Menu Monday: AMC Dine-In Theatre at Downtown Disney

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IMG_0135Hi everyone! By request, I’m stopping by with another Menu Monday to tell you all about the AMC dine-in Theatre at Downtown Disney. Anyone that has read my park reports knows I’m a fan of sloshing through Disney World in the rain. It might come as a surprise that another one of my rainy day favorites is visiting the AMC dine-in Theatre. Not to mention it makes for a great date night!

This past weekend I stopped by for a movie because a storm was coming and I hadn’t packed my rain gear. Since it was before noon, the parking situation was simple, but you should know that parking can be very difficult to find these days if you stop by later. It’s very simple to park at Saratoga Springs and stroll over. At the guard shack just tell them that’s your plan and they’ll direct you to the best parking. There’s nothing sneaky about it. With the limited parking available at Downtown Disney right now they’re encouraging you to find parking at a nearby resort.

IMG_0129Purchasing tickets to see a movie couldn’t be easier. Unlike a traditional movie theater you’ll actually reserve your seat. This can be done in advance online or in person at the theater. If you are a passholder, it’s a good idea to wait until you get to the theatre because you’ll receive a small passholder discount that’s only available at the theatre. However, if you’re trying to see a very popular movie you might have to reserve in advance to even get seats. Some theatres even offer seating for couples with just two seats! (pictured right) Other seats are grouped in a series of three or four seats. To see the type of theater your movie is in be sure to check online. Even if you don’t book tickets you can see the seating arrangements. Tickets range from $12 – $15 depending on the time of day.

Like most movie theatres, you can expect it to be pretty much freezing in there! I have noticed that it’s gotten much better lately, but it’s still a good idea to bring a jacket or a friend to snuggle with. Children are allowed as long as they’re accompanied by an adult but I’ve noticed there are considerably fewer children in the Dine-In Theatre. Overall, the experience is much more comfortable than a standard movie theater. I think it feels like watching a brand new movie on your own little couch once we raise the arm rests and get comfy and that’s before you even order food!

IMG_0132One of the biggest selling points for the AMC dine-in Theatre is the food! You might think that the food is just a novelty, but the quality is as good or better than most chain restaurants. Pricing is also comparable ranging from $9.99 to $14.99 for entrees. My favorite is pictured left, the Thai Bang Shrimp Tacos. However, just like a chain restaurant you can also enjoy appetizers and excellent desserts! Of course, if you’d rather just have candy or popcorn with the movie you’re welcome to do that or even order nothing at all. Just as you arrive at your seats you’ll be greeted by your wait staff that will go over how the experience works with you and ask you if you have any questions about the menu.

You’re able to get seated at your table 30 minutes before the movie starts. Before the movie starts you’re also able to order your full meal and swipe a credit card so you don’t have to fumble with one in the dark later.There is a big red button on your table that you can press at any time during the film if you’d like to order anything additional or just need service. In my experience, there is no need to press the button for drink refills as those magically appear before you have time to ask. The theatre also offers a full bar so if you’re so inclined there’s lots to enjoy!

For my money, the AMC dine-in Theatre is the best place to see a movie. (Well, with the exception of our local drive-in. But that’s a whole different blog!) It’s tough to go back to sticky, dark movie theatres after trying this once. The price is about the same as dinner and a movie anywhere and you can’t beat the convenience. If you need a break from the parks, I highly recommend stopping by here to refuel and relax. 

But what do you think? Have you tried the AMC dine-in Theatre?  What other questions to you have? Please let us know in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading and commenting!

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Daisy Lauren

I'm just about the biggest Touring Plans fan ever and still pinching myself that they let me be part of the team! I love sharing all things Disney with you and always appreciate your ideas and feedback at: daisylauren@touringplans.com or @dizdaisylauren on twitter Above everything else THANK YOU for reading and commenting!

One thought on “Menu Monday: AMC Dine-In Theatre at Downtown Disney

  • October 14, 2014 at 9:13 am
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    I agree with the awesomeness of the concept of AMC’s Dine-In Theatre at DD. So far, our experience is mixed. Our first experience was great, but there were 10 people in the room. Service was swift and attentive. Our second experience (Saving Mr. Banks), theatre was packed and service was extremely slow. Arrived 30 minutes in advance, order taken 5 minutes before trailers began. Food delivered 30 minutes into actual film. I’m hoping that was a one-off negative.

    My bigger frustration, however, is with the suggestion to park at Saratoga Springs. I don’t fault Daisy for the suggestion if that is indeed Disney’s current policy, but that does put people staying at Saratoga Springs at a distinct disadvantage. Even before the DD construction, I’ve had difficulty finding parking in my area in the evening, despite the fact the resort was nowhere near full, nor was our area. AS an SSR owner and guest, I will expect Disney to stop doing this – or else to give me a pass to park at Bay Lake Towers when I want to go the MK.

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