Best Restaurant: Backlot Express
Backlot Express is a Quick Service eatery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with a Star Wars twist. Until Star Wars Land opens in a few years, Backlot Express is the place to be for food and snacks from “A Galaxy Far, Far Away...”
About The Restaurant
Located near the stage for Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. The restaurant, as the name would imply, is designed to look like the backstage area of a busy film studio. The restaurant is filled with movie props and set dressing to make guests feel like they are going to craft services for a quick meal in between takes.
It’s worth spending a bit of time just to wander the restaurant. The theming and design is really unique. The walls are quite literally packed with props, signs, photos, set pieces, and more. It really brings the studio part of Hollywood Studios into focus. Also, the theming of the restaurant can turn into an activity... Say you are taking a break from the heat and enjoying the AC, or a sudden downpour hits and you are taking cover at Backlot Express; the restaurant is a ready made game of “Eye-spy” to help you entertain the little ones.
Know Before You Go
Backlot Express is a great option for a Quick Service meal at Hollywood Studios. It’s proximity to The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,
and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue makes this the perfect spot to grab a meal while waiting for you Fasppass window to some of the park’s most popular attractions.
The restaurant is not open for breakfast but is open for lunch, dinner, and usually late into the evening as well. Make sure to check your park map for operating hours next time you visit Hollywood Studios.
The restaurant is Counter Service, but has ample seating both indoors and outside. It is fully wheelchair accessible and you can use your DDP Quick Service credits.
The menu is pretty standard for theme park fare. It’s mostly burgers and fries and a few lighter options but in recent years the menu has been given a bit of a facelift, adding a Star Wars-themed twist to familiar favorites. The cheeseburger, for example, has been upgraded to a “Royal Guard Burger” and comes topped with Barbecued Brisket, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and a Pickle on a Dark Bun (for all you dark side of The Force fans). The chicken salad is now a “Galactic Chicken Salad”, and while it doesn’t have a Star Wars-theme, the caprese sandwich is a nice, fresh addition to the menu.
My personal favorite however, is the “Dark Side Chicken and Waffles”. It’s a great combination of two things that Disney does really well. You’ve got your waffles, which we know Disney does a great job on, but instead of being mickey shaped, they’ve got Darth Vader on them, and then your pair them with delicious crispy fried chicken nuggets. Add a bit of maple syrup, and you’ve got a winning combo available all day long!
Don’t forget dessert when you dine at Backlot Express, they’ve got specialty Star Wars cupcakes, including BB-8 (Lemon cupcake with vanilla buttercream) and Darth Vader (chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream). Both flavors are delicious and quite large, I found splitting a cupcake was more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
The menu also offers assorted frozen slushy drinks and a special “Padawan Limeaide” (odwalla® Pomegranate Limeade), as well as a few alcoholic options. For an extra charge, you can get your drink in a souvenir Star Wars Stein, including Bobba Fett and Chewbacca.
Unique Star Wars-themed offerings Collectible Star Wars cups Kid friendly dining Interesting design Loads of seating
While it may not have the biggest menu or the most iconic Disney snack foods, Backlot Express is a great option for Quick Service dining at Hollywood Studios, and a small taste of the Star Wars-themed foods that I’m sure we’ll see more of in the future.