World Premiere Food Court Review
World Premiere Food Court is a counter service restaurant at All Star Movies, which is now one of our recommended Value Resorts at Walt Disney World thanks to their new rooms. In this post, we’ll review this WDW dining option with food photos, thoughts on the cuisine, atmosphere, and whether it’s worth your time.
Despite having eaten several meals at all of the All Star Resorts food courts, this is our first time reviewing any of them. Part of that is because they just don’t seem like something that’s begging to be covered. Historically, their offerings have been fairly uninspired, and we’ve surmised that most people dining at these restaurants are doing so not out of choice or desire, but out of necessity and convenience.
Our “change of heart” in deciding to do this review of World Premiere Food Court is driven by a couple of things. First, acknowledging that at least some guests dining here out of necessity might want to make lemonade out of lemons with recommendations. Second, because we spent a ridiculous amount of money eating at this food court and want that to sting a little less, knowing something useful and productive came out of it…
In terms of ambiance, World Premiere Food Court is bright, usually loud, and often crowded. During prime breakfast and dinner hours, the entire (quite large) seating area will be packed with people, most of whom seem to be engaged in conversations with guests on the other side of the room.
There’s really no sugar-coating just how unpleasant and discordant any of the All Star Resort food courts can be, mostly during peak breakfast hours. It’s as if Imagineering knew they couldn’t possibly make these venues quiet, so they said “screw it” and decided to forego sound dampening entirely.
To its credit, World Premiere Food Court has some neat ‘cinematic’ theme, with the ordering bays evoking movie marquees and having some old Hollywood stylization. For better or worse, this food court hasn’t been updated much over the years.
The “worse” part of that is that its showing its age a bit. The “better” part is that it retains some thematic richness, and hasn’t been toned down like other Value Resort food courts that have been re-imagined. Personally, I’ll take it.
As far as the menu and ordering system at World Premiere Food Court, it’s petty standard for a Value Resort food court. As mentioned above, there are multiple ordering bays for different types of food, all of which mirror those around other food courts. There’s no issue with your party splitting up to order, as you can regroup and pay after you’ve all received your food.
The only downside to this approach is that some stations have longer lines (or take longer) than others, so there might be some waiting and food getting cold if you have to wait and regroup before paying. This has happened to us on more than a couple of occasions at Walt Disney World food courts like this.
Before we get to the particular food, let’s talk “Walt Disney World food court” strategy, as that’s every bit as important as the specifics of what we had. (Note that this does not apply to Landscape of Flavors, where no tactical approach is necessary for a good meal.)
Prior to ordering anything, you should hover around each station, taking a look at the status and “age” of the various dishes. This is key because sometimes dishes look as if they’ve been sitting under heat lamps since Animal Kingdom opened. Unlike a fine wine, a hot dog does not get better with age (to my knowledge).
As a general rule, items that are made to order are going to taste better, but often they will take much, much longer to receive. This is especially true if you’re dining at a time that’s busy. These food courts aren’t the paragon of efficiency, and it can be frustrating.
Our recommended ‘happy medium’ approach is to go for the heat lamp choices that are drawing a modest crowd, and look like they’ve been cycled through relatively recently. Typically, desserts are also safe choices–they’re ordered and replenished pretty regularly.
At World Premiere Food Court, my favorite entree station that falls into this category is the Daily Chef’s Specials with ‘themed’ nights at the Lyric Shop. It always seems to draw a modest crowd and the food was prepared post Y2K.
For this meal, I ordered the Combo Meal consisting of fried chicken, fried catfish, and two sides. I opted for mashed potatoes and mac & cheese as my sides.
I still cannot get over the portion size of this–it would’ve easily fed two people and was only $13. Me being me, I wasn’t in the market to share, so I instead opted to eat it all myself.
Quality wise, it was fine to good. Pretty much everything was a tad on the salty and greasy side, but that’s par for the course. With this set, the catfish was surprisingly good; lightly battered and flavorful. The fried chicken was a bit dry, but still decent. I’m a sucker for Walt Disney World mashed potatoes, so those did not disappointment. Nothing revolutionary, but hearty comfort food that hit the spot after a long day in the parks.
Next up is the Spinach Artichoke Pasta with a dinner roll and side salad.
While the portion here wasn’t nearly as significant as my glorious feast above, it was a few dollars cheaper–and still plenty filling for most people. In terms of taste, the pasta was freshly-prepared, creamy, and had a generous amount of artichoke and spinach.
For her entree, Sarah had the Vegetarian Burger: “Plant-based Patty, Sun-dried Tomato Hummus, Charred.”
She’s been on a vegan kick lately at Walt Disney World, as she tries to force my hand into writing a vegan dining guide. Unfortunately, I have several more high-priority ‘best bathrooms at Walt Disney World’ posts in the pipeline (broken down park by park and resort by resort), so the earliest I can get to that vegan thing is around 2021.
Not only was this burger a colossal hassle that took forever to be prepared, but it was dry and lacking in flavor as compared to other recent vegan burger menu additions around Walt Disney World. On the plus side, the vegetables were fresh and the burger was still “good” by vegan burger standards of like 5 years ago.
