Orlando Live 2017 Day 16 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Fun in the Sun

Our penultimate day in Orlando and the sun was out. Today we had time in Hollywood Studios and EPCOT including last-minute shopping and pin trading. Lunch was at 50’s Prime Time Cafe for one of the most entertaining meals available at any Disney park.

50's Prime Time Cafe Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe

50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of Walt Disney World. The cafe serves classic American Comfort Food. The cafe is themed like Mom’s kitchen and you are served by your Aunts and Uncles! You may dine at a¬†retro TV table and enjoy black-and-white clips from popular 50’s prime-time shows whilst enjoying your meal.

50's Prime Time Cafe Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe

However; be warned there are house rules!

  • No elbows on the table.
  • Put your napkin on your lap.
  • Lay the table.
  • Finish your vegetables.
  • No chewing with you mouth open.
  • Plus many other rules you may find out too late.

Break the rules and your Aunt or Uncle might issue a punishment

  • Stand in the corner.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor.
  • Threats to do the dishes.
  • Get force-fed your vegetables with airplane noises.
50's Prime Time Cafe Hollywood Studios Eat Your Food
Next Time Eat Your Food

50’s Prime Time Cafe is great fun. It does not serve the best food in Disney World but it does taste great and portions are huge.

50's Prime Time Cafe Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe Kitchen

After a needed lie-in our day started at Hollywood Studios. We had missed some of our Fastpass reservations but on arrival had one for Toy Story Mania. Toy Story Mania remains a great ride.

Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios

Weather today was great and there wasn’t any rain. It feels we have been very unfortunate with the weather on this trip. Whilst July weather is variable it has been wetter then we expected.

Green Army Man Hollywood Studios
Green Army Man

We also took the opportunity today to meet several characters. On this trip we have not met as many characters as before but this morning grabbed time with Olaf, Star-Lord, Groot, Pluto, Jake and Princess Sofia.

Star-Lord & Groot Hollywood Studios
Star-Lord & Groot

After lunch we went back to EPCOT. We took the Friendship Boat between the 2 parks. This was the first ever time we have taken this boat. It is a pleasant journey. So pleasant I had a little nap.

Friendship Boat to EPCOT
Friendship Boat to EPCOT

Prior to leaving for EPCOT we got a Fastpass for Test Track. Not for the first time a technical issue delayed this Fastpass and so it would be available for any ride until park closing. Handily this allowed us to get a 2nd Fastpass for Soarin.

The main aim of our return to EPCOT was to complete World Showcase. We all love World Showcase but always spend too long in the first few countries and end up rushing the rest. On our next trip we will definitely see the American Adventure.

United Kingdom EPCOT
United Kingdom EPCOT

With time running short we made it to Soarin. I’m in a minority in our family who preferred the old Soarin film but the ride is still a must-do. Unfortunately we were directed into the wrong line and probably waited a bit too long for the ride. On leaving it was almost 9pm.

The park was due to close at 9pm and it seemed our last ride on Test Track; which was now open; would not happen. On arrival the Fastpass queue was closed but a brilliant cast member rather kindly let us in. Test Track in my opinion is an even better ride at night.


Back to the hotel to start packing our cases with just a morning in Magic Kingdom to remain.

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