50’s Prime Time Cafe Review: A Classic Returns & Dreamboat Desserts

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After a stroll through the Golden Age of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, take a left on Hollywood Boulevard and venture into the decade of the Mickey Mouse Club and Leave It To Beaver at 50’s Prime Time Cafe!

Located next to Hollywood & Vine and in the Echo Lake corner of the park, 50’s Prime Time Cafe is themed like a kitchen from the “Nifty Fifties” with laminate tabletops, kitschy accents, and pastel color palettes.

Since you’re enjoying a homecooked meal in the kitchen, your servers are “family” and are likely to remind you to wash your hands, eat your veggies, and keep your elbows off the table!

Another fun aspect of the experience is that you get to watch TV! Expect black-and-white clips from popular sitcoms and Disney shows to play while you dine.

50’s Prime Time is open from 10:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The restaurant is also home to the popular Tune-In Lounge where the full cafe menu is available upon request!

Due to this restaurant’s popularity, Advance Dining Reservations are strongly encouraged. A walk-up list is offered through the My Disney Experience app; but to secure yourself a table at the time you prefer, check out our free TouringPlans Reservation Finder!

Now our team has always loved 50’s Prime Time Cafe, but we think the current menu is just the bee’s knees! Here’s what we enjoyed during our visit:

Appetizers

Deviled Eggs – $11.00

The selection changes often; but during our team’s trip back in time, the jalapeno-deviled eggs were on the menu for the day. They were creamy, perfect, and the would-be star of any covered dish dinner. Outstanding.

Roasted Tomato Soup – $9.00

So thick and delicious, you can tell this soup isn’t from a can. Plus, the focaccia croutons are just perfection.

Cousin Amy’s Iceberg Lettuce Wedge – $11.00

So simple that it reminded us of those old-fashioned steakhouses from decades gone by. The rice paper bacon is way better than you’re thinking.

Entrees

A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes – $27.00

Our team wishes every dining location would offer this type of plate. It’s a hearty serving of all the best things on the menu! We’re talking chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, veggies, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Stupendous!

Grandpa Jean’s Chicken Pot Pie – $24.00

Our team is SO happy this is back and it is just as magnificent as we remembered!

Beautifully stewed chicken, flaky pastry, and fresh and tender vegetables, you should ask for a spoon so you won’t miss a scrumptious bite!

Blue Plate Special – $26.00

This dish will change; but during our team’s visit, the special happened to be shrimp and grits.

Even though the grits were lovely, this item had a bit of heat. We would skip it next time.

Desserts

Quick note about the dessert menu at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. They’re all wonderful – some of the best values on the property – and there’s no wrong choice! Plan on a box because they’re all huge.

Dad’s Favorite Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layered Cake – $8.00

What more can we say except that it’s chocolate, it’s peanut butter, and it’s cake?

Traditional Warm Apple Crisp A la Mode – $9.50

Just yes. That’s it. That’s the review.

Grasshopper Bar – $8.00

The menu describes this one as mint white chocolate mousse, speckled with chocolate chips, atop a chocolate chip cookie. It’s fluffy, minty, and a great option!

Lemon Meringue – $9.00

This is just old-fashioned perfection and perfect for summertime.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – $9.50

DON’T SKIP THIS ONE!!! Seriously. It’s brown sugar, butter, pineapple, carmelized pineapple and caramel sauce, and a huge serving for the price.

Are you a fan of 50’s Prime Time Cafe? Which of these fantastic desserts would you choose? Let us know in the comments!

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

2 thoughts on “50’s Prime Time Cafe Review: A Classic Returns & Dreamboat Desserts

  • July 11, 2022 at 9:58 pm
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    I going in September and I’m going to try them all

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  • July 18, 2022 at 6:13 am
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    How was the CM interactions? Last time I went, they did nothing.

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