(Since this restaurant no longer exists, I thought it was more of a “Mouse Trap” posting rather than a “WDW Restaurants” posting. But Mods, please correct me if I’m wrong!)
I was going crazy trying to remember this flashback from my childhood… There was a restaurant in DHS (back in the MGM days!) where you could rub Aladdin’s lamp and Genie would talk to you. Everyone I ask has no idea what I’m talking about. :pinch:
BUT, thanks to Google, I have proven that I’m not crazy and this place actually existed as the Soundstage Restaurant!
The Soundstage Restaurant was located in Soundstage 5, which is where Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! is currently located and was a full-service restaurant that had a design to look like a “live set” from some Disney films. Sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company, it was a buffet that featured characters from Disney animated classics and served breakfast and lunch. Originally, the restaurant had a theme to the film “Big Business”, starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin from 1988. The idea of the theme was to make it look like the set was fragmented as if it had been “struck” and there were set pieces and props from other productions lying about. … The Cast Members that worked at the restaurant even wore catering costumes to tie-into the whole theme of the restaurant being a “wrap party”.
Anyone else remember the Soundstage Restaurant? Apparently there were different themes through the years with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas. I don’t remember the food but I sure remember thinking I had the magic touch to get Genie to come out of his lamp. :laugh:
And here’s an interesting bit of trivia:
An interesting bit of trivia is that there were golden camels at the front entrance of the restaurant during the Aladdin years, and these camels were the same camels from the Aladdin Parade that was briefly at the Disney-MGM Studios and the same camel you can find in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom currently.