by Kristin Casagrand
I will start my “Taste of Disney” series off with one of my favorite dining experiences– Disney’s 50’s Primetime Cafe. When you walk in the door, you are transported back to the 1950’s with vintage decor, wallpaper, furniture, and even black-and-white TV. After checking in with one of your “family members” at the counter, you take a seat in the family living room to wait for dinner. You can even sneak a drink from “dad’s liquor cabinet” to start things off for the night.
“Casagrand kids! Casagrand kids, time for dinner!” These are the words my family heard “mom” screaming when our table was ready. We followed her to our table, sat down, and our napkins and utensils were thrown down as we were instructed to set the table for dinner. Mom told us to keep our elbows off the table and to keep our “walkie talkies” off….or else. Our server was good ole, “cousin Eric.” You guys remember Cousin Eric right?! Distance cousin on Mom’s side of the family!
Cousin Eric took our orders and told me he would make me a PB&J milkshake because I would love it. He wasn’t kidding. The PB&J milkshake is now officially my favorite milkshake. Which is a shame because I haven’t found one (or a good one at least) anywhere else besides Prime Time! Dad (my real dad!) ordered “dad’s traditional meatloaf” and the rest of us went with “aunt Liz’s golden fried chicken.” We also all got chicken noodle soup as an appetizer. Dinner came and Cousin Eric caught me red-handed texting on my walkie talkie at the table. Needless to say, he wasn’t pleased. He scolded me and told me he would make me go stand in the corner if he caught me again! I knew he meant business so I put that phone away…and fast!
The meatloaf got the thumbs up from dad and us girls loved our fried chicken! Also, the chicken noodle soup is awesome (I am a soup person, so it takes a lot for me to approve of a soup)! Unfortunately, I am not a veggies person. Not one bit. Cousin Eric didn’t like this either. He was mad that I left my veggies on my plate and made airplane noises as he tried to feed me a forkful of greens. No thanks, Cuz!
I forgot to mention one of the best parts of dinner. We got seated at a TV table and got to watch old shows while we waited for our food. We saw shows like the Dick van Dyke show, Dennis the Menace, The Mickey Mouse Club, I Married Joan, and even some fabulous PSAs for 1950s dating tips!
The interactive experience is irreplaceable at Prime Time. If you want to have a good time, share some laughs with “family,” and get a taste of the 50s for the night, this place is perfect. If you’re looking for a more quiet, intimate setting, this is not your scene. The menu has other appetizers such as onion rings and crab cakes and entrees such as chicken pot pie, pot roast, and sandwiches. I’ve also heard great things about the s’mores, brownie sundae, and cobbler for dessert. Everyone should try this restaurant at least one time while visiting Hollywood Studios because it is something you need to cross off the list!
For today’s recipe, I’m pulling Dad’s Traditional Meatloaf recipe from my Cooking With Mickey and The Disney Chefs cookbook! Be sure to scroll down after the meatloaf recipe for a bonus PB&J milkshake recipe! Yum, enjoy everyone!
Dad’s Traditional Meatloaf
2 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
½ cup diced onions
1/4 cup diced green peppers
1/4 cup diced red peppers
2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
Cracked black pepper to taste
Kosher salt to taste
½ cup Meatloaf Glaze (recipe below)
Dice peppers and onions and set aside for later use. Combine meats and seasonings. Add vegetables. Place meat mixture in oiled loaf pan. Bake at 350º F oven for 1 hour (internal temp 155º).
Brush meatloaf with meatloaf glaze. Bake another 10 minutes. Let meatloaf set 10 minutes, cut loaf and serve.
Meatloaf Glaze Ingredients:
½ cup ketchup
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tsp Dijon mustard
½ Tsp worcestershire sauce
Combine all ingredients until mixture becomes smooth.
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons grape jelly
2 cups vanilla ice cream
¼ cup milk
Blend ingredients until smooth and thick
Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste
Have any of you been to Prime Time? What is your favorite dish served there?
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.