Visiting Disney in Hollywood, at Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store
Written by Robert Niles
With my parents in town this past week, we took that as an excuse to play tourist, and visit parks of Los Angeles that we rarely visit as residents. Natalie wanted to take pictures in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, so we drove down to Hollywood for the afternoon.Tweet
What's the theme park angle, you ask? Well, the kids wanted a snack, so we walked across the street to Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store.
Think the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, but on Hollywood Boulevard. Take a moment to look down as you enter, so that you don't miss a certain theme park's "star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The store's located next to Disney's El Capitan Theater (now showing "Oceans"), but it's a separate facility, offering table service soda, sundaes and sandwiches on one side, and a small selection of Disney souvenirs on the other. (The store does, however, offer a healthy selection of Disney Blu-Ray and DVDs.)
Laurie ordered a junior hot fudge peppermint sundae ($5.95):
And I went for the non-dairy Strawberry Ice ($2.95):
Ultimately, though, we ended up polishing off the kids' chocolate malt ($6.50):
We also ordered a Coke Float ($4.95). A variety of sandwiches are also available, as are cupcakes and a few over-the-top treats, such as a "Mickey's Masterpiece" sundae with eight scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, caramel and marshmallow, served in a Sorcerer's hat ($29.95).
The Soda Fountain's a convenient stop when visiting the tourist sites in Hollywood, located across the street from Grauman's, the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards) and Hollywood and Highland shopping center, and next door to the El Capitan and the Jimmy Kimmel Live theater. Park under Hollywood and Highland ($2 for four hours with validation from any store in the mall - the Disney Soda Fountain, across the street, doesn't count). Or take the LA Metro Red Line, which has a stop right on the corner.
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