Hollywood and Dine at Disney's Hollywood Studios has long been known for it's themed seasonal offerings including Christmas and Halloween. This year, Minnie's Halloween Dine has returned with a modified dining experience to help accommodate for safety. Characters do meet and greets the same way they do them at Topolino's Terrace, walking around the main walkways of the restaurant from a distance. Let's take a look!
Minnie's Halloween Dine currently features Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy decked out in their Halloween attire. As you enter, you're greeted with the same photo-op backdrop as last year, with the exception that Minnie isn't there to meet and greet this year.
Some of the pillars throughout the restaurant are decked out with themed banners, and the characters can be seen roaming around immediately upon entering.
Once seated, the characters can be seen roaming around and greeting diners.
Our only real character complaint was that almost all of the characters zoomed by our table extremely quickly. We had read other reviews that said the characters took their time to have long solid interactions with each table, but we ended up with the exact opposite. Even when we asked for pictures, the characters quickly struck a pose and moved on to the next table. We completely understand that the characters can't come close and actually do regular meet and greets, but the speed they move in the modified version was really quick.
The biggest change to the restaurant is the service style, which has changed from a buffet to a one-price, pick-one-entree style. The price is $55 per person, and you get bread service, unlimited salad, one entree of your choice, and one dessert of your choice. You can check out the menu below:
The bread was a traditional dinner roll with sea salt butter. While it was extremely basic and we would have preferred a little more of an imaginative butter pairing, the bread was still fresh and a great way to kick off the meal.
Farmhouse Chopped Salad Bowl
With mixed greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Cornbread Croutons, and Homemade Smokehouse Ranch Dressing, the salad was a great appetizer. Was it worth the price for being the only bottomless item included in the dinner? Absolutely not. But, it was tasty for what it was and the cornbread croutons were AMAZING! I recommend asking for some extra dressing on the side as our bowl was a little light on the ranch.
Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Prime Rib of Beef
The Prime Rib of Beef seemed to be the signature dish for the dinner, so we had to opt for this one. We're really glad we did because it was cooked to perfection and the portion was insanely huge. The Sour Cream-Chive Whipped Mashed Potatoes were to die for, and the Fried Brussels Sprouts were quite literally the best Brussels sprouts I've ever had. The beef was also incredibly juicy, cooked well, and easy to cut through. Because you only get one entree, I HIGHLY recommend this one.
Carved Roasted Turkey Breast
The Turkey Brest served with Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans, Turkey Gravy, and Cranberry Orange Relish was also exceptional. The portion size was probably even more than the beef, but with two very different dishes, it was hard to pick a favorite. The turkey was once again juicy and the gravy helped tremendously, the mashed potatoes were different but in the best way possible, and the stuffing, cranberry, and green beans were all great compliments to the dish.
Chocolate S'mores Pie
For dessert, we went with one Chocolate S'mores Pie and one Apple Blueberry Pie. The texture of these desserts was very much not pie, and it seemed to be a more cheap take on a traditional pie. Nevertheless, it was still tasty, and because we were so stuffed from our prior dishes, we were ok with the altered pie. The chocolate was by far the best choice, as it was rich, the textures all blended well, and the mousse and toasted marshmallow fluff were nice compliments also.
Apple Blueberry Pie
The Apple Blueberry Pie was also great if you're looking for something a little more fruity. The crust was the same texture and the marshmallow fluff was also included in this one. It was a great option for the fruity dessert lovers out there.
Overall, when comparing the price with the food and experience, it was just ok. If you're passionate about the characters in their Halloween costumes, it's ultimately worth it. But, if you're not a character person, the price just isn't justifiable for what's offered.
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