Sunset Boulevard Photo Tour
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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.
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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
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
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
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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