“Terrifying Plants” stalk the planet and “Invaders” touch down from another dimension at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring favorite science fiction and monster flicks teamed with the finest drive-in food known to earthlings and aliens alike.
On a replica of a studios soundstage, the 250-seat restaurant re-creates a 1950s drive-in theater smack in the middle of Hollywood Hills without the smog. Diners are seated in re-creations of flashy, chrome-gilded cars of old, and fiber-optic stars twinkle overhead in the night sky as all ears tune in to real drive-in speakers mounted next to each car.
All cars are facing the big screen, but guests can’t resist checking out the wheels next door. The '50s era automobiles, complete with fins and whitewalls, are painted in a rainbow of colors ranging from fire-engine red and emerald green to ice blue and metallic lavender.
Carhops decked out in campy versions of a '50s drive-in costume take guests’ orders from a menu that’s out of this world. The food arrives from the drive-in’s “Snack Bar.” “Main Features” range from smoked baby back ribs to shrimp penne pasta. No earthling could resist the lineup of desserts for all tastes, like the warm apple and pecan crisp or hot fudge sundae.
The screen comes to life with trailers from “Cat Women of the Moon,” “Invasion of the Saucermen” and more. The Sci-Fi Dine-In’s film is a 45-minute compilation of the best (and worst!) of the science fiction trailers and cartoons, including segments from “It Conquered the World,” “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster,” “The Amazing Colossal Man” and “Missile to the Moon.”