Honest Review: Is Minnie’s Summertime Dine Worth the Money?

in Food, Walt Disney World

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Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers Guests a unique character dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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For breakfast, Guests can dine with some of their favorite Disney Junior characters as the restaurant is currently hosting modified dining where characters come around the tables and take selfies from a safe social distance as well as interact with each party, still making for an intimate experience.

For lunch and dinner, Hollywood & Vine is currently hosting Minnie’s Summertime Dine, where Guests will be visited with Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy as they indulge in a delicious home-cooked meal.

But is this modified experience worth the money?

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I recently had the opportunity to dine at Hollywood & Vine for Minnie’s Summertime Dine and let me tell you, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had at Walt Disney World.

For starters, our server was absolutely incredible. She was fun, quirky, and went above and beyond. She made sure we were all comfortable and that we knew exactly what our options were.

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The first thing on the family-style menu was the chopped salad, which came with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, cornbread croutons, and a homemade smokehouse ranch dressing. However, I am a pescetarian, and so I asked if I could have the plant-based option for the salad since the dressing had bacon. The plant-based salad option is almost the same offering as the regular chopped salad, except it comes with plant-based ranch dressing and focaccia croutons instead of cornbread croutons.

When I asked for the plant-based option, our server said they also offered a balsamic dressing instead of the ranch (which is not on the menu), so I opted for that instead, and it did not disappointHonestly, one of the best salads I have ever had.

The salad was also served with dinner rolls and butter, which was a great starter.

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For dinner, our server let us know that any of the dishes on the menu could be modified to our liking. After I found this out, I opted for the seared fresh salmon with grain mustard-beurre blanc and garlic-lemon broccolini, however, instead of the crushed fingerling potatoes with olive oil that was listed on the menu, I asked for the sour cream and chive whipped potatoes.

The salmon was cooked exactly to my liking (I asked for it to be well-done) and the potatoes were probably the best thing I have ever tasted in my entire life. They were flavorful, creamy, rich, and absolutely divine. The broccolini brought the entire dish together as it was fresh and citrusy.

We were also offered dessert with the price of the meal, however, we were so full from the salad, bread, and our dinners. But our service informed us we could take our dessert to go, so we had it the next day and it was just as delicious as everything else we ate!

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Throughout dinner, we were greeted by some of our favorite Disney characters in their adorable summer outfits. Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto all stopped by the table at a safe social distance and not only posed for photos, but also took several selfies with my party.

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We had a late dinner, almost the last seating, so the restaurant was pretty empty. This allowed for the characters to spend more time with us and even swing by our section multiple times!

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Pluto was one of our favorite interactions as he sat at the booth behind us, smelling the leftovers from the party that had just left. Clearly, it was way past his dinner time, and he was looking for anything he could get his hands on.

All in all, dining at Minnie’s Summertime Dine is easily worth the $55 per person (for adults. Children aged 3-9 are $36). I wasn’t disappointed in the service, the food, or the character interactions, and I would go back again in a heartbeat.

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Have you dined at Hollywood & Vine since its reopening? What did you think of the meal? Let us know in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: The opinions reflected in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Inside the Magic overall.

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