Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are discussing some of the unique dining experiences you can find at Walt Disney World.
One of my favorite unique dining experiences is at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. It gets guests back to a time when family dinners were a daily occurrence. Families were not worried about getting home from work and then rushing to get the kids to their nightly activity (sports, drama club, band, etc.). Families, in the 50’s, took the time and spent time eating together and catching up on the day before sitting down in front of the tiny television to watch some family programming.
The servers treat both the young and old as their kids. The servers play the role of mom and dad. They have high expectations. They expect to hear “please and thank you,” they expect to not to see your elbows on the table, they do not like tattle-tales, and they expect you to be a member of the clean plate club. Very few restaurants or homes are like this any more. One of the last places that I experienced this was during elementary and middle school where we had family-style lunches. The teachers sat at the head of the different tables and set the rules for the table. Some teachers were relaxed while others were strict. One teacher even went as far as having a three-strikes and no dessert policy.
But back to Disney and 50’s Prime Time Cafe. the decor is simply 1950’s from the tables to servers even down to the shows on the televisions sprinkled throughout the restaurant.
Who doesn’t enjoy watching the film from the opening day at Disneyland while eating their lunch or dinner. Some of the other televisions show various television shows from the 1950’s. It adds a nice piece of background ambiance to the meal.
Enough about the ambiance and decor….what about the food. The food is fantastic. Large portions and very filling. When I went with my family a couple of years ago, we went with the following. Any time fried chicken is on a Disney menu, it is going to be in front of me. So, I went with Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. My wife could not make up her mind (everything sounded so good). She decided on A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes which is a piece of fried chicken (which meant more fried chicken for me), pot roast, and meat loaf. My daughter took in some baked chicken.
But we weren’t done. It was time for dessert. Since we were on the dining plan, we all got dessert and just like our entrees. The portions were large and filling. We couldn’t finish our dessert. I had the warm apple crisp while my wife had the brownie sundae which my daughter poached some of the ice cream out of.
I would like to thank a fellow Blogorailer, Julie from Saving Up For Disney, for letting me borrow her pictures for use in the article. The photos from my experience at 50’s Prime Time Cafe are lost somewhere on a fried laptop. So, thank you, Julie.
50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of the more unique dining experiences at Walt Disney World and take guests back to the everyday dining experience of our parents and grandparents.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | Unique Disney Dining Experiences Loop:
- 1st Stop – Capturing Magical Memories | Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine
- 2nd Stop – Dad for Disney | 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- 3rd Stop – Sam’s Disney Diary | Victoria and Albert’s “The Queen Victoria Room Experience”
- 4th Stop – Adventureland Pam | T-Rex Restaurant
- 5th Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Garden View Tea Room
11 thoughts on “Say Please and Thank You: A Meal at 50’s Prime Time Cafe”
We ate here once a few years back and it certainly is a unique dining experience. My one daughter was taken aback when our waitress insisted that she try her greens (which came with the fried chicken) and even scooped some up on her fork and fed them to her! She was a bit miffed that her older sister (who got green beans and had already “shared” them with my husband) didn’t get the same treatment!
I always flip a coin at Studios… 50th Prime time, or Sci-Fi Drivein… Love them both. Lots of great memories of Dad getting feed the last bite. We always ask for Uncle Tom… he is always playing with Jones Boys next door…
I’ve eaten here a few times and love it as well. Seen a few parents get sent to the corner and it was hilarious! I love the comfort food selection and the great interactions with the servers. The fried chicken is the best!
We haven’t been here in a while but are excited to make a return visit in February. We’ll have my mom with us and this is right up her alley. I can’t wait to see the antics!
I love this restaurant. Most of the Disney “expensive” restaurants we haven’t been to, but I love this one. We have actually been a few times. Your description makes me want to go again!
We have had some of our most memorable meals there. Mainly memories of laughter at the expense of someone else at the table ( I made sure to eat all my vegetables!) I also recommend the pot roast. It was awesome!