It’s no secret that I love traveling to Walt Disney World with and without my family. Dining solo can sometimes be intimidating and I’ll admit that I hate being a “party of one” at a Table Service location, but I don’t want to always eat at Quick Service. Also, I don’t like having to make Advanced Dining Reservations on solo trips. I enjoy the freedom of choosing what I want to do on a whim, without planning and plotting. The freedom creates a whole other level of magic. Mama gets to make all of the choices without having to worry about pit stops at the potty and naptimes. It’s as close to heaven on Earth as I can get.
One of my absolute favorite places to eat at Walt Disney World is 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Anyone who knows me knows I love kitsch and nostalgia. I also dig a good pot roast and comfort food. My favorite way to eat at 50’s Prime Time isn’t inside the actual dining area, it’s at the Tune In Lounge:
The Lounge is attached to 50’s Prime Time and is mainly used as a bar/waiting room for those guests dining in the main dining rooms. It can get crowded, especially at peak dining times, so I suggest trying to eat a little earlier or later than normal to avoid the rush.
The full 50’s Prime Time menu is available at the Tune-in Lounge, as is a full bar (hooray margaritas!). But the best part of the Tune In Lounge? The bartenders! I have such a great time chatting with the Cast Members behind the bar. It’s definitely more pleasurable than the awkward small talk you make with a server when you’re at a table alone.
The TV’s at the bar play the same, awesome nostalgic clips seen around the 50’s Prime Time dining rooms. You still get the same great 50’s experience without a reservation or having to wait for a table.
Oh, and one last tip: skip dessert here. Why, you ask? Head over to The Writer’s Stop, grab a carrot cake cookie (aka the best dessert ever) and stroll the Streets of America. Bonus points if you can do this during sunset. It’s beautiful and a great way to wind down before Fantasmic!.
There are several other locations around Walt Disney World which offer fantastic bar/lounge seating and full access to dining menus, all without Advanced Dining Reservations. Stay tuned for more photos from those locations very soon!
Where’s your favorite place to eat solo at Walt Disney World?