This is my favorite place in Disney World. (Well, this and the Carolwood Pacific Room at Wilderness Lodge, but since that doesn’t have any food, I have to defer to Writer’s Stop.) Food…books…writing…it’s everything that I love all tucked away into a corner of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
And I put it under the “Secret Spots” banner because so many folks have told me that they’ve never heard of or seen it — but I’m almost positive it’ll become one of your favorite places as soon as you spend a leisurely 30 minutes sipping coffee and reading books in this wonderful little store.
This is essentially a Disney-fied coffee shop and bookstore. It was originally placed in Hollywood Studios (back when the park was still Disney-MGM Studios) to promote ABC’s Ellen sit-com, representing her book store in the show, “Buy the Book.” The ceiling is still covered with television studio lights as though the shop itself is a TV set, and for quite a while one could find remnants of Ellen strategically placed throughout the store (scripts, etc.). Check out this Studios Central link for an up-close look at these remaining set items! Once Ellen petered out in the late 90′s, the shop survived and took on its new name, “Writer’s Stop.”
Today, it’s a cozy, relaxing, rarely busy shop that sells a variety of items including books, souvenirs, things for the kitchen, barista-made coffee and other hot drinks, and packaged and bakery food items.
Amid the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are tables for reading and enjoying coffee and bakery items, couches and comfortable chairs for relaxing, and even a TV playing Disney cartoons for the little ones.
Speaking of little ones, don’t forget to point out the hidden Mickey on the studio lights above!
Most people love this place for the energy-inducing barista-style coffee and hot drinks, but some know it primarily for its most famous confection — the Carrot Cake Cookie.
No matter why you stop in, you’re bound to find something on the drink list or in the bakery case to try. And even if you don’t, take a little break from park touring and check out the incredible selection of books in the store.
Like I said, this is my favorite place in Disney World. It’s a perfect stop to relax a bit, grab a flavored coffee or an espresso, thumb through a recent Walt Disney biography, let the kids color in a coloring book or watch cartoons for a while while they share a peanut butter cookie, and — once you feel refreshed — start back on your way.
This is one of the spots in Disney World that I always hope escapes the wicked Disney Theme Park “renovation” chopping block, even though it seems like the kind of place that they’ll get around to gutting eventually. So, I guess my plea to the Disney gods is this — even though there’s no princess crown above the door or pirate flag hanging from the rafters, this is still a wonderful store that fills a purpose in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. My fingers are crossed that it sticks around for a while.