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Dinner & a Movie Disney Style : El Capitan Theatre

Posted on: by Kate
Disclosure: Our family enjoyed complimentary dinner and movies for the purposes of covering here. Opinions are my own.

El Capitan Theater dinner and movie

Are you looking for a special dinner and a movie experience for your whole family?  El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood recently added “Dinner and a Movie” Options to their already awesome show!  Our family recently took a little family daycation to Hollywood and we checked out Planes Fire & Rescue and Dinner and a Movie to end our practically perfect day.


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Planes Dinner and a Movie

Typically going out to a movie is a very big splurge for us and I honestly thought a dinner package at El Capitan would be way out of our league, but I was quite surprised!  Check out the information above – dinner and an El Capitan movie experience for only $30 per person!  I thought that sounded like a great deal for our family and to share with our audience so I was intrigued and wanted to investigate.


Our family really enjoyed dinner, it was perfect for us.  Miceli’s is a historic, family friendly, Italian restaurant right off Hollywood Blvd and just a couple blocks from El Capitan Theatre.

Dinner in such a touristy and historic part of town is generally super pricey, a little too fancy for our bunch, or just a big chain that we could eat at anywhere.  We were delighted to try out something historic, unique, and casual.  I was super excited to see how affordable dinner was!  Even if you are not going to the El Capitan Theatre (uh, why wouldn’t you?!) you should still put Micheli’s on your list of family friendly restaurants for your trip to Hollywood.  It is not a big restaurant and could easily be overlooked with all the bright lights and costumed characters – but our family highly suggests it!


* We introduced our kids to dessert cannolis this weekend.  It is all they are talking about now.*

Dinner included a salad, a pasta dish (we all had a combo of spaghetti and ravioli plates), and a dessert cannoli.  We also could have enjoyed a fountain drink but the kiddies don’t drink soda and neither do we most of the time so we actually all skipped it.  The kids were able to substitute milk and that got my stamp of approval.

*Our family does not have any dietary restrictions so we are super easy peasy and flexible.  If you do have dietary restrictions it is important to note there is not much that you can change in the menu as part of the Dinner & A Movie Plan.  Harry and I don’t tend to eat a lot of pasta, but this was a delicious ‘cheat’ day for us.  If you cannot eat pasta you might be a little out of luck with the menu we had.  My kids were in heaven with all the pasta, but I thought it was important to point out for folks with special diets.*


Our dinner reservation was for 5:15 which gave us plenty of time before our 6:45 showing at El Capitan.  We were finished up by about 6:15 and strolled back with plenty of time to check out some of the downstairs attractions (totally free!) and find our seats.

El Capitan

Our bellies were full and nobody even asked for concessions (which we pretty much never buy, but it was probably the first time they didn’t ask – bonus!)

One thing I have always appreciated about El Capitan Theatre is they offer a fun live show before the movie.  All the kids were dancing in the aisles.  Right now families can enjoy “Summer Beach Party” which is a lot of fun! They really enjoyed the live singers and dancers along with Mickey, Minnie, and several other costumed characters.  My son even was called up on stage to limbo – that never happens at other movie theaters.

We enjoyed Planes : Fire and Rescue (see the Trailer Below)

If you are reading this after Planes : Fire & Rescue is out of theaters make sure to check out the newest Dinner & A Movie Selection!

Mickeys Summer Beach party

A big giant thank you to The El Capitan Theatre for hosting us!  We had an amazing time!  If you are looking for a fun SoCal trip you gotta make it out to Hollywood!  If you are coming to The Disneyland Resort with the family seriously consider taking a day to explore Hollywood and take in a show at El Capitan; it will take your Disney vacation to a whole new level!  We hope to be back to El Capitan again soon!

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 7 Responses
  1. That looks like a great spot to check out if you are in the Hollywood area. Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed post. It really looks like fun for the whole family.

  2. Branson says:

    Love the idea of a live show before the movie! Looks like so much fun!

  3. This looks like so much fun! My boys would go crazy over it. Wish we lived closer. I’ll have to share this with my family and friends in the area.

  4. Looks like a fun place. Will have to visit if I’m out that way!

  5. Elena says:

    Looks like fun! I will check them out

  6. Lorry says:

    This looks like a lot of fun. I think my boys will love this place. Have to make plans to take them there soon! 🙂

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