Day two at Disney. We went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This was our first full day at one of the parks. Another perfect March day in Florida too!
Since we wanted to get an early start, we broke into our suit case full of snacks for breakfast. I was really glad we packed all that extra food. I mentioned before, I stuck a 5 lb bag of apples in the luggage. Out of all the snacks, that was the most practical. So apples and coffee for breakfast.
One we were in the park, coffee was calling to my husband. We stopped at the first cafe we found to pick up a coffee. They had a lovely case of cookies. They were so pretty to look at, but no gluten free in site. (But I bet if I asked for something they would have directed me in a flash)
A little about the park: This park was not around when I was a kid. So it was all new to me! They had a few attractions that I really enjoyed. The first was the Muppets 3d movie. I love love love the Muppets. So seeing this show really brought the kid out in me. Waldorf and Statler were in the balcony being snarky and everything.
The other franchise that Disney picked up recently was Star Wars. My husband was really into that.
I did not win mom of the year when I asked my 7 year old son to go on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Basically a runaway elevator ride. Scared the snot out of both of us. My son gave that ride a big thumbs down.
Thankfully, we had lunch AFTER the Twilight Zone ride. Very thankful!
This takes us to our first quick service lunch. With the Disney dining plan you are able to get a dish, side, drink and dessert. We stopped at the first place we found outside of the Twilight Zone ride. There were several clustered in that area. All were packed! We went with the most basic place that served burgers and fries. After waiting in line for 25 minutes (not kidding) my husband ordered for us. We all got burgers and fries.(Surprise!) I told my husband to just order mine with lettuce in place of a bun. But then good news hit us. They had gluten free buns…and they had cookies! Woot!! Did that make it worth the wait?
There are two types of reviews I could make. 1. I could be happy that they have full meals available to me. 2. I could review the overall taste and quality of the gf meal. This is always tricky. I am always happy when I can find food. That causes me to overlook any flaws in the food. Since it’s vacation and I am not really there to eat, I tend to side with review style #1. That being said, my overall impression of this quick service meal was pretty mediocre. Remember school lunches back in the day. These are on par with that. Think of it as something to fill you up, but not something that you are going to go out of your way to eat again.
The gf bun was just ok. I was not familiar with the taste/brand of this one. It was a little on the small side, but it did the trick. If I had to do it over again. I would just skip the bun and order it with extra garnish. I imagine if you were traveling with gf kid, they would be happy with it.
The cookie was nicely packed, so I saved that in my bag to eat later on. When I did get to it, I was very happy with it. It was a jumbo cookie that technically served 2. (Or one me) It was made by a company called OMG…it’s gluten free. I had not had this brand before this trip. I have a feeling this brand was the exclusive dessert vendor of the park. I did find a brownie the next day. This is their website. I looked up their locations and it mentioned they are at Cooper’s Hawk at Easton. http://omgitsglutenfree.com
In the evening we had reservations at the Sci-Fi Diner. I thought the inside of this place was super cool. The tables were old cars facing a giant drive in movie screen. They played old sic-fi clips and commercials, but no feature length films. My husband said it would be better if they played an entire movie, but our son just stared up at the screen with his mouth open. He was tired from our day at the park that I feel this was just what the doctor ordered. Zone out!
I could not really capture any food shots. The restaurant was just too dark. Again, the manager came out and review the gluten free options. I ordered a steak without the crispy onion straws. Side of veggies and mashed potatoes. All were fine. But the comment I made earlier about the quick service meal also applied here. Happy to have food, but overall, nothing I would ask for again. My son had the salmon kid’s meal (that looked good) and my husband had a salmon sandwich. (He said it was just ok)
So overall, here is my take on Hollywood Studios. We loved the park. It was not too big, so I felt we were able to see it all. They had plenty of gf options. You will not starve. Out of all our days at the parks, this offered my least favorite food options. (My gluten eating family would agree with me)
If you go, seek out the chocolate chip cookie and go see the Muppet 3D movie!
Here was my personal highlight. I took selfies with the Wreck it Ralph crew.