Reservations are required for any of the lunch or dinner choices and they're pretty quickly taken, even during the lower crowd times. I really wanted to get good Fantasmic seats because even with Fast Passes I always end up on the far left of the amphitheater. So I chose the only one available, which made my decision much easier :). Since it was a 3:30 reservation time, it was technically dinner (which also brings along higher prices.) We made it a very late lunch because dinner at 3:30 is a little too early for us.
The Hollywood Brown Derby Fantasmic Dinner Package included an appetizer, entree, and dessert trio for each individual for a set price. Drinks are also included, other than alcohol. It is on the more expensive side, especially for inside-a-park food. The ranges are $50-58. The other two restaurants that have the lunch and dinner packages are significantly cheaper. I would have likely chosen one of those two just for that reason, but I'm sort of glad that I had to choose this place to force me to try it. (It's always been on my bucket list for this park.)
I'll start with the ambiance. It felt more like a restaurant that I'd visit here in Chicago than in a theme park, and sometimes that's pretty nice. I enjoyed the caricatures on the walls and I'm a sucker for architecture so I enjoyed the motif. The service was excellent, as most of my experiences at Walt Disney World are. The hostess was great as well as our waiter. Those were all impressive. Ready for the food? That's what you came here for, right?
At the end of every meal, I always ask myself if I regret paying the amount I paid for the food I got. That's how I determine if it's worth a second trip to me. I don't mind paying for good food, and a lot of our budget goes to delicious dining at home. But this just didn't hit the mark for me. I was past the point of diminishing returns after the appetizer portion. I don't think it's worth the over $100 price tag since the only thing that we truly enjoyed was one appetizer. Next time, I would really try to grab a reservation at one of the other two restaurants offering the Fantasmic package. Fantasmic actually ended up being rained out and we didn't get to see the show with great seating anyway, but I wasn't completely defeated about my late lunch/early dinner. I still enjoyed the experience and the iced tea. :)
Have you ever eaten at Hollywood Brown Derby? How did you enjoy it?