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Eat This, Not That In Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios hasn’t been known for having the best dining options in Walt Disney World.  With the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, this Disney Park is slowly starting to provide some top dining options once again.

Don’t be fooled, however.  There are still some options that you will want to skip out on while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We have a quick “eat this, not that” review of some dining choices in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to help you know where you will want to eat while visiting.

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Eat This:  Snacks

Let’s start with some snack options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

We think one of the best snacks in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Wookiee Cookie located at Backlot Express.  This cookie is $5.99 and is made with two oatmeal cookies with vanilla cream filling and a milk chocolate sash on top.  It is huge and easy to share.

Another delicious treat you can only get in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the lunch box tarts from Woody’s Lunch Box.  You can choose from raspberry, lemon-blueberry, or chocolate hazelnut as well, sometimes a holiday-themed tart.  These are fun and unique treats.

Finally, don’t skip out on the amazing Jack-Jack’s Num Num Cookie.  This large, warm and delicious cookie is something that shouldn’t be skipped out on.

Not This: Snacks

There aren’t any snacks that we feel should be skipped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but we do think some might not be as good as what we mentioned before.

Think about skipping the popcorn, basic ice cream, and other treats you might be able to get at home or at other parks.  Take time to enjoy the unique treats while you are visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Eat This: Quick Service

Disney’s Hollywood Studios hasn’t always had the best quick-service options.  It has greatly improved with the addition of Woody’s Lunch Box, Docking Bay 7 as well as Ronto Rosters.  These three locations have really made a big difference in this Disney Park when it comes to those quick meals.

Our first choice is going to be Ronto Wraps in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  As you can imagine you can enjoy ronto wraps throughout the day here.  You can have a breakfast wrap with an egg and sausage while in the afternoons you can enjoy the regular and delicious ronto wrap with sausage and amazing peppercorn sauce.

The other great choice is Woody’s Lunch Box located in Toy Story Land.  Although seating can be difficult here as it is limited and all outside, the food choices are fun (who doesn’t love grilled cheese) and potato barrels (tater tots) that are both delicious.

As you are planning where to eat, make sure you that mobile order through your My Disney Experience app.  This is important so you don’t run into hangry issues.

Not This:  Quick Service

PizzeRizzo is one that we recommend passing up when it comes to dining in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The pizzas here are basic bubble pizzas that don’t have a lot to offer.  The salads are premade and aren’t always fresh.  We feel that there are better options to choose from.

The other options we would probably skip are those located down Sunset Boulevard.  Both Fairfax Fare and Rose’s All American offer very basic theme park options.  You will find hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and your basic burgers at these locations.  Although they aren’t bad, the all outdoor seating and the fact that the food is basic options we feel there are other options that are better.

Prime Time Cafe

Eat This:  Table Service

There are a few good options when it comes to table-service meals in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Remember, these reservations can be made 60 days in advance.  If you aren’t able to get one then, consider using the walk-up waitlist in the My Disney Experience app as well.

If you are looking for a fun, unique dining option, consider looking into 50’s Prime Time or Sci-Fi Dine-in.  Both of these locations offer comfort food as well as a fun environment.  50’s Prime Time will take you back to your grandparent’s house where veggies must be eaten before dessert is offered.  Sci-Fi has fun old-school cartoons and you can even dine while you sit in a car.  These are both fun and entertaining locations that offer food that is consistently good.

Hollywood and Vine
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We have recently been impressed with the character dining option at Hollywood and Dine.  Here Guests can meet their favorite Disney Jr. friends for breakfast and then Minnie and friends in the afternoon and evening.  The change from a buffet to a plated option has really made Hollywood and Vine a much better dining option.

Finally, if you are wanting a quieter meal, look at Hollywood Brown Derby.  Known for their cob salad, Hollywood Brown Derby has excellent flights to choose from and nice, fresh, and light meals that are perfect for those warm days in the parks.

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
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Not This:  Table-Service Meal

Even though there are some great table service options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are a few that we would suggest staying away from.  It isn’t that these are bad, but we just feel the other options are stronger choices when it comes to the food and atmosphere.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is one location we would skip.  There isn’t anything wrong with this location, but it isn’t anything exciting.  You can enjoy basic pasta, pizza, and salad here at Mama Melrose.   We feel that the other sit-down options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios offer more choices, a better atmosphere, and better food quality.

It is exciting that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is making great progress when it comes to food choices for Guests.  We hope breaking down some of the options will help you determine what you want to eat the next time you are in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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