There can be no denying that Walt Disney World is full of amazing dining experiences. There truly is something for everyone. There is one particular meal that is made for the youngest of Disney fans though. It is the Disney Junior Play and Dine at Hollywood & Vine. As far as Disney Planning Tips go I can tell you that this is a must do meal for any vacation group that contains Disney Junior fans. Not only do the kids go crazy for it, but the parents will eat up (pun intended) every minute of seeing their kids interact with some of their best friends. As an added bonus the food is really good!
Disney’s Hollywood & Vine is a Disney’s Hollywood Studios park restaurant. It has been around since the park’s opening in 1989 (when the park was called Disney’s MGM Studios). The restaurant is designed to look like a 1940’s cafeteria with an art deco motif. It is located in the Echo Lake area and is part of the building that also houses the 50’s Prime Time Cafe Restaurant.
Disney Junior Play and Dine
It has been many years since Hollywood & Vine started hosting the Disney Junior Play and Dine meals (formerly Playhouse Disney Play and Dine). The Disney Junior Play and Dine meal is served for both breakfast and lunch. Note: Dinner is served at Hollywood & Vine but it is not a character meal. Each of the meals are served buffet style which is smart in my opinion because with a young one I think buffet meals are the way to go. When your little one is hungry, and worn out from an exciting day at the theme parks, waiting for food is usually not something they’re willing to do.
The Disney Junior meal gives little ones a chance to get up close and personal with their best Disney Junior friends. The characters that are at the meal are Handy Manny, Jake, Princess Sofia, and Doc McStuffins. Character meals are a great way, and one of my top tips, for saving time on character meet and greets. Your kids want to meet the characters, and you nee to eat, so why waste time standing in character lines when they will come right to your table while you enjoy your meal? During this particular meal the characters periodically take a break from meet and greets to have dance parties that youngsters are welcome to join. If you aren’t humming the Hot Dog dance song before you go in you certainly will be by the time you come out!
Buffet Food Items
The Disney Junior Play and Dine lunch is one of our favorite meals of the trip, and not just because of watching Nick with the characters. We also love it because the food is really good! We have never done the breakfast meal, but food for that meal consists of Mickey waffles, frittatas, pastries and fresh fruit. Lunch is our go to Disney Junior Play and Dine meal. It consists of such food as baked chicken, deli meats, hearty pastas and fresh salads. That doesn’t make it sound nearly as good as it is though. If you have lunch be sure not to miss the Lobster & Shrimp Mac n’ Cheese (yum hardly describes it!) and the amazing dessert bar. For the dessert bar be sure to check out both sides of the dessert table as they do not have the same items!
The fact that the breakfast and lunch buffets for the Disney Junior Play and Dine meals contain characters causes the price to be a bit higher than other buffet meals, but trust me when I say it’s totally worth it! Please note that there is a price range for each meal as costs vary based on the time of year that you dine there. Breakfast cots $15 to $29.99 per adult, and lunch costs $30 to $59.99 per adult. Child prices are available for both meals for kids ages 3-9. Kids under 3 dine for free. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made as early as 180 days out. You can make the reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted at this restaurant.
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