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Sunset Boulevard Photo Tour
-- Attractions --

Photos by Brian Bennett and Ian Parkinson

Here is a photo tour from my most recent visit to the Disney - MGM Studios.  I've tossed in some pictures by fellow MousePlaneteer Ian Parkinson to round things out a bit.

Sunset Boulevard Shops | Attractions | Beverly Sunset Shops

Sunset Boulevard is the location of four of the parks major attractions.  The Theatre of the Stars, shown below, is the venue of the Beauty and the Beast show which depicts the story in a live stage production.

Four for a Dollar is an acappella voice group that performs a handful of classic numbers as an audience warm up for the show. I first heard these guys back in 1995 and have enjoyed them very, very much over the years.

Belle and the Prince, after the beastly spell is broken, bow at the end of the show.  Beauty and the Beast is really a well-produced presentation.

In the corner of Sunset Boulevard, between the Theatre of the Stars and the Tower of Terror, there's a walkway that goes back to the Although it's not quite the same intimate experience you get at the original in Disneyland, it's still a fantastic show.  As you can see from the crowds, it's also a very popular one.  Don't wait until the last minute to get into the amphitheater or you just might find that you can't get in at all.

One other note, you might be able to see the one section of the stands that is empty to the far left (in the picture, actually to the far right as you sit in the amphitheatre). That section is reserved for folks that have made plans to enjoy dinner and get reserved seats (at no additional charge) for the show.  The "Fantasmic! Dinner experience" is available at the Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood and Vine, and Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano.

The Hollywood Tower Hotel is at the very end of Sunset Boulevard.  Obviously, from the picture below, you can see that the Tower has seen better days.  In the late 1930's, a freak accident caused a tragic end for this glamour palace.  It's been closed every since, but some people still venture inside.

In fact, bellhops standing outside the hotel encourage people to see the old grounds and building.

Of course, the gardens are a bit overgrown now...

...and the lobby is a bit dusty and dirty.  It's not hard to imagine the grandeur that this once-proud hotel exhibited.

Here's another example of my ceiling mania.  Check out the details on the vault above.  The pictures, unfortunately, don't do this place justice.

Guests are ushered into a small library, where lightning starts up the old television on which a short program sets the stage for the rest of the visit here. 

During the next few minutes, you're likely to see some unearthly apparitions.  Don't worry, though... that's the last thing you need to be concerned about.

The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is located right next to the Hollywood Tower of Terror.  This is just the marquee for the attraction, but it's a not-so-subtle way of making a point.  There are several inversions in store for the folks that ride this thing.  It's a great ride!  Sometime in the upcoming weeks or months, I'll share an entire photo tour of just this one attraction.  Ian Parkinson has taken some great pictures of it that I'll share with you soon.

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