Located next to the 50′s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find one of our favorite places to grab a drink at Walt Disney World – the Tune In Lounge. Its hours generally mirror that of the restaurant, so 11:00 a.m. to whenever the restaurant closes for the evening.
The theme of the lounge is similar to that of the Prime Time, only instead of Mom’s Kitchen, you’re in Dad’s Den/Dad’s Living Room (I’ve heard it referred to as both) where there are comfy couches, chairs, tables, and plenty of kitsch. There is definitely a lot of interesting decor to look at, and “vintage” televisions play clips of old 1950′s shows like the ones at the Prime Time.
The bar serves a few different beers on tap, but nothing fancier than Yuengling and Blue Moon. Same goes for the bottled beer, which includes the usual Bud, Coors Light, Miller Light, Sam Adams, Stella, etc. that you see at many of the bars around Walt Disney World. Personally, we prefer to have cocktails. The bartenders usually pour a decent drink, and they have some tasty specialty cocktails here.
- Dad’s Electric Lemonade – Dad whips up an electrifying blue drink with Bacardi Rum, Skyy Vodka, Blue Curacao, Sweet & Sour, and Sprite.
- Mowie Wowie – Dad brought this drink back from the Pacific – Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Melon Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice.
- Grandma’s Picnic Punch – Grandma concocted a wonderful drink for the family picnic – Skyy Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Creme de Cassis, Light Lemonade, and Pineapple Juice.
- Patron Platinum Margarita – Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Lime Juice, and Sweet and Sour.
- Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea - Bacardi Superior Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Cointreau, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola
We’re a little partial to Grandma’s Picnic Punch (left) and the Mowie Wowie (right).
Note that on any of the cocktails that include “Dad’s Experimental Ice Cubes” you can choose to skip the cube which can save you a few bucks. During my last visit it was a $3.50 per drink, but the amount you save seems to vary from bar to bar, and sometimes even bartender to bartender. It’s always at least a couple bucks though, and in this case a $10.50 mixed drink becomes a $7.00 one, so you might want to think about how many of those glow cubes you really need. The Tune In also accepts Tables In Wonderland, which will save you 20% on your bar tab for up to ten people.
Another great thing about the Tune In is that if you’re seated at the bar, you can order from the Prime Time menu. This can be a great alternative to a counter service restaurant when you’ve forgotten to make an ADR and everything at the Studios is booked up. As you can see, the last time I was at the Tune In, the bar wasn’t too busy so having lunch there would have been a great option.
It’s not always that empty though. Because the Tune In serves as the waiting area for Prime Time and is fairly popular in its own right, it can actually get very busy and finding a seat will be impossible. If the bar is full, you are always welcome to grab a drink there to go. Because of the limited options at the Studios for getting a mixed drink, this is something we do often.
Whether you’re waiting for your Prime Time reservation, looking to escape the heat, or just want to grab a drink to go, the Tune In Lounge is a great choice when you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.