I love food. Finding good food is often a huge part of my travel plans and the places we eat can certainly make or break a day’s on vacation. Although my day at Disney World without kids last month was wonderful on its own, the dinner I shared with Caryn from Rockin Mama, Liz from A Nut In A Nutshell, Carrie from Carrie With Children, and Sara from Momma Findings at the 50′s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the highlight of our trip.
We’re still talking about it.
The night before we headed to Disney World for our day of free play (without kids!!), I was eating pizza with Carrie, who happens to live in Florida and frequent Disney World. I was asking her opinion on where to go and what to do to maximize my stay. In the end, I decided it was in my best interest to just stick with Carrie (along with a few other of our friends) and let her lead the way.
That was a very smart choice.
The first piece of advice that Carrie gave me was to bring my camera. I am so grateful that I did. I was able to stop whenever I wanted to capture pictures of all of the gorgeous flowers at Epcot (which would have been quite difficult with kids in tow).
The second thing that Carrie was critical in helping us with was restaurant selection. There are so many choices in all of the different Disney World parks, and I was lost when it came to choosing the best place for dinner. Carrie suggested the 50′s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios, and we decided to give it a try.
The ambience when we walked in to the restaurant was striking. As we sat waiting for a table, I really did feel like I was sitting in a 1950′s family room. I was surprised that that ambience carried through to the dining tables. It had much more of a down home family feeling versus a restaurant feeling.
Janice waited our table, and made quite an impression from the start. As a group of bloggers, we were naturally all on our cell phones when she walked up. Every time she caught any of us with a phone out or an elbow on the table, she yelled at us. While being yelled at while you eat may not seem like a desirable thing, we had a blast and really played it up with Janice.
The Cafe’s webpage describes the experience as “Mom expects you to mind your manners, so don’t be surprised if she tells you to keep your elbows off the table. It’s all part of the old-fashioned fun and gentle ribbing that’s served up along with the food.”
Janice served up more than a little “gentle ribbing.” I hadn’t laughed that hard in a long time.
After our meal, Janice graciously agreed to take a picture with us and even agreed to let us all post it (and her story) all over the internet. In fact, the group shot with Janice is the cover image for my blog’s Facebook page.
I can’t wait to take my family back to meet Janice (and you’d better believe I’ll be requesting to sit at one of her tables!) when we go back to Disney in November. I am eager to see CandyMan’s face when Janice bites is head off for chewing too loudly at the table.
Disclosure: Disney, the Kissimmee CVB and Global Resort Homes sent me on an expense-paid trip to Florida for the red carpet premiere of Chimpanzee. I paid for my meal at 50′s Prime Time Cafe. Thoughts and opinions, as always here are 100% my own.
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