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8 Reasons We Love Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Boulevard is the main street on Disney’s Hollywood Studios that is the street you walk down as soon as you enter the park.  It is the street that leads to all other streets within the park, so you can’t miss it.  Here are 8 reasons why we totally love Hollywood Boulevard:

 

8 – The views of the Chinese Theater.

The Chinese Theater is the icon at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.  It is a replica of the Chinese Theater directly from Hollywood in California.  There are even handprints in the cement in front of the theater where you can test your handprints against famous celebrities.  The theater is usually somewhat blocked by a stage, but you can still see how impressive it is and how beautiful it looks like the rest of the Hollywood Boulevard scenery.

7 – There is an instant feel of Hollywood nostalgia when you enter the park.

The park is very much designed after an early 1930’s Hollywood type of era.  It gives you the feel of what you would have expected the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to look like if you had visited the real Hollywood during that time.  There are palm trees, twinkle lights in the trees, stunning window displays and facades on the buildings that help to transport guests back decades to old-school Hollywood.

6 – A trip to The Trolley Car Café.

The Trolley Car Café is the Starbucks location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  A trip to The Trolley Car Café will allow you to get a delicious coffee as well as a variety of treats, bakery items, breakfast sandwiches and more.  This is a must-stop location for our family.  We love getting charged up with a Starbuck’s coffee and treat to get us started on a fabulous day in the park.

5 – The amazing shopping experiences.

There are so many great shops on Hollywood Boulevard to pick from.  There is an upscale clothing shop, Keystone Clothier where you can find beautiful high-end jewelry, clothing, purses and other accessories.  There are numerous other gift shops on Hollywood Boulevard with all types of souvenirs including camera supplies, the iconic Mickey ear hats, kitchen gear, Christmas ornaments, t-shirts and so much more.  You will find a huge variety of different souvenirs to look for.  You definitely want to spend time shopping on Hollywood Boulevard while you are there.

 

4 – The storm trooper March of the First Order down the street.

Periodically throughout the day, there is a March of the First Order that occurs down Hollywood Boulevard.  An army of storm troopers led by Captain Phasma march down Hollywood Boulevard and then back to the start. It makes for amazing photo opportunities to capture great photos of the iconic Star Wars storm troopers. You feel like you are right in the middle of the action, and it is so much fun!

3 – Citizens of Hollywood encounters.

There are characters that roam the streets of Hollywood Boulevard to interact with guests.  They are costumed and in characters as citizens that are from 1930’s Hollywood.  There is the utilities department, police officers, actors, city officials, etc.  They roam the streets and even have their own vehicles to drive around while they talk to guests and involve them in their Hollywood antics.  They will even stop and pose for pictures with guests and include them in their skits and games.  It is extremely fun and makes for unique experiences each time guests walk down the street.

2 – Stage shows in front of the Chinese Theater.

There are various stage shows and parties that take place on the stage in front of the Chinese Theater.  Currently a Star Wars show is performed on the stage multiple times a day.  This show includes appearances by favorite Star Wars characters and Star Wars music.  There are many great viewing opportunities to see the shows and get great views of the stage from Hollywood Boulevard.

1 – Amazing views of the evening fireworks.

When Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts fireworks, they are definitely an amazing sight to see.  In the most recent months, the fireworks show has been a Star Wars show performed with music from Star Wars movies and projections from the film on the Chinese Theater and surrounding buildings.  Standing on Hollywood Boulevard is the best place to view the shows.  The exact best place is closer to the Chinese Theater than at the start of the street close to the entrance.

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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!