Review: Tune-In Lounge

Tune-In Lounge is located inside 50’s Prime Time Café in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This hidden bar is one of our favorites at Disney World. It’s a great stop to grab a quick drink, cool down or even enjoy a full meal.

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Tune-In Lounge is located around Echo Lake

Ambiance

As you step into Tune-In Lunge you’ll instantly be transported to a 1950’s bar, just like what you might see at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  The bar sits behind the waiting are for 50’s Prime Time Café and seats about 12 – 15 guests. You’ll find all kinds of decor from the 50s including Libbey frosted glass with gold leaves. (My parents actually had a set of those when I was a kid.) Above the bar sits several Walt Disney TV sets playing clips from hit TV shows from that time period.

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The bar at Tune-In Lounge

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Frosted glasses with gold leaves in Tune-In Lounge

Menu

One of the best things about sitting at the Tune-In Lounge bar is that you can order from the full 50’s Prime Time Café menu.  The menu consists of classic American food. Appetizers include beer-battered onion rings, chicken noodle soup and grandpa’s crab cakes. For entrées, there is a sample of Mom’s favorite recipes (crispy-fried chicken, fork tender pot roast and traditional meatloaf), Grandma’s chicken pot pie and for vegetarians there is Sissy’s multigrain spaghetti. You have to save room for dessert! There is Dad’s brownie sundae, the fan favorite – S’mores and a no sugar added cheesecake for those on a special diet.

One item that is a must-have at Tune-In Lounge and 50’s Prime Time Cafe is the peanut butter and jelly milk shake! Guests can also choose from a red velvet cupcake shake or the more traditional flavors – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Our personal favorite, chocolate peanut butter. It’s tastes just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. YUM!

Food and Drinks

We’ve visited this lounge more times than we can count and have tried numerous menu items. Everything from drinks to appetizers to entrées. Here is a look at some of our favorites.

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Grab a refreshing beer like Kona Longboard

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Get a classic martini to-go from Tune-In Lounge

If you’re in a hurry or just wanting something to drink while you walk around the park, you can even get your drinks to-go. Any beverage can be put into a to-go cup so that you don’t have to stay at the bar.

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Cousin Amy’s iceberg lettuce wedge at Tune-In Lounge

Cousin Amy’s Iceberg Lettuce Wedge is a iceberg lettuce wedge topped with blue cheese dressing (a lot of it), blue cheese crumbles, bacon and chives. The cost is only 5.99 and the lettuce wedge is huge. It’s a great deal considering the size. If you’re a big fan of blue cheese, you’ll love this appetizer.

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Crab and shrimp salad at Tune-In Lounge

The crab salad (which is no longer on the menu) was a field green mix tossed in a vinaigrette and topped with crab meat and cocktail shrimp. It was a delicious appetizer and we do miss it being on the menu.

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Fried herb and garlic cheese at Tune-In Lounge

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Grandpa’s crab cake cross section

One of our favorites is the Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese. It’s herb and garlic Boursin cheese that’s been breaded and fried served with raspberry sauce, fresh fruit and toasted French bread. It’s very cheesy and full of flavor. We even have the recipe so you can make it at home.

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Tune-In Lounge’s beer-battered onion rings are delicious

Our go-to menu item is the beer-battered onion rings. These are fantastic! The are perfectly battered with just a hint of beer flavor. They’re served with horseradish sauce for dipping. If you’re not a fan of horseradish sauce, don’t hesitate to ask for ranch or your favorite dipping condiment. At 6.49, they are a great deal.

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Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie is a fan favorite

For guests who love pot pie, try Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie. It’s a creamy cheese sauce with chicken, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions and peas, topped off with a flaky puff pasty. We’ve found it to be a little under seasoned so you may want to ask for salt and pepper.

Service

We love the staff at Tune-In Lounge! There is a small staff of just six bartenders. It’s rare that when you stop in that you won’t see Dave from Lodi, Dave from Boston or Elaina from Czech Republic. Yes, there are two Daves that work at Tune-In Lounge! These are some of the best bartenders on Disney property. They’re friendly and give exceptional service.

Overall

This is one of the best places for adults to escape the busy park, relax and cool down in an air-conditioned environment. The food is always good and the service is always top-notch.

Do you enjoy grabbing a bite or drink at Tune-In Lounge? Share YOUR thoughts in our comment section!

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