50s Prime Time Cafe
  • On Mar 31, 2022
    Peter from DURHAM Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I was VERY disappointed when trying to make reservation at 50's Cafe at Disney Hollywood; I was online to make reservation within 1 minute of the start time for reservations for May 30th - for 9 people - all that was available was for 2 people. WHY

    Welcome to planDisney, Peter!

    Hooray! Your countdown has dipped below two months, which means you’ll be standing right in the middle of Sunset Boulevard with a Mickey Pretzel in hand and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in your view before you know it. I bet your excitement is bursting at the seams!

    I imagine that excitement was slightly dampened when you were not able to score a coveted advanced dining reservation at 50's Prime Time Café for your trip. Look, I get it! That is hands-down my favorite restaurant on property and a must-do for all of our trips back home. Disney Imagineers are masters in storytelling, and 50's Prime Time Café is no exception. Guests feel as if they have been transported to another era between the attention to detail with mid-century modern furniture, black-and-white TVs playing clips of 1950's sitcoms, and kitschy vintage decor. The playful antics and interactions with your cousins (Cast Members) make the dining experience so much fun. Plus, they have their famous Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake on the menu- YUM!

    50's Prime Time Café truly is the bee's knees, but they typically aren't able to accommodate large parties at one table all together. Your best bet is to break your large party into two smaller groups and have one adult in each of those groups book separate dining reservations within the same time frame (you could contact Disney Dining for assistance booking two simultaneous reservations instead). Once you check in at the restaurant, let the Cast Member at the hostess stand know you have two reservations. They will do their best to seat your groups close together, though it’s not a guarantee. This is precisely what my family group of 10 did when we last dined there. They were able to seat us at adjacent tables so we could all still visit with one another, but we ultimately were at separate tables. I know splitting into two groups isn't ideal, but I think the overall experience at 50's Prime Time Café is worth it.

    Peter, here are a few of the restaurants I had the most luck booking dining reservations at for our group of 10 in November. We were quite satisfied with the service, tasty cuisine, and the fact that we were able to all dine at the same table. Perhaps one or two of these would be acceptable options for your party as well:

    -Boma - Flavors of Africa in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    -Biergarten Restaurant in EPCOT,
    -Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    -The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Park
    -Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park
    -Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs

    Enjoy your jolly holiday at Walt Disney World Resort. I hope to see you here at planDisney again one day!

    TTFN (ta-ta for now),
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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