Review: Cheese Danish at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you’ve picked Disney’s Hollywood Studios as your first stop of the day, with plans to swing by your Resort’s Grab-and-Go to pick up a Cheese Danish before making your way to the park… may I offer a word of advice?

Don’t.

It’s not that it’s a bad choice, per se. There’s not a thing wrong with the standard cheese danish available across resort food courts. It’s fine. But it’s nothing compared to the Cheese Danish waiting for you at the Writer’s Stop.

We’re big fans of Writer’s Stop around here for a couple of reasons. Reason One: it offers a nice respite thanks to its out-of-the-way location in the Streets of America and low key coffee shop/bookstore vibe. It blends in so seamlessly in this area filled with TV and movie set false fronts that a lot of people don’t even realize it’s an operating snack stop.

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop

The casual bookstore-and-coffee-shop vibe inside invites you to meander and browse for a while.

Inside Writer's Stop

Inside Writer’s Stop

Inside Writer's Stop

Inside Writer’s Stop

Book shelves

Book shelves

Small seating area

Small seating area

Reason Two (ok, maybe this should be Reason One ;) ): it’s home to the famous Carrot Cake Cookie! We love this legendary snack so much that we’ve yet to sing the praises of the danish pastries available in this stop, because it’s so hard to resist the Call of the Cookie.

Carrot Cake Cookie at Writer's Stop in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Carrot Cake Cookie at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

But since there really is no better way to start a day than with an enormous pile of cream cheese doused in icing, today is the day that the danish gets its due. I’m obviously focusing on the Cheese Danish, but you can often find

cherry or apple up for grabs, too.

Danish Pastries in bakery case

Danish Pastries in bakery case

Closeup on Cheese Danish in bakery case

Closeup on Cheese Danish in bakery case

It’s given to you in a bag since many guests choose to take their snacks on a Streets of America stroll from here.

Pastry in bag

Pastry in bag

As per usual, I asked for a plate since I wanted to relax at the Stop, but I’m always glad to have the bag handy to carry out whatever I can’t finish, because the Cheese Danish here is just HUGE. It fills the entire plate.

Cheese Danish

Cheese Danish

To give you an idea of the portion, it’s roughly the same size as the Carrot Cake Cookie — which is roughly the size of Kansas. (If you scroll back to the bakery case picture, you can spy the Carrot Cake Cookie in the bottom row for a comparison.)

This is no mere dollop of cheese filling in the middle. It takes over the majority of the danish. And look at the depth of vanilla-y, cream cheese-y goodness once you cut it in half!

Cheese Danish cross section

Cheese Danish cross section

And I haven’t yet mentioned the cinnamon swirl in the buttery pastry, which is a great touch.

Swirl pastry

Swirl pastry

Writer’s Stop gets it write — I mean, right ;) — again and again. Even though all eyes are on the Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks) as the newest coffