Best Res­tau­rant: Back­lot Ex­press


WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY DANNY SHUS­TER

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 Food

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.

Et Cetera

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.

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