Happy #tastytuesday friends! I polled my Instagram followers to ask which restaurant I should review this week, and Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine won by a landslide! This modified character and dining experience just recently returned to Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, and I knew I needed to try it for two reasons: a menu update and seeing my girl Minnie in a Halloween costume. This restaurant is considered 1 table service credit when the Disney Dining Plan is active.
I made my reservation at 12:45pm. I got to the park a little before then, met up with a friend, and checked out Mickey & Minnie in Vacation Fun and Star Tours before completing mobile check in 20 minutes before our reservation. I did found out that even though I had originally made my reservation for 1 that I could add a second person when I completed the mobile check in. Based on my observations, the tables are estimated for a party of 4, so I may have been able to add up to 3 more people to my reservation.
If you didn’t know already, Minnie’s Seasonal Dine normally has 5 different themes throughout the year: Halloween Dine, Holiday Dine, Silverscreen Dine, Springtime Dine, and Summer Dine. We were visiting during the Halloween Dine, so Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy were decked out in their Halloween costumes. Plus, these was this cute backdrop to take pictures behind! I was told that pre-COVID a character was also there to take pictures with, but unfortunately that is not the case right now.
Hollywood & Vine has also recently transitioned from a buffet experience to a prix fixed experience. As always, I noted my allergies in the My Disney Experience app (dairy, eggs) and was given the allergy friendly menu. I decided to start with the Plant-Based Chopped Salad for my appetizer, the Garlic and Cracked Pepper Prime Rib of Beef (*sub fingerling potatoes instead of mashed), and the Cherry-Lemon Pie for dessert.
The plant based salad arrived to the table soon after I ordered. One of the reasons I was excited about this salad is because this is the third place where I have seen vegan ranch dressing as an option on the menu. The other two places where I have seen this are The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom and PizzeRizzo in Hollywood Studios. I have also heard it may be on the menu at 50’s Prime Time Cafe! I was a little disappointed with the lack of dressing on the salad, so overall it gets a 5/10 for me, but a 10/10 for a great allergy friendly dressing option!
My entree came out about 15 minutes later, and YA’LL. THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER EATEN AT WDW. The prime rib was so tender that I was able to use my butter knife to cut through it. The brussel sprouts were cooked perfectly and had a nice crunch to them, and I LOVED eating the prime rib with a little bit of the sauce and a fingerling potato. 11/10 for me, and it was even, dare I say, better than the steak I had eaten the night before at Be Our Guest!
And finally, I was able to get this amazingness for dessert! In all honesty, I was expecting an actual pie piece based on the description on the menu, but this deconstructed cherry lemon pie was just as tasty. I loved the lemon drizzle and wished there was more on the pie. I like a good cherry filling, so I was here for that. And the crust was very flaky and delicious. 8/10 for me, only because I wanted so much more lemon!
And of course, we can’t forget the characters! Minnie is my girl, and I loved her witch outfit. She also was able to get into the selfie so well!
Goofy was also a cutie. Look at his adorable cowboy outfit!
Pluto had the most adorable bat collar!
And, of course, we can’t forget Mickey! Here he is, freaking out over my Mickey ear headband!
The one comment I will make about this experience is that the characters walked by SO fast. This picture of Mickey was the only good one I could get because of how quickly he walked through our section, and we unfortunately only saw him once, whereas we saw all of the other characters at least two times. The characters also did a little dance, which I found to be lackluster, as there were not any fun dance moves and the characters didn’t move around the restaurant like they do at Topolino’s Terrace.
Aside from my feelings about the characters, I highly, highly recommend this dining experience for anyone who had food allergies and restrictions and who loves the Fab 5 characters!
Here’s to living our best and most delicious Disney lives! <3
Meagan has been living with many food allergies and sensitivities since she was 19 years old. She is currently a Personal Vacation Advisor for Magical Vacation Planner, specializing in helping her guests book trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Meagan enjoys researching fitness and nutrition and has taken a special interest in finding allergy friendly options at Walt Disney World.
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