Hollywood Boulevard - Photo Tour
Photos by Brian Bennett (unless otherwise noted)
On the corner of Hollywood at the park entrance and just below the Hollywoodland subdivision sign overhead is the Darkroom, which sells cameras, film, and accessories, and offers film-processing services.
Cover Story, located right next door, is an interesting store.
Back before these kinds of shops were available in every city in the nation, the idea of having your picture on the cover of a well-known magazine was a really neat idea. Think of your father-in-law as Time's "Man of the Year," for example.
During my last major trip to WDW, Cover Story wasn't offering the rag cover specialty pictures anymore. I don't know if that was a temporary thing or if Cover Story is being recycled to peddle some other kind of ware.
The great Art Deco details on Celebrity 5 & 10 are another.
Celebrity 5 & 10 sells a selection of candy, but it's nothing like the candy shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Still, if you're looking for something to rot your teeth, you can find it on Hollywood Boulevard. The 5 & 10 also sells has lots of Studio logo souvenirs and other items.
Although this photo is a bit dated, let me point out the wedding items (caketops, snowglobes, Mickey top hats and Minnie veils) that can be found in the shops in the parks. This just happened to be a very good selection all in one place at the time I took this photograph.
As we walk down the block, you see another example of some of the great architectural details that the Disney folks put into this park -- the mission-style details on the LA Prop Cinema Storage shop.
LA Prop Cinema Storage boasts a really good selection of children's clothing and Disney character souvenirs, including a lot of toys.
After LA Prop Cinema Storage, there is a brief break in the action as Hollywood Boulevard crosses Sunset Boulevard. Below, you see the Tower of Terror in the background between the two palm trees in the center, and the mission-style LA Prop Cinema Storage on the right side.
Also at the interection is Hollywood Junction, which is the location of the parks information board and a place where guests can make priority seating arrangements for the restaurants in the park.
One of my favorite destinations on Hollywood Boulevard, though, is the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. This is a faithful re-creation of the famous eatery from the 1930s where Bob Cobb served up grub for the rich and famous. The menu is a faithful recreation, too, with the house specialties Cobb salad and grapefruit cake among the offerings. The Cobb is really a great dish, but it's very unusual. If you're expecting a chef's salad, you'll be surprised.
There more information on the Hollywood Brown Derby in MousePlanet's Walt Disney World Restaurant Resource, if you'd like to check it out. You'll also find a few patron reviews, too.
It's hard to see, but the perfectly arranged rectangles on the walls are caricatures of movie stars that cover much of the wall space in the restaurant. Also, you might be able to see that the outermost row of tables are actually booths built on a level several steps above the main floor. A piano in the center of the dining room is often manned by a gifted musician or some "streetmosphere" characters hamming it up.
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