Monday, June 9, 2014

Getting Meta - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

Getting Meta - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

While not best food by a long shot, probably the best themed restaurants in Disney are at Hollywood Studios.  Some are themed to the concept of classic Hollywood, like the Hollywood Brown Derby, while others stay in the studio concept, like the ABC Commissary.
"Mommy, I want to pretend I'm a soap opera extra while I eat chicken nuggets"
                                         - No Child Ever
A favorite is the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, themed to a 1950s drive-in movie theater.  Or rather, a soundstage of a 1950s drive-in movie theater.  Described by The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios as a "faux outdoor setting clearly mounted on a soundstage".  Clearly.  Clearly, people.
So you're not pretending to eat at a drive-in movie, you're pretending to eat at a movie set of a drive-in movie, as if that was ever a thing.  It would be less confusing, and fit the park concept better, to just have it be a pretend drive-in movie, as the drive-in is just a much a part of classic Hollywood as the Brown Derby.  People also eat at drive-ins, as opposed to soundstages.  The bare wooden frames and a few props in that awkward walkway just leaves guests thinking they just didn't bother to theme this part.

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