There’s no denying that the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Hollywood Studios has one of the most unique atmospheres. I love how transportive it feels. For those unfamiliar with the Sci-Fi Dine-In, It’s themed like a 1950s drive-in. Guests get to eat their meals in convertible cars (Pulp Fiction style) while watching clips from old science fiction films like Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space. I just think it is totally awesome to still find a place in Hollywood Studios where Hollywood legends like Bela Lugosi still have a home. The films clips are mainly from “B” films, and I like to pretend I’m on Mystery Science Theater 3000 while I add my own sarcastic commentary.
Despite how much I love the atmosphere, I haven’t been dining here as often as I used to because my vegetarian and vegan meals have been a disappointment on the last few visits. I think the vegetarian falafel burger is too dry and preparing my own lettuce wrap is an odd choice for the dark and small space (plus, not something I really enjoy). There is a tofu and rice option off menu, but I didn’t care for that one either. I had all but written off one of my favorite dining experiences due to the decline in food options. Recently, I noticed a vegan cookie milkshake and vegan “crabless” cakes on the menu. I decided to hop on into the Sci-Fi Dine-In to try these new items.
First, this place has not declined in popularity even though the food quality has slipped. We had a reservation, but still waited a good 15 to 20 minutes to be seated. On the plus side, the Sci-Fi Dine-In offers complimentary movie popcorn and water while you wait, or you can head over to the adjacent BaseLine Tap House for a beer and pretzel.
Let’s start with the milkshake. I LOVED this milkshake! It was made with almond milk, HUGE chunks of vegan cookies (some serious slurping took place to try to move them up the straw), chocolate and topped with vegan whipped cream and more cookies! This is the best milkshake that I’ve had at the Sci-Fi (including dairy milkshakes). The milkshake was good, but was it $7 good? Yes Vincent Vega, you heard me right…$7!!! It’s a steep price, but vegan milkshakes are hard to come by at Disney and I would order it again.
Next, we tried the vegan “crabless” cakes. This is a small appetizer, but it was pretty big on flavor. It was served with a creamy sauce and Asian-style slaw. I liked the fresh flavors of ginger. It really complemented the tangy and saltiness of the “crabless” cakes. I would definitely order this item again too.