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Why We Love The Sci Fi Diner in Walt Disney World (And You Should, Too!)

You guys may not know this about me, but years before I had kids my husband (then boyfriend) and I used to go to Disney four times a year and have the BEST adult trips. This was before Yelp, and Disney blogs, so I’d depend on message boards for all of my planning needs. One of the most talked about restaurants was the Sci-Fi Diner in what was then MGM Studios.

The first time we went as young adults, we had SUCH a good time. We vowed that every single time we returned we would absolutely make a stop at the Sci Fi Diner. So imagine how excited I was to take the kids and my mom for the first time at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference!

Here are a few of the reasons why we love the Sci Fi Diner (and you should too!)

The Food

I have never had a bad meal here. My favorite meal is the cheeseburger and fries (just simply one of the best in Walt Disney World) but my mom had the salmon salad, my son had the chicken nuggets and french fries and they all enjoyed their meals thoroughly.

The Ambiance

So the whole thing about dining in the Sci Fi Diner is that the entire restaurant is built to make you believe that you are sitting outside in a drive through watching old black and white movies.

Whether its daytime or night-time outside, it’s ALWAYS night-time inside of the restaurant. This makes for a really cool ambiance, it also requires flashlights for the menus!

Restaurant Seating In The Cars:

Everyone is seated in a car! Some families of four get to sit across from each other with a table in between, but if you are a couple you can sit in the front of a car with a table or in the backseat. Wherever you are placed, you can see the huge screen in front of you and all of the cars are classic and so fun!

The Free Popcorn:

While you wait for you table (which may be a while if you don’t do advanced dining reservations!) You can grab a free sample cup of freshly popped popcorn. Helps a LOT when you have hungry children waiting to eat!

The Wait Staff:

The staff is fantastic! They have the best magic tricks and jokes and they automatically transport you to a drive in diner! Every server that I have encountered have always made me feel right at home and make me never ever want to leave. They even gave “drivers licenses” to both boys which were super adorable.

The Movie Showings:

While you are enjoying your yummy eats you are also being entertained by a floor to ceiling screen with black and white showings of Tom & Jerry, and old movie trailers–nothing scary for the kids but fun to watch all the same.

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Have you ever been to the Sci Fi Diner? What is your favorite sit down restaurant in Walt Disney World?


Monday 9th of April 2018

I remember you saying you're a LONGtime Disney fan, and not just since kids. I totally want to go here!!!!


Monday 9th of April 2018

This looks so cool. I loved all of them at Animal Kingdom they had a food truck parked out front with nachos....yasssss

Janine Huldie

Monday 9th of April 2018

You know I pride myself on being a Disney lover. But would you believe I have never dined here when I have gone to Disney?! However I think I may need to change that ASAP and what can I say but thank you for sharing about the Sci Fi Diner here with me :)