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    Default Any thoughts on the Sci Fi?

    It looks cute, but one of my travel guides says the food is sub par. But I have a kid who's crazy to try it!

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    Food is basic burgers, etc. Atmosphere is fun.
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    We like the lunch selections better than dinner, and the atmosphere is lots of fun.
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    We went for the first time in December. I had avoided it because of what I heard about the food too.

    Food was fine. The adults had burgers, fries and onion ring. Burgers were standard but I thought the onion rings and milk shakes were quite good.

    We loved the atmosphere. It had a real drive in feel. My son had a blast being the "driver". Clips were appropriately cheesy. We also had a great waitress.

    There are actual very few places in enjoying eating in DHS. Sci Fi is a place we plan to go again.
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    Food is fine - atmosphere is better. We go because it has cheesy B Sci-Fi movies in cheesy drive-in theater style seating (cars). Younger children are actually issued "driver's licenses". It is a MUST DO for my family. And I have ADRs for my trip with my 17 yr DD (HS Grad. celebration) in June.
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    We dined there for the first time last month. DDs 9 and 7 really liked the atmosphere and said they would enjoy going back again. They sat in front of the "car," which meant DH and I had the back and had a chance to enjoy some one-on-one conversation. Our server was fun--played along with the theme, but not over-the-top.

    I wouldn't call our food "subpar"-- it wasn't really great, but not bad. We were not that hungry, so DH and I had sandwiches, which were fine. DDs ordered kids meals, and we all had dessert, which was yummy.

    Based on what we ordered and our Tables in Wonderland discount, we didn't pay that much more than we would have at a counter service restaurant. But the experience was definitely way more fun than quick service would have been.
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    I ate at Sci-Fi about 18 years ago on a trip with my mom, my friend and her mom. The food and service were terrible and for years and years and years I pretty much downright refused to eat there again.

    Well, fast forward to about a year ago and my 12 yo son kept asking what that place was every time we passed it. Finally one day just he and I were in DHS and needing some lunch. Pulled up the handy WDW mobile site on my phone, and there was actually an availability and I snagged it. Well lo and behold it was fun....and yummy. And I've been back since then with my husband. I'm sad I avoided it all those years.

    Now maybe I'll give Chef Mickey's another chance. Uh....yeah, maybe not.

    So don't deny your kiddo. I think you will all enjoy it. If anything, the food may be subpar (although we enjoyed), but the atmosphere and experience is worth it.

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    If you are expecting to eat a good steak or excellent fish dish, then this is not your place. However; if you are looking for a decent burger or sandwich and a fun atmosphere, then this place can't be beat. It is one of the best themed restuarants on property. My family eats here just about every time we do Disney.

    I would recommend lunch over dinner. Prices are less expensive. If on the dining plan, I would consider paying out of pocket as it is not much more expensive than a counter service meal.
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    Lots of fun, but food is not greatest. Everyone says the burgers are good though.


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    The "subpar" stigma has been there for a very long time, but I've never understood it. I've never had a "subpar" meal there (unless you want to declare all WDW meals as "subpar")

    As has been mentioned, it's basic burgers, sandwiches, fries and shakes. It's a great place to have a late lunch on a hot summer day: air conditioned and dark. We've been known to drop by w/o ADRs and have never had to wait very long.

    The dinner menu has more than burgers, and is good, but the sandwiches on the lunch menu (which you can get at dinner but aren't on the menu) are better.

    IMHO, the Reuben and the Turkey Sandwiches are the best things on the menu. Burgers are typical counter service. Fries are good and the milk shakes are great.


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    out of my last four Disney trip i have been to the Sci-Fi 4 times (one on each trip).

    I really enjoyed that Double Burger. actually my DW and I both split it because we were having a late lunch.

    In the past the food was so-so but this past December the quality seemed better.

    we both enjoyed it!
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    We've gone a few times, the atmosphere is the only reason for going, I have never had a good meal there though.
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    We went for the 1st time on our last trip and really enjoyed our dinner. The kids loved the atmosphere (we did too) and our food was really good.

    I'm sorry we waited so long to try it!


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    Default Glaad to see the positive posts for sci-fi!

    Sci-fi gets a bad rap. The food is ok and the drive-in theme is really fun. We went there for our DS2s 4th b-day. He requested it when we went back for my 40th and again when we went for DWs 40th/DS1s 14th. It is a very special place for our family. Hope you find the same. Enjoy!

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    I would suggest eating a lunch or late lunch to possibly save a few bucks. The atmosphere is definitely well worth it. And I agree with others the food is basic "pub" food for lack of a better term but still found it yummy. But I found the atmosphere to definitely be worth the cost to eat there. The basic burgers, fries, etc is most of the menu so keep that in mind. But I am pretty sure your kid will love it and I am sure you will too. It's definitely worth the try if you haven't done it.
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    Doesn't the Sci-fi have the same menu and prices now for lunch and dinner? Either way, it is a very fun restaurant and the food has always been better than average! You should give it a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by honeebee86 View Post
    Doesn't the Sci-fi have the same menu and prices now for lunch and dinner?
    Hm, might be we haven't been there since last January.
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    We went there for the first time in September '11. I got the steak and LOVED it. We definitely plan on returning. One of my kids got the burger. I tried it and it was also yummy! Another got the chicken sandwich, which I did not try but he said it was OK. This restaurant will be one of the first I book for our trip later this year.
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    I love the Sci-Fi!!! It's not "gourmet", but the food is delicious!! The oreo milkshakes are amazing, I usually get them for dessert. My favorite is the cheeseburger and fries, but the rest of my family likes the ribs (they were made with Coca-Cola...I'm not sure if they still are?) I also love the atmosphere...it really feels like you are at an old-fashioned drive-in! We go in August usually so the AC is blasting, and it really feels like you are there on a cool summer night watching bad sci-fi movies...now I really want to go back!!
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    We went to Sci-Fi on 12/12, and this was the only meal we were disappointed with on the whole trip. We both ordered the steak and it was not good at all....VERY thin and lots of gristle & fat. Neither of us could finish them. But, we should have known better....we really considered ordering hamburgers and regret not following our instincts.

    All that being said, we really do love Sci Fi...just stick with the appetizers & sandwiches and you should be fine. I know that's what we'll do the next time we go.

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