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Hollywood & Vine is the only character dining location in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unlike most of the other character meals across Disney World property, however, the characters change depending on the meal. People seem to either love this location or hate it. Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know about this unique character meal restaurant so you can decide if it is the perfect restaurant for you and your family.
Hollywood and Vine is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At breakfast, you will find Disney Jr. characters. These characters periodically change, depending on the popularity of shows on the Disney Jr. network. Currently, you will find Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Roadster Racer Goofy.
When we last ate here a few years ago, Doc was joined by Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny, and Sofia the First
For lunch and dinner, the restaurant switches over to Minnie’s Seasonal Dining. The characters here are typically Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto.
While these characters stay the same throughout the year, they change their costumes, depending on the time of year. Their costumes include spring outfits, summer clothes, Halloween costumes, and their Christmas best.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, during character meals, characters are not allowed to come up to your table to interact like usual. Instead they walk around the restaurant and will appear in your selfies from afar. Character autographs are also currently suspended. Instead, you will receive a card with the characters autographs on it.
Hollywood & Vine is decorated as a 1940’s style cafeteria. Like much of Hollywood Studios, this restaurant has many art deco touches inside and out. Other than the art deco design, this restaurant’s theme is pretty bland.
There are themed backdrops, depending on which meal you are there for, set up at the front of the restaurant for photos.
If you are looking for an immersive environment to transport you to an exciting locale while dining, this is not the restaurant for you.
Hollywood & Vine is located in Hollywood Studios. You will find it in the Echo Lake area of the park, just a short distance from Hollywood Boulevard.
The restaurant sits next door to 50’s Prime Time Cafe. This can be a little confusing when you first walk up to check in for your reservation. But, the cast members working there are very willing to help you get where you need to be.
Because of its proximity to the entrance of the park, this restaurant is easy to get to from the front of the park.
The only problem with it’s location is that there is very little space outside to wait during busy times without being in the middle of the walkway, and there is no indoor waiting area.
Hollywood & Vine is an all-you-can-eat buffet for all three meals. There are two identical buffet stations, which help with crowd control. Across from the buffet stations, you will find the dessert station.
The menu here changes frequently. As an example, the breakfast menu may include fruit, pastries, eggs, bacon, sausage, omelettes, make-your-own breakfast burritos, and make-your-own yogurt bar.
At lunch, you may find baked chicken, pork, a pasta bar, lobster and shrimp mac-and-cheese, and seasonal pasta.
The dinner menu includes some of the same selections as lunch, but it also consists of things like carved turkey breasts and strip loin, as well as chipotle orange BBQ chicken. Additionally, for dinner only, you can book the Fantasmic! Dinner Package, which will give you, along with your meal, reserved seating for that night’s showing of Fantasmic!
For the kids, they offer selections such as chicken nuggets, and mac-and-cheese.
The dessert station offers soft serve ice cream and an assortment of handmade desserts.
You can find the full menu for all three meals at allears.net.
We have eaten here for all three meals. The food is decent, but nothing special. It is your typical buffet food. If you are looking for a delicious, unique, gourmet meal, this is not the place for you.
However, the appeal of eating here is not so much the food as it is the characters. You can definitely find better food elsewhere on property, but the food here is much better than at some other character meals on property.
COVID 19 UPDATE: Because of the pandemic restrictions currently in place, the buffet has been replaced with an a la cart menu. That menu includes some of the more popular dishes from the buffet offerings. Additionally, due to Fantasmic! not happening right now, there is also no Fantasmic! dining package.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
Hollywood & Vine does participate in the Disney Dining Plan. It will cost you one table service credit per person regardless of which meal you eat here.
To get the most bang for your dining plan buck, you need to eat here at dinner. However, if you have little ones that are really into the Disney Jr. characters, then this is a good use of your dining credits at breakfast because this is your only opportunity to dine with those particular characters.
If you are paying out of pocket, you can expect to pay $42 per adult and $27 per child age 3-9 for breakfast. Lunch and dinner are currently priced at $55 per adult and $36 per child age 3-9.
I believe that while the character interaction here is good, there are other character meals on property that are a better value because they have better food and character interactions. Garden Grill is one example of this.
While this is not the only restaurant that offers the Fantasmic! dining package, it is the only character meal with it. So, if you are looking to kill two birds with one stone, this is your best option. However, if you are more interested in the Fantasmic! dining package than characters, I would suggest trying Mama Melrose.
Personally, I don’t see that the Fantasmic! dining package is worth it. It gives you seating in a reserved section for Fantasmic!, but that is not the best section in the amphitheater. The only real advantage of the dining package is that it will save you about 15-30 minutes in wait time for the nighttime spectacular.
Hollywood & Vine is a character meal in Hollywood Studios that features Disney Jr. characters at breakfast and Minnie and friends at lunch and dinner. All meals are all-you-can-eat American style buffets. While the character interaction here is pretty good, especially for younger kids, the food is just ok.
If you have little kids who love the Disney Jr. characters or really want to see the classic characters in different costumes, this is a perfect choice for your character meal. If not, there are better restaurants on property to choose from.
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