REVIEW: New Flavorless Southwest Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, and BBQ Pulled Pork Burger Debut at Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some new menu items: a southwest salad (with or without chicken), teriyaki chicken bowl, and smoked BBQ pulled pork burger.

We picked up all three for lunch. Read our reviews below.

Southwest Salad with Chicken – $11.29

Romaine mixed with Roasted Corn Relish and Diced Tomatoes topped with Pickled Red Onion, Cheese, and topped with Grilled Chicken Breast served with House-made Jalapeño-Lime Ranch Dressing

A version of the southwest salad has been served before, but this one has all-new ingredients. This has little flavor to it aside from the chicken.

The dressing has more of the consistency of just dressing rather than any jalapeño or lime.

The seeds add a little crunch. The chicken has some southwestern spices, but it has a weird texture.

This is okay, but nothing we would reach for again.

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl – $12.99

Seasoned Jasmine Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, Yuzu-pickled Edamame, Carrots, Cucumber, and Onions drizzled with House-made Lemon-Tahini-Chipotle Vinaigrette and Sesame Seeds

This is the best of the new options.

The vegetables tasted fresh, and the drizzle of sauce over them had a nice kick. It tastes like spicy mayonnaise.

There isn’t much flavor difference between the chicken in the salad and the chicken in the bowl. This also had a weird texture.

The rice was well cooked.

Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Burger – $14.29

1/3 Angus Beef Burger topped with Slow-smoked Pulled Pork, American Cheese, Coleslaw, Crispy Onions, and House-made Sweet-and-Tangy Barbecue Sauce served with choice of Side

The BBQ in this was subtle and hard to find.

We didn’t taste onion strings at all. The coleslaw had no flavor and barely any crunch.

The portion size of the pork on the bun was small.

This mostly tasted like a regular cheeseburger with a slight hit of BBQ sauce. For the price, you might as well get a cheeseburger and add some sauce.

The fries were cooked well but needed salt.


The teriyaki bowl was the “best” of the three, but they were all mostly flavorless. We would suggest hitting somewhere else in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for lunch, like Woody’s Lunch Box for totchos or Ronto Roasters for a Ronto wrap.

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  1. No surprise. Disney World fast food is generally mediocre at best and recently, over priced.

    They could do so much better of they tried. Or cared. Obviously they don’t.

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