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Aug 26

Disney Traveling Around the “World” – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Part 2 – Hollywood Boulevard

014 Welcome back “World” travelers! It is an exciting day today as our journey takes us to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After going through security and through the turnstiles, you are now on-stage! Hollywood Boulevard is the opening scene at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As you walk into the park, you make your way down the middle of Hollywood Boulevard, the main thoroughfare for the Studios and gateway into the park. Along the sides of the street, you’ll spot classic Hollywood landmark stores harkening back to a bygone era of Hollywood glitz and glamour. disneyhollywoodstudios Hollywood Boulevard is the main street leading into the park. This is where reality blends into fantasy. Neon and chrome, art deco and modern architecture dominate the scenery. There’s also plenty of shopping opportunities along the boulevard. At the end of the street you’ll see the giant Mickey Sorcerer’s Hat. This serves as the park icon for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and marks the central point in the park, which is perfect for meeting up with others in your party. Hollywood Boulevard serves as the hub for all the rest of the park’s areas.

Attractions

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The Great Movie Ride – Behind the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat, is a replica of Hollywood’s Mann’s Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), which houses one of the park’s hallmark attractions, The Great Movie Ride. If you’ve ever wanted to live out scenes from your favorite movies, this is the place! The Great Movie Ride will transport you through the most famous scenes of the  most famous movies.

240px-EmeraldIn the queue area you’ll be entertained by memorabilia from some famous movies, and trailers for some other classic movies. After you pass through the queue area you are then loaded into large ride vehicles. Then you’re transported into an interesting journey through some of the world’s most famous movie scenes. Just about every genre is represented: musicals, gangster movies, westerns, romances, action/adventures and horror flicks. More than 50 exceedingly realistic Audio-Animatronic  figures bring it all to life, among them Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, James Cagney, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Sigourney Weaver, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and the Wicked Witch of the West herself, Margaret Hamilton. There may be some other surprises along the way, but you can figure those out for yourself.

This attraction is great for the whole family,but I would advise you not to make it your first stop. Because of it’s location, many people make it the first stop in the morning and the lines are usually lighter during the rest of the day.

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Among the theater’s most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to present day. Be sure to take a little time to check out your favorite characters and get a few pictures as well.

 

Restaurants

The Hollywood Brown Derby – Are you looking for a really nice place to eat with great food and an elegant atmosphere? This is that place! The Hollywood Brown Derby is the signature restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s modeled after the famous Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. The Brown Derby is an upscale restaurant and may make you feel a bit under dressed, since most are park guests wearing shorts and t-shirts. You would expect coats, ties and dresses, but then again you are in the middle of a fast-paced theme park. You’ll find everything here that a Hollywood Brown Derby fan would want, such as the caricatures on the walls of famous people, the curved booths, elegant table settings, and waiters dressed in tuxedos.

While the menu of the Studios version is nothing like the original menu, you will find contemporary American cuisine. Seasonal specialties include seafood, steak and poultry selections. One of the original items that you will find on the menu is the Brown Derby’s famous Cobb Salad. It was named after Robert Howard Cobb, the Brown Derby’s original owner. The Cobb Salad is a main-dish salad; its major components are chopped salad greens, tomato, crispy bacon, chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, and Roquefort cheese. For dessert, consider another original Brown Derby signature dish, Grapefruit cake with cream cheese icing.

One of my favorite memories of the original Brown Derby restaurant is from the episode of I Love Lucy when Lucy, Fred and Ethel are excited to go to the famous Brown Derby after they arrive in Hollywood for the first time. While having lunch, they discover that William Holden is in the booth next to them, and of course Lucy makes a spectacle of herself.

The food at the Hollywood Brown Derby is wonderful, although expensive. Also the food here requires more of a gourmet taste, as you’re not going to find chicken fingers and mac and cheese on the menu. The menu is certainly the most limited of all the full service restaurants at Hollywood Studios. Everything is made with exquisite detail. Overall, the Hollywood Brown Derby is one of the best restaurants in Walt Disney World and despite its expensive price tag, is worth the experience. The saying “you get what you pay for” is true with this restaurant and although we find the prices expensive, we found the food to be worth the money spent. There is also great service along with the great food and fascinating atmosphere, which is sure to leave you wanting to come back.

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Starring Rolls Cafe – This is a great way to get an early start at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starring Rolls Bakery is great for a little breakfast with delicious pastries, juices, coffee, fruit, cinnamon rolls (which are huge), muffins, bagels, and danish. There are also sandwiches for lunch, but the main reason we stop here is for the delicious and HUGE cupcakes.

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The Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcake, the Butterfinger Cupcake, and the Red Velvet Cupcakes take center stage here. You will love this little spot! There is no inside seating, but lots of tables w/umbrellas outside. A nice little spot for relaxing and eating some great breakfast/lunch or snack. This is a popular place, with a line out the door at times…..but fortunately the line moves fast. Go and enjoy!!

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Shopping

If you’re a shopper then you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of shopping opportunities along Hollywood Boulevard. Here are a list of the shops:

Cover Story – Be a star with your own Magazine Cover. Souvenir for the celebrity in us all!

Celebrity 5&10 – Housewares and gifts.

The Darkroom – For all your photo and photo related gift needs. Everything from albums to frames and photograph collectables.

Keystone Clothiers – Fashion clothing, watches and accessories for adults.

Mickey’s of Hollywood – Character figures, apparel, gifts and toys.

Sorcerer Hat Shop – Central pin trading location as well as toys and gifts.

L A Cinema Storage – Toys, gifts and other general souvenirs. Mr. Potato Head Creation Station.

Hollywood Boulevard is a great place to start and finish your day. On our next visit we will make our way over to Echo Lane and see what we can get ourselves into! See you then!!

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