Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hollywood and Vine Review

Are you looking for a character dining experience that your little ones will enjoy, that includes more than just chicken nuggets?  The Hollywood and Vine Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios is the place to start!  All three meals are served here each day, with breakfast and lunch featuring beloved characters from Disney Junior.  This is a 1940’s art-deco style cafĂ© featuring favorite American dishes on a buffet.  I would recommend all three meals here; they never disappoint. 

Disney Junior’s Play 'n Dine is the only place to eat with the characters from Disney Junior: Jake, Handy Manny, Sofia the First, and Doc McStuffins.  About every 30 minutes the characters will come out and provide an energetic and interactive show set to music. The kids will enjoy dancing with characters and doing a parade around the room. The characters  also each do a table side meet and greet for photos and autographs.

Maybe more importantly for the adults is the food.  Each of the meals is buffet style.  Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available.  This is always one of our must go to places; not only do the kiddos love the entertainment, but the food is fabulous. 

Breakfast consists of favorites like Mickey Waffles, baked egg dishes, assorted pastries and potato casseroles.  For lunch there are deli sandwich options, baked chicken dishes, seafood, pastas and various salads.  At dinner you'll find herb salmon, carved meats, baked chicken dishes, and my favorite: create your own pasta.  Each meal has the option of enjoying the Sundae Bar, and lunch and dinner usually have the chocolate fountain accompanied by numerous dipping options! 

Dinner at Hollywood and Vine is also included in the Fantasmic Dining Package.  When you book a dinner as a part of this package you are given priority-seating passes to the nightly show when you finish dining.  Typically, the seating times for these package meals are early in the evening (for example, dinner may have to be at 4:30 pm),  but I think it’s worth it. It feels great to bypass the standby line and have special reserved seating just for us!

Reservations are available 180 days prior to check in,  and I would strongly recommend making one.  Another tip: you can even get a breakfast time prior to the park opening! Your name and reservation will be listed at the front gate to let you in. This gives you a little quiet time in the park for some good photo ops,  and then you are inside the gate and at the rope when the park officially opens!

Amy

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