The rest of the menu isn’t bad either, and I thought it was surprisingly wide ranging, given most people will come here for something sweet. There are soups, a fresh fruit salad, hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, and even chili, and spaghetti with meatballs. If you have a really sweet tooth, you can even get Mickey Mouse Belgian waffles all day long. I went for the cheese lovers’ sandwich, and it certainly was, with plenty of cheese on it. It may not sound that interesting, but when a toasted cheese sandwich tastes this good, who cares if it’s a boring choice? My husband was a little less enthused about his hot dog, saying it was fine, but nothing spectacular. Well, I guess the spectacular part of the menu is really the dessert section…
So enough about the food – what’s the atmosphere like here? It reminded me a lot of a quieter Beaches and Cream, with 1950s styling. Like there, everything is made in front of you, and we chose to sit at the counter to see all the activity in front of us. It’s a bit of an odd concept, because as well as having the Soda Fountain, the Studio Shop is literally part of the same open space, so you have shoppers wandering in off the street to browse, which does take some getting used to. Having said that, while we were waiting for our food, we both took the opportunity to have a wander around, and it was nice to be able to do that. I was disappointed not to see more unique themed items on sale here, but sadly I think that’s the way Disney is going these days.
There are some lovely touches in here. We spent some time having a look at their wall of fame, which has literally hundreds of photos of stars dining here. I have to confess that, being British, some didn’t mean much to me, but names we did recognize included Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jodi Benson, Jon Voight, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Andy Garcia.
That’s not the only touch of stardom they have here, this is Hollywood after all, and stars are everywhere – quite literally! The Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store is located on Hollywood Boulevard, right next door to the famous El Capitan theater, and across from the home of the Oscars, the Dolby Theater, as it’s now known. That means it’s on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and amongst the Disney stars we spotted were Tinkerbell, Winnie the Pooh, and appropriately enough, Disneyland, which is right outside the Disney Soda Fountain. Obviously there are plenty of other Disney stars scattered around, but sadly as we had a show to go and see that night, we didn’t have time to go and hunt for them. I could see how that would be a really fun way to spend an hour or two, although I would prefer to do it first thing in the morning, as Hollywood Boulevard is hugely popular, meaning it’s mobbed for much of the day, something to bear in mind if you don’t do so well with crowds.
All in all, we felt like our visit here was a really fun Disney interlude, and it was a great way to get a quick dose of the magic, and some good food, in the heart of Hollywood.
Disney Studio Store & Soda Fountain
The desserts are one of the main reasons to come here! - photo by chezp
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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