The 50’s Prime Time Cafe might just be my favorite restaurant in Walt Disney World. The food is not the reason, although I really enjoy many of the dishes served there. The atmosphere is what makes it so awesome!
When you step into the restaurant, it is like stepping back in time! You suddenly find yourself in the 1950’s. This isn’t your “retro diner” type décor. This is “ideal 1950’s” house décor!. After checking in at the host stand…
…you wait in a 1950’s living room until Mom calls you into the kitchen for dinner.
Well, it might not be Mom. It might be Grandpa, your Uncle Joey, or maybe even your sister Loraine. The atmosphere in the 50’s Prime Time Cafe is defined as much by your server as by the décor. Each server has taken on the role of a family member and acts the part. The best part is that you and your dining companions are included in the fun. Violating proper 1950’s table etiquette can bring results that range anywhere from unexpected to hilarious.
There are some downsides to this. Some servers are more “into the part” than others and there’s nothing worse than getting a dud server at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. While there are always the clips from 1950’s television shows (running continuously on the multiple television sets) to keep your interest while you wait, the real fun is the show that the servers put on.
While I’m avoiding food porn in this blog post, I am going to point out some of my favorite menu items. In no particular order, they are Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken, Vanilla Coke (to drink), Mom’s Old Fashioned Pot Roast, Onion Rings, and S’mores. I will also add that I find the garlic mashed potatoes are too heavy on the garlic for my tastes, and I usually order a different vegetable than the green beans. (Trust me when I say that you want to make sure you order vegetables you will enjoy.)
Finally, here’s a tip for those of you who want to eat the food but want to avoid a huge wait (or the show): You can order all the menu items by going to the Tune In Lounge, which is actually Dad’s liquor cabinet in the waiting area!
Thanks for stopping by and reading! If you’ve been to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe and have any fun stories to tell about it, I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments!