'50s Prime Time Cafe

Description from PassPorter's Walt Disney World Guidebook:

Clean your plate in an old kitchenette, while “Mom” serves gussied-up versions of home-cooked meals like meatloaf, pot roast, fried chicken, salmon, grilled pork tenderloin, chicken pot pie, sandwiches, and salads ($15–$23), plus scrumptious malts, milkshakes, and sundaes ($6–$7). Vintage TV clips of “I Love Lucy” and “The Honeymooners” play while you eat, and your “brother” and “sister” (your servers) boss you around when your “Mom” isn’t watching. This is a unique dining experience if you’re willing to play along—not recommended for the overly shy. Veggie burgers on request. The dining areas and adjoining bar/waiting area are a wonderland of ‘50s-vintage Formica, television sets, and knickknacks. Table and booth seating.

Get a full copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook here.
Lunch Average: $45
Dinner Average: $45

Lunch Hours: 11:00 am - 3:15 pm
Dinner Hours: 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Seating: Indoor only at tables and chairs, full booths, half booths

PassPorter's Ratings for '50s Prime Time Cafe
Author Jennifer Marx's Rating:
Author Dave Marx's Rating:

Readers Rating:

Quality: Value:
Service: Magic:
Your Age:
Your Social Group:
I would definitely eat at this eatery again!
I think this eatery is good choice on the Disney Dining Plan!
Comments On Your Rating:

Note: You are not logged in. Please login (or create a free account) before saving your rating. If you already logged in, or are having problems staying logging in, please visit our login help page for solutions and support. Thank you!
What PassPorter Readers Think of '50s Prime Time Cafe (29 comments):

Our server was friendly, but didn't really play into the "act", so a little disappointed, since that was what we were expecting. The food was just OK, although the fried chicken was good! It's a "been there, done that" for us, so probably won't go back again.
momtotaryn gave this a rating of 7 on 07/16/2016 at 3:39:56 pm EDT

Our particular server wasn't great, but we saw plenty of other servers having fun and that helped. The fried chicken and the pot pie were both really good. Desserts were really good as well.
dolphin041599 gave this a rating of 8 on 07/03/2016 at 10:06:47 pm EDT

Food is okay - used to be more magical however demand has squashed that. Not as much character as the time we went before (even though we requested someone who would cut up with us).
Bruhaha gave this a rating of 6 on 07/01/2016 at 12:29:10 am EDT

Such a fun place to eat with great down home cooking.
Gingerk gave this a rating of 9 on 06/30/2016 at 2:26:26 pm EDT

This is my favorite place to eat at DHS. It is so much fun, and I love the menu. My husband and I first ate here on our honeymoon. We loved all the antics of the Cast Members. I love the clips on the TV's, and decorations. The food is yummy. I love the meat loaf and pot roast. The sundaes are amazing.
DisneyKimber gave this a rating of 10 on 06/30/2016 at 2:25:39 pm EDT

Food is average, but atmosphere is fun!
jmtnapier gave this a rating of 8 on 06/30/2016 at 11:01:30 am EDT

We really enjoy themed restaurants and this is one of the best! We liked the fried chicken and the milkshakes! The only complaint was that our server didn't really ham it up. It might have been because our kids were too young but we are looking forward to trying this on our next trip and seeing if we can really get someone to play along with us!
EvaKi gave this a rating of 8 on 06/29/2016 at 11:31:27 am EDT

Fun and the food has been consistently good. We've never had an "over the top" waiter/waitress that I've heard about.
TomiRocket gave this a rating of 9 on 06/27/2016 at 1:03:20 pm EDT

Fun place to eat and the milkshakes are amazing.
Disneygirl288 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/25/2016 at 9:20:15 pm EDT

It all depends on your waiter. Ours was awful. Couldn't get into character at all.
markL gave this a rating of 7 on 06/23/2016 at 6:51:06 pm EDT

A must do for us. The amount of fun you have depends greatly on your server. We have a lot of great memories of fun times at the 50's Prine Time Cafe. The PB & J milkshake is amazing !
Dopey Girl gave this a rating of 8 on 06/20/2016 at 9:04:47 pm EDT

Best restaurant in Hollywood--keep your elbows off the table
cutiepie gave this a rating of 8 on 06/20/2016 at 11:32:03 am EDT

Fun place to recall the 50s.
Maryann Justinger gave this a rating of 8 on 06/20/2016 at 10:56:57 am EDT

I think the food was very good and if you can handle the wait staff and have a good sense of humor, it can be a fun experience. But I can also see people being very turned off by the gruff manner (which is on purpose) of some of the staff. I think it's a good sit down option for Hollywood Studios but I don't need to rush back there.
rjust44 gave this a rating of 6 on 06/19/2016 at 9:33:51 pm EDT

Imagine having dinner in a 50's kitchen while your Mom or Sister serves dinner. No elbows on the table - eat your dinner or no dessert are common phrases you get here. Play along - it makes the whole experience! Ask for the dessert menu! It comes in very unique packaging.
Missi gave this a rating of 10 on 06/17/2016 at 3:14:02 pm EDT

We had a delicious lunch here. I cleaned my plate! The fried chicken and pot roast were both so yummy! Our waitress wasn't totally into her character, but I still recommend it.
mbbowen gave this a rating of 8 on 06/17/2016 at 10:17:54 am EDT

Great food and great service especially if you play along with the servers.
jazzman55 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/17/2016 at 9:24:16 am EDT

One of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World. The experience is much better if you become part of the show and banter with the servers.
fletch1965 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/17/2016 at 9:11:48 am EDT

the dining experience is great when you get a server that really plays the part. Been lucky to always get one.
gram25gs gave this a rating of 8 on 06/16/2016 at 2:23:40 pm EDT

Your dining experience does vary depending on your server. Some get into the part more than others. Atmosphere/theming is fantastic though.
dodgersle gave this a rating of 9 on 06/14/2016 at 12:27:01 pm EDT

Interaction with server was minimal. Expected the server to have fun with the kids making wise cracks. Server made one or two one liners and moved on to the next table. Overheard server make the same stale joke at the table next to us.
scott disney dad gave this a rating of 7 on 06/13/2016 at 10:46:30 pm EDT

I love this place,the T vs and "mom"
KDevines gave this a rating of 10 on 06/13/2016 at 10:40:53 pm EDT

This was fun with younger kids. Wait staff has fun with them. The food was good. Something very different
handette gave this a rating of 9 on 06/13/2016 at 7:03:02 pm EDT

Not what I was expecting. Food was so-so. Didn't get any interaction from the server.
MayraLR gave this a rating of 7 on 06/13/2016 at 3:08:35 pm EDT

It's a better experience than you think it will be.
Moghedan gave this a rating of 8 on 06/13/2016 at 10:31:23 am EDT

A great atmosphere, fun waiting area. An insane amount of food. Got a milkshake to go for Fantasmic.
Big G gave this a rating of 9 on 06/11/2016 at 6:26:54 pm EDT

We always enjoy eating here with "our cousins." Food is always awesome and very reasonable for a theme park restaurant. Love the theming!
jmrkcr gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 8:20:46 pm EDT

My favorite eating location in the Hollywood Studios! It has great a great throwback atmosphere, awesome servers, and the food is perfect comfort food. Be ready for laughs and some good old S'mores for dessert!
Csb10salum gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 11:54:40 am EDT

We love the ambience and the playful interaction with the servers. Awesome food is a nice plus. But this place is more about the show. And it's great fun. Highly recommended for families.
TwinDaddy59 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 11:23:40 am EDT

Type: Table
Cuisine: American
Noise Factor: Noisy

Dress Code: Theme park casual

Annual Pass Discount: No
DVC Member Discount: No
Disney Visa Discount: No
Tables in Wonderland Discount: Yes

Reservations: Accepted at this restaurant for lunch and dinner.

Tip: You can make reservations at this eatery up to 180 days in advance (or, if you are a Walt Disney World resort hotel guest, up to 180 days + 10 days from your check-in date). To find out the exact date and time you can make reservations at this eatery, add it as an activity to a trip itinerary in PassPorter's Disney Trip Planner Tools.

Explore other eateries in Echo Lake:
  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • '50s Prime Time Cafe
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
  • Oasis Canteen
  • Tune-In Lounge
  • Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction
  • Peevy's Polar Pipeline
  • AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    PassPorter ~ 1998-2017 ~ 19 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
    Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
    Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online and by e-mail.
    Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.

    PassPorter in the News