Walt Disney World offers so many amazing attractions, shows, and character experiences – but they also offer great themed dining experiences as well! Here’s my favorite Walt Disney World dining for nerds.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
If you ever wanted to hop back in time to the 1950s like Marty McFly, then all you need to do is visit Beaches & Cream, an adorable soda counter at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The details inside, from the jukebox inside to the plain red squeeze bottle ketchup, are all a lot of fun, and the menu is full of diner-style classics. The real star here, though, is the ice cream – there are some amazing concoctions to find here (we like the No Way Jose), and there’s even a walk-up counter if you’re just looking for ice cream. Beware, the portions are huge!
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
So you remember the pilot at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? The story goes that after many world travels, he settled down in Florida and opened a bar, using recipes from his travels and showcasing his collection in an airplane hangar. Today you can visit Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, an incredibly detailed and fun place to grab a drink and some appetizers. There are details everywhere from the Indiana Jones films and beyond, and the menu is fun and delicious. I’m a fan of Reggie’s Revenge and the Air Pirate Pretzels myself.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
This popular location is great for Disney Parks fans, as it has lots of quirky references to Disney film and parks history, with a focus on The Enchanted Tiki Room and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This bar and lounge is special for a couple of reasons – first, it has some great drinks and appetizers (my favorite is the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum – and yes, you need to say the right number of “tikis”). Second, different areas come alive as guests order different drinks, making the experience lively and entertaining every time.
This one is also a bar and a lounge, and focuses on drinks in lieu of food, but it’s a fun place for those that enjoy details infused in every corner. Located at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, the story is that this bar was once a popular watering hole for famed magicians and illusionists – until it mysteriously vanished, that is. Today you’ll find signs of the former mystical patrons of the bar, as well as fun cocktails such as the Pepper’s Ghost.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
What nerd wouldn’t want to walk right into the world of their favorite story? Be Our Guest Restaurant lets you do just that by bringing to life the world of the film Beauty and the Beast. For quick-service breakfast and lunch, and table-service dinner, you can dine in the beautiful ballroom or spooky West Wing from the Beast’s castle. This restaurant is extremely popular, so reservations are required and must be made as soon as possible.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
This is possibly my favorite Walt Disney World dining for nerds in the theme parks. Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater recreates an outdoor drive-in theater, complete with seating in cars, facing a movie screen that shows clips from classic Disney cartoons, 1950s and 1960s B-movies, and other nostalgic little clips. The theming is more the star than the menu, but the food is still solid with a good selection – we like the burgers and milkshakes.
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