Five Reasons to Eat at World Premiere Food Court
Whether you spend a great deal of time at Disney’s various All-Star resorts or have never visited before, one restaurant there is worthy of your time. I’m not disparaging any of the others, merely highlighting the greatness of this place. Here are five reasons to eat at World Premiere Food Court, one of the best-kept secrets at Walt Disney World.
Some vacationers adore the Value Tier Disney resorts positioned on the southern part of the Walt Disney World campus. Others rarely venture to this area, which is unfortunate. The official Disney hotels here are visually appealing, and the cast members at these facilities are wonderful.
Each of the All-Star resorts features a particular, fairly broad theme like sports or music. The property that we’ll discuss today is Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, the home for World Premiere Food Court.
You’ll find All-Star Movies southeast of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s actually the closest property to ESPN Wide World of Sports, which seems like an honor that should go to Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort instead. All-Star Movies is also close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Blizzard Beach, making it extremely convenient for many vacationers.
The restaurant is frankly hard to miss. You’ll head to the main lobby and just keep walking. World Premiere Food Court is a cavernous facility that will have guests milling about at the front entrance.
This one’s not complicated. The theme here is movies. Pictures from your favorite Disney stories are seemingly everywhere. Animated posters adorn the otherwise barren walls, and you can even watch a Disney movie while you dine in one part of the restaurant. However, the heart of the building offers an entirely different vibe.
The conceit of World Premiere Food Court is that you’re at a ritzy movie theater from the golden days of Hollywood. You’re leading the glamorous life when you dine here. The entire interior mimics a giant concession stand, with thematic touches everywhere. Literally hundreds of golden lights shine down from the ceiling, providing a glossy sheen to the ordering lines.
The theming spills over into the various sections at the restaurant. You can order food at the Roxy, the Rialto, the Majestic, the Lyric, or the Grand. Each section serves a different style of food, and you can recognize what’s what by looking at the color-coding of the signs.
The Clever Design
Let’s briefly talk about the sections. The All-Star resorts embrace this one-size-fits-all kind of service, and it works well for customers. You don’t need to stand in one extended line to order a specific food.
Instead, you’ll visit the food station that fits your mood, thereby avoiding most of the other customers. It’s an efficient system that saves time while you order. Of course, I should add that World Premiere Food Court joined the Mobile Ordering program in August of 2019. So, you no longer have to stand in line unless that’s your preference.
What I admire about World Premiere Food Court is its utility. Those of us who travel in large groups understand the difficulty in selecting a restaurant that satisfies everyone.
Due to the depth of the menu here, everyone can just head to a food station and find something that they like. It saves a needless fight about where to eat. And the late-night dining menu is wonderful for those of us not beholden to an alarm clock.
The sections at this restaurant define the food options. The Majestic is kind of the Italian place. It serves pasta, meatball subs, salads, and pizza. Roxy is where you’ll find more traditional grab-and-go cuisine such as burgers, chicken nuggets, and the like.
More adventurous diners should walk over to Lyric, which features daily chef’s specials. Some of these are relatively robust by counter service menu options. I’m not speaking ill of burgers when I say that Wild Salmon in Tarragon Mustard Sauce is a considerable step up in flavor.
Meanwhile, Grand has a bakery with many delicious bagels and baked desserts plus a fruit stand. And Rialto serves up other tasty treats like cakes, cookies, and ice cream sundaes.
Across the five service stations, you’ll discover countless dining options, depending on the time of day. In my experience, the dinner menu is significantly more extensive than the lunch one. And I should point out that this restaurant is one of the few at Disney resorts that serve a late-night menu, too.
The Secret Menu
Let’s be honest. Historically, the reputation at World Premiere Food Court wasn’t that great. However, the hotel management team took guest comments seriously and actively attacked the issue.
In 2017, the restaurant added one of the most exciting and unusual secrets at Walt Disney World. You may now order off the menu at World Premiere Food Court. And when I say off the menu, I’m speaking of an elaborate process wherein the manager on duty hands you an aluminum briefcase!
The contents of said briefcase are a set of Viewmasters for your party, a pager, and a pen and paper to order your food. Yes, it’s an entire secret menu themed with a cloak-and-dagger mystery vibe.
The thrill of receiving this briefcase is inimitable. Kids, in particular, will adore it, and parents will love the high-quality menu items available. Don’t believe me? Have you ever eaten a Cinnamon Bun & Candied Bacon Cheeseburger? Yes, the burger buns are cinnamon buns! It’s indescribably decadent!
I don’t want to spoil all the surprises on the secret menu. I’ll simply say that the existence of it is reason enough to visit World Premiere Food Court during your next trip. You’ll feel like 007 when you order!