Finally, the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Milkshake. This milkshake is the reason we dined at All Star Movies in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, we were hungry too. However, we might’ve made the hike over to McDonald’s or done something else were it not for this shake.
I had seen this milkshake on Instagram, and was pretty excited since it looked awesome. Excitement about something “As Seen on Instagram” was probably my first mistake. What Instagram accounts don’t tell you about photogenic foods is literally anything useful.
To my horror, this shake was $13. Don’t worry, at least it came with a “collectible” mason jar branded with the All Star Movies logo. A plastic mason jar. (Without the souvenir cup, the shake is $10.)
As for the taste, it was a great milkshake. Real ice cream was used, and the shake was thick, creamy, and had nice flavor. Probably a bit too straightforward to justify the price–especially at a time when novelty shakes cost similar amounts, but if you’re looking for something that’s high quality and delicious without the gimmicks, this is the milkshake for you.
Overall, our most recent dining experience at World Premiere Food Court was solid. Obviously, this is not the epicenter of fine dining at Walt Disney World nor does it hold a candle to the undisputed champion of Value Resort food courts, Landscape of Flavors. However, it doesn’t have to be bad, either. Dining at any of the All Star Resorts is both what you make of it, and some luck of the draw. Choose wisely and you can have some great meals at relatively reasonable prices. Choose poorly and you can have terrible food that’s been sitting under a heat lamp for what seems like days.
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Have you dined at World Premiere Food Court? Any items you recommend or recommend avoiding? Any Walt Disney World food court ‘strategy’ of your own to add? Do you agree or disagree with our review? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
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As someone with severe food allergies, I LOVE DISNEY DINING. However, when we stayed at the All-Star Movies resort, their food court was disappointing. While they did have a chef come out and talk to me about my allergies it was not very well organized. For example, I ordered and paid for a meal before I knew if I could even eat it, which of course I couldn’t. Also, the chef I talked to treated me more like an inconvenience than a paying customer. I’ve come to expect a lot from Disney Dining and their allergy accommodations, so the World Premiere food court was extremely disappointing. 🙁
We just returned from our first trip and blindly chose the food court meal plan. For the healthy eaters out there I wouldn’t recommend this plan. We never eat greasy foods and always fill up on fresh vegetables. We thought the food there was horrible and we were so sick by the end that I had to take my husband to the doctor.
Stayed there in Nov 2018, agree the dining room at any peak time is overrun and down right crazy, but a wonderful use of a counter service meal got a giant double bacon cheeseburger and double fries that seemed like they would never end as sides actually a very good burger and was a delight after a very rough rain filled journey back to the resort
You did a review of the food at All-Star Movies, but you didn’t include the secret menu that you order through retro view-finders?! You must go back!
Hi there, we are coming to Disney in August and was wondering if you have any Coronado springs updates? This is where we are staying and unsure wether we should request to stay in the new hotel or not? Any inside information would be fantastic
Now that you’ve tried this shake, you’ll have to hop over to Beaches and Cream to try theirs-with a brownie ir cupcake on top. Fir your readers, of course.
We were at the All Star Movies resort during the New Years celebration, arrived a couple days after Christmas. We ate our breakfast mainly at the food court and it was pretty good. The waffles were good every morning for me. One night I went over to the Roxy and I only had one thing on my mind, The Secret Menu, had an order of Poutine which was huge on its own, next came the Candied Bacon Cheeseburger on a Cinnamon Bun, sorry Sarah but a veggie burger wouldn’t cut it, oh and my burger also came with a side fries. It was out of this world delicious and I love to eat. The burger being sweet and savoury was such a nice taste. I know it was a lot of food but I was on vacation and YOLO!
We stayed at All Star Movies last year (pre refurb, sadly) with my daughter’s high school group. The salmon in the food court was surprisingly good!
$10 milkshake at a food court? Aren’t the “bottomless” milkshakes at the Plaza $9? Admittedly, one of these is as much (or more) that one should probably enjoy from a caloric point of view. But when calorie-splurging on vacation, I’ll take the refills and castle view at the Plaza.
To me, This looks like another feeble attempt, just like the reimagined food court at Caribbean Beach. Disney Has Lost its Vision!
I’m surprised you didn’t order from the “secret” menu at the Roxy counter.
If it isn’t Vincent Vega, our man in Amsterdam?
Okay, so this is really bugging me…I get the reference, but not the joke.
What am I missing? Please shepherd the weak through the valley of the darkness. 😉
I mean, it’s a pretty f’ing good milkshake. I don’t know if it’s worth $5 but it’s pretty f’ing good.
Yeah…no…someone who actually prefers veg food needs to write the veg dining reviews.
Like… maybe Sarah?
Please write a vegan dining guide!!!
“Unfortunately, I have several more high-priority ‘best bathrooms at Walt Disney World’ posts in the pipeline (broken down park by park and resort by resort), so the earliest I can get to that vegan thing is around 2021.” Oh my gosh that is hilarious.!