Dude. If you haven’t been to Writer’s Stop, YOU. MUST. GO.
Seriously, Writer’s Stop remains one of my favorite spots in all of Walt Disney World. Even though they’ve re-vamped the place since I initially fell in love with it (and got rid of my favorite little window seat in favor of a coffee flavoring station…hmph…), the charm of this place is not matched in any other Disney coffee joint.
Tucked into a corner of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this little bookstore-slash-coffee shop has been around since the 1990s. It’s so cozy — and often uncrowded — so when I stop in I always feel a little bit more like I “live” at Disney World.
I’m pretty sure this is going to be the spot where Starbucks infiltrates Hollywood Studios (no official information, of course — just my personal prophecy), so if you’re going to check it out in its initial incarnation, I suggest you head over there ASAP… .
If you don’t pay attention, you could easily think that Writer’s Stop is just a clever bit of scenery amid the other storefronts at Studios. Especially since it sits right next to the Streets of America backlot area. But the rolls of film and vintage percolators in the windoe herald a real, honest-to-goodness coffee and bookshop.
Step inside, and you’ll recognize the themeing immediately. The little storefront gives the impression that it’s a hangout for writers situated in the corner of a studio. A makeshift counter has been fashioned out of crates, and studio equipment adorns the walls.
Writer’s Stop actually began as a play on the set of Buy the Book, the fictional bookstore in the sitcom Ellen, which starred Ellen DeGeneres and aired during the nineties (thus the studio lights up above). When the series went by the wayside, Buy the Book morphed into Writer’s Stop — and gained a happy place in the hearts of Disney fans.
Be sure to take a slow look around Writer’s Stop. First off, they really do sell books! So be sure to peruse the selection in case there’s a volume you’ve been meaning to pick up. The shop also occasionally hosts book signings. Above, you can just glimpse the corner of a poster announcing the appearance of Ridley Pearson, who pens the Kingdom Keepers series.
I love the collection of art glass and the old Carthay Theater print, too.
Not interested in reading? Take your coffee and have a seat in a comfy chair to see what’s playing on TV!
Be sure to look up as well. The lights are a leftover feature from the Buy the Book days, and helped to give guests the impression they were on a set. Look closely and you just might spy a hidden Mickey!
But as much as I love the vibe here, I came for some of my most favorite treats in all of Walt Disney World! Let’s check out what they have to offer.
The sights, sounds, and smells assure you that you’re in a real coffee shop. Many of your favorite upscale coffee drinks are available at Writer’s Stop. But there’s something for everyone! In addition to java, you can also get Goofy’s Glaciers here!
But Writer’s Stop is equally as well known for their amazing bakery items. The cookies here are seriously enormous. There are also other pastries, like danish and muffins.
If you prefer soft drinks or bottled water, there are a few options in bottled form.
Some prepackaged food and snack items are also on sale here. These make great souvenirs!
Carrot Cake Cookie
But Writer’s Stop has one major claim to my confection affection, and that’s the Carrot Cake Cookie. This addition to the park’s snack list made it an instant favorite several years ago, and now it’s a cult must- have!
Two spicy, cakey cookies are sandwiched together with rich cream cheese filling. The whole thing is reminiscent of that regional favorite, the whoopie pie.
I usually get one (or two…whatever…don’t judge) and take them back to my hotel room to stash in the fridge and snack on throughout the trip! (You guys know that my favorite food in the world is cold cream cheese frosting, right?)
Whatever you choose to call it, I’ll just keep considering it what it is — one fantastic snack. It can also double for a delicious breakfast. (Hey, those carrots and raisins make it pretty healthy, right?)
And don’t forget, you can also pick up this delicious treat at Sweet Spells at the front of the park!
Peanut Butter Cookie
But if you’re looking for MORE unabashed decadence, have a look at this Peanut Butter Cookie. Oh no, this is not your garden variety recipe.
Rich, buttery cookie dough with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor is kicked up with chunks of Butterfinger candy bar pieces. At least it looks a lot like that to me… .
Couldn’t you just swoon for a big, ice cold glass of milk and this cookie right now? Because I so could.
They were both incredible. But my heart will always remain true to the carrot cake cookie.
This quiet little corner of bliss in a sea of theme park excitement remains a best kept secret. Even with legions of carrot cake cookie fans, I can still find a spot at a high-top table or in one of those comfy chairs to just unwind a bit before heading back out into the heat and the crowds.
A wonderfully comfortable setting and some legendary eats make Writer’s Stop one of my top picks in the whole Disney universe. And once again, I implore the Disney gods…please, leave this quiet little unassuming spot just as it is: a haven and a rest stop. A place to refuel and go back out, ready to face one more drop (or three) on Tower of Terror.
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