Hollywood Boulevard

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Hollywood Boulevard
HollywoodBoulevard.jpg
Graumann's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Opening date May 1, 1989
Number of Attractions One

Hollywood Boulevard is a land in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Layout

Hollywood Boulevard serves as guest's gateway to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Like Main Street USA, guests enter the park and continue down the street in order to get the majority of the park's other areas. At the end of Hollywood Boulevard is Grumman's Chinese Theater, which houses the Great Movie Ride. Other points of interest on Hollywood Boulevard include the Hollywood Brown Derby, as well as a plethora of shops that are based on various Hollywood landmarks.

History

A look down Hollywood Boulevard at night. Photo by Disney

When the Disney-MGM Studio’s opened, Hollywood Boulevard housed The Great Movie Ride and an unnamed Disney character stage show housed in the original Theater of the Stars [1]. Also located on Hollywood Boulevard on opening day were the Hollywood Brown Derby [2] and Starring Rolls restaurants. Finally, the land also housed the shops: Oscar's Classic Car Souvenirs, Movieland Memorabilia, Sid Cashuenga's One- of-a-Kind, Crossroads of the World, Mickey's of Hollywood, The Darkroom, Cover Story, Celebrity 5 & 10, Sweet Success, Pacific Electric Pictures, Keystone Clothiers and Sights & Sounds [1].

Outside of a series of changes to Hollywood Boulevard's shops and entertainment (see below), the area has seen a relatively few number of changes. On May 2, 1993, the Theater of the Stars was closed in order to make space for the entrance to the new Sunset Boulevard area (a relocated Theater of the Stars would open on Sunset Boulevard in 1994) [3]. Subsequently, on September 28, 2001, Disney constructed a 122 ft. Sorcerer's Hat (the magical hat that Mickey wore in the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of Fantasia) in front of the Chinese Theater [4]. Built as a part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration, the Sorcerer's Hat was originally built as a temporary structure. Underneath the hat, guests could find interactive kiosks that taught them about the life of Walt Disney. Although Disney claimed the hat would be a temporary addition, the structure would eventually supersede the Earful Tower as the then Disney-MGM Studio's primary icon [4].

In January 2015, the Sorcerer's Hat was finally demolished [5]. The structure's removal restored the sight line that allowed guests to see the Chinese Theater as they looked down Hollywood Boulevard.

On February 5, 2017, Starring Rolls Cafe closed [6]

Attractions

The Great Movie Ride-This opening day attraction lets guests board trams and travel through some of the most popular movies of all time. The ride lasts about 22 minutes and is located inside a replica of Grumman’s Chinese Theatre.

Restaurants

Hollywood Brown Derby- A recreation of the famous Hollywood landmark, this table service restaurant features upscale American cuisine.

Former Restaurants

Starring Rolls Cafe- This counter service restaurant sold sushi and sandwiches in addition to housing a full bakery.

Shops

The Darkroom on Hollywood Boulevard. Photo by Jennifer Lynn.

Movieland Memorabilia- Located just before the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios, this shop specializes in hat and Mickey ear merchandise.

Crossroads of the World- Located just inside the entrance to the park, Crossroads of the World offers sundries, autograph books and film.

Mickey's of Hollywood- This shop features a wide variety of Disney's Hollywood Studio's merchandise.

The Darkroom- Disney's Hollywood Studio's one stop shop for all your photography needs.

Cover Story- This medium size shop sells a plethora of toys and plush merchandise.

Celebrity 5 & 10-This shopping location features housewares and other gifts.

Keystone Clothiers- As the store's name suggests, this location is stocked full of apparel and accessories.

Adrian & Edith's Head to Toe- Like Keystone Clothiers, this shop sells apparel for both men and women.

Oscar's Super Service- Originally known as Oscar's Classic Car Souvenirs, this location now features stroller, locker and EVC rental.

Former Shops

Sweet Success- Opening with the rest of the Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, this shop sold specialized candy and other treats.

Sights and Sounds-Presented by Selah, this store allowed guests to make their own music videos. Sights and Sounds opened with the rest of the park on May 1, 1989 and closed in 1990

Sid Cashuenga- This store sold one of a kind movie memorabilia. Opened May 1, 1989 and closed November 11, 2013.

LA Prop & Cinema Store'- Opened May 11, 1991 and closed June 15, 2014. This store sold children's apparel, plush and toys.

Calling Dick Tracey- This store allowed guests to film themselves in the world of Dick Tracy. It also sold a plethora of Dick Tracey merchandise. Operational from May 26, 1990 until January 12, 1991.

Pacific Electric Pictures- Operating from May 1, 1989 until 1990, this shop allowed guests to create their own VHS version of a Hollywood spectacular. Replaced by Calling Dick Tracey.

Entertainment

Citizens of Hollywood- These Stremosphere characters performs skits and interact with guests on both Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard.

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • Prior to 2013, Hollywood Boulevard was the home of Disney's Hollywood Studio's afternoon parades. A complete list of the various parades performed on Hollywood Boulevard can be found Here.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.florida-project.com/images/guidemaps/ds/disney-mgm-studios-guidebook-1989-late-05.jpg
  2. https://d23.com/a-to-z/hollywood-brown-derby-the/
  3. http://www.studioscentral.com/column/why-its-there/theater-stars
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://allears.net/ae/issue798.htm
  5. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-disney-hollywood-studios-hat-gone-story.html
  6. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2017/02/04/news-starring-rolls-cafe-in-hollywood-studios-closing-february-5th/