REVIEW: Dining with an Imagineer at the Hollywood Brown Derby By Florence Porter
Review: Dining with an Imagineer at the Hollywood Brown Derby
By Florence Porter
Dining with an Imagineer is a tough ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation) to obtain at Walt Disney World. I was fortunate enough to get one for lunch at the Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios 180 days out from my January 2015 trip.
This experience is a small intimate setting with 12-14 people and a Disney Imagineer, in our situation, Jackie Herrera. Jackie is a Curator in the Collections Management department. She is responsible for procuring artifacts and caring for them while they are on display in the exhibits. A few of these exhibits are the Stave Church exhibit for Frozen/Norway and One Man’s Dream.
The four-course meal was wonderful and offers a choice of three entrees.
I’m not a seafood fan, but I branched out of my comfort zone and tried the Oyster and Brie soup. It was good. And the famous Cobb Salad was wonderful! I see why it is famous. I enjoyed the Filet of Beef option.
Throughout the meal Jackie shared her knowledge and answered questions. The experience was very interactive. We learned about the differences between a prop and an artifact. She talked about how she acquires artifacts and shared some of the exhibits she is responsible for. Jackie told us about her love of Disney and how she came to be a Cast Member.
Dessert was a sampling of three, including their signature grapefruit cake.
As we wrapped up the conversations, Jackie signed souvenir plates with personal notes. These were included in the price of the lunch. We also got a personalized copy of the menu and a booklet with a summary of Jackie’s information and a photo of the group with the date.
For the price, it was a very enjoyable two hours. The experience far exceeded my expectations. The value of the experience was worth the price. Imagineers rotate, so you can have a different experience each time you go. I plan on going again in the future. I recommend you call to try for the reservation, as they don’t always show up online at the 180 day mark.