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Disney’s Hollywood and Vine: What You Need to Know

Hollywood and Vine is a lot of fun!  There are characters all day long, singing, dancing and great food, so you can’t beat that!  It is a great option to dine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially if your group loves character encounters.  Here are 8 things you definitely need to know about dining at Hollywood and Vine:





 

8 – There are different characters at breakfast and lunch than at dinner.

Breakfast and lunch are completely different experiences and themes than dinner.  At breakfast and lunch the characters are from Disney Junior.  They are characters like Doc McStuffins, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny and Sofia the First.  If your kiddos are Disney Junior fans, they are going to LOVE it!  At dinner, things change over to have characters that include Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy.  If you want the classic characters, then definitely book a dinner reservation.

Note: Beginning September 4, 2017, Disney Junior Play n’ Dine will only be available during breakfast meal periods. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine will now be a part of the lunch offerings.

7 – The meals are All You Care to Enjoy.

The prices for your meal will be a set price depending on the time of the meal and age of the guest.  The meal is All You Care to Enjoy, which is Disney’s version of a buffet.  Your sever will bring you fresh drinks and help you find anything that you need, but you will go up and make your own plate with everything you want, and you can go back as many times as you like.  These meals are great if you have children under 3 in your party since they eat for free!  You definitely won’t leave these meals hungry, so plan your other meals in the same day to be on the lighter side!

6 – Be sure to have your cameras and autograph books ready.

You will definitely want to get a ton of pictures of the characters as they make their way to your table to visit with your family.  You may even be able to get an autograph from them (in some cases they will have autograph cards that they give out so you have a keepsake from the meal), so be sure to have those autograph books and pens handy so you can collect all the signatures.  If you have Memory Maker, there will also be PhotoPass photographers there taking some pictures, too.

5 – The theme changes seasonally for dinner.

The concept for dinner is currently very unique.  Dinner is called Minnie’s Seasonal Dine.  Minnie is the host and the meal, costumes, decorations, etc. change for each season.  There is the Spring Dine, Summertime Dine, Halloween Dine and Holiday Dine.  The dates for each of the meals are listed on the website and allow you to experience the restaurant in a different way and with the meal offerings changing for each event.  It is so much fun and it’s great that it is always changing.





 

4 – Dinner offers bonus activities and treats.

Not only does dinner change seasonally and with the various holidays, but there are also extras at dinner.  You get to take pictures with one of the characters in front of the themed backdrop, you have activities at your table that you get to keep after the meal, there are autograph cards and there are even food extras.  At the Holiday Dine the server brought us a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate to toast and start our amazing holiday meal.  The extras are really fun and make the meal extremely exciting!

3 – You should definitely make a dining reservation.

The restaurant, especially at dinner, is extremely popular.  Because of the popularity, you will definitely want to make your dining reservations as soon as you can so that you get the best times.  We don’t like to eat dinner too late because then we would miss fireworks and Fantasmic, so we like to make sure we can snag an earlier time.  If you have a reservation, you can plan your other events and know you don’t have to worry or wait around in order to get in.

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2 – Consider the Fantasmic Dinner Package.

The Fantasmic Dinner Package allows you to enjoy Minnie’s Seasonal Dine and then you get access to the VIP section to Fantasmic.  It has an increased cost to the meal to add this, but it can be well worth it so that you don’t have to worry about getting a seat to Fantasmic during popular times.  You can walk right in and be seated right in the center of the theater for great seats!

1 – Plan the earliest breakfast time.

If you are an early riser, you can sang the 8:05 AM breakfast reservation.  The park doesn’t usually open until 9AM.  This allows you early access to the park so you can take pictures without all of the other guests around.  You can also enjoy your meal as one of the first guests at the restaurant and then get out to enjoy your day and start hitting the attractions.  It can be a great way to get the most out of your day.



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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!