This is Part 4 of my series on eating with food allergies in Walt Disney World. In Part 1 I discussed planning ahead for your visit, in Part 2 I focused on eating in the Magic Kingdom, and in Part 3 I shared my experience with the new food allergy kiosk in Animal Kingdom.
Today, I'll tell you all about what we ate in Hollywood Studios.
|Monster's University topiaries at the entrance to Hollywood Studios|
Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly known as MGM Studios), is one of the smaller parks in Disney World and, like Animal Kingdom, is often treated as a "half-day" park by guests. There are fewer sit-down dining options in this park (four), and more counter service restaurants as a result. The park features an Old Hollywood theme, set in the heyday of the movie industry.
|Secret Service or cool teenage guests?|
As we found when we visited the Magic Kingdom's Columbia Harbour House restaurant, Disney has just rolled out new, printed allergy-free menus at all its counter service restaurants. This we found very helpful as we stood in line to place our order; it was much more efficient to read our options and make our choices, than to discuss them with the cashier and make decisions on the fly based on the information she gave us.
|C3PO places his allergy-free lunch order.|
We chose to eat lunch in Hollywood Studios, and returned to a highly-themed restaurant that we have enjoyed in the past, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. This sit-down establishment is decorated to resemble an outdoor drive-in movie theater, complete with night sky, a huge movie screen, and tables made of "vintage" 1950's convertibles.
|Seating in "cars" at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater|
The five of us sat in one cool car, complete with three bench seats. Under-counter lighting illuminated our menus as we amused ourselves watching original previews for classic B movies like "The Amazing Colossal Man" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon."
|Enjoying highbrow entertainment|
|GF Mac 'n Cheese|
|GF Rueben Sandwich and Cucumber Salad|
Our lunches were served quickly (which sometimes does not happen when a special order is placed), and featured a special pick labeled "Allergy," presumably to keep them apart from the non-allergy items in the kitchen. The chef was very pleasant to speak with, and it was fun to have so many options to choose from. Just about everything we ate was very tasty (with the exception of the GF wrap, but I was the only one who didn't like it. My husband thought it was fine.)
|Ceiling in Toy Story Mania|
The rest of the day, we ate the snacks we brought ourselves. Each child carried a light backpack (the kind with strings for straps), and packed his own snack each morning. I laid out a Make-Your-Own Trail Mix bar in the hotel room and the boys chose their favorite nuts, dried fruits, and dried meats (pepperoni). My suitcase was MUCH lighter on our return trip, as I packed all the snacks from home! (Just a note: no one ever wanted the tuna. It all came back home with me.)
|Fozzy Bear and Kermit enjoying some trail mix.|
|Pepperoni, dates and raisins for the 9-year-old.|
Another highly-themed restaurant at Hollywood Studios is the 50's Prime Time Cafe, where all the waitresses act like your mother and urge you to finish your vegetables before you are allowed to eat dessert. We didn't have time to try eating allergy-free here during this visit, but I wonder how all those "moms" will help out their "kids" with food allergies? Any experience with that? Tell us in the comments!
|Twilight Zone Tower of Terror|
|Teenagers do smile sometimes!|
Other posts in this series:
Part 1: Planning for your allergy-free Disney vacation
Part 2: Eating in the Magic Kingdom
Part 3: The new food allergy kiosk in Animal Kingdom
Part 4: Eating allergy-free in Hollywood Studios
Part 5: Eating allergy-free in Epcot
Part 6: Eating allergy-free at Disney hotel restaurants
Part 7: The rest of the parks (Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon, room service and more)