs. Luckily we weren’t left completely in the dark with vegan and gluten free treats as BabyCakes continues to supply various resorts and parks with their sweet snacks.

Cookie Sandwiches and Donuts for breakfast
Cookie Sandwiches and Donuts for breakfast

If you don’t want to search the Disney property for BabyCakes you can order from the bakery to have it delivered to your hotel room! We ordered cookie sandwiches and donuts on our trip in November 2014 and were ecstatic when the phone rang around 7:30 am that our donuts had arrived! More information about ordering will be at the end of this post.

If you’re celebrating a special event like a birthday, anniversary or wedding you can also order cakes from the Disney location of BabyCakes NYC. Not all restaurants will accept the BabyCakes delivery so make sure that where you are celebrating will allow this. BabyCakes should know when you call and order, almost all of Disney owned restaurants will accept the delivery. (Many of the restaurants in World Showcase at Epcot are not Disney owned).

Our BabyCakes NYC Wedding Cake
Our BabyCakes NYC Wedding Cake

If you’re really craving a donut or some cupcakes you should stop by the Garden’s Kiosk in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This little kiosk is also known by it’s nickname of ‘The Allergy Kiosk.’ Here you can get donuts and cupcakes that are all provided by BabyCakes NYC. This is the only place in Disney Parks that you can walk up and order a BabyCakes treat.

Garden's Kiosk Menu
Garden’s Kiosk Menu

BabyCakes items can also be found at several resorts. You can find mini cupcakes and other sweets at The BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation, Everything Pop at Disney’s Pop Century, The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club.

Chocolate Dipped Donut
Chocolate Dipped Donut

As of November 2014 paperwork has been publicly filed indicating that BabyCakes will be returning to Disney Springs. The new bakery will be called Erin McKenna’s Bakery Valentine which will have a bakery and store front with baking utensils. Disney Springs will slowly start opening during early 2015, no news on when the BabyCakes bakery will be opening.

Do you want to place an order for BabyCakes for a celebration or just treats in your room? Here’s what you need to do: call 407.938.9044 to talk to the bakery, they ask that you give them at least a 72 hour notice. There is a $10 fee for delivery and a minimum for certain treats. You can order everything that they had in their bakery previously including the various breads and cupcakes. If you have it delivered to your room they will drop it off early in the morning.

 

What is your favorite sweet from BabyCakes NYC? Tell us in the comments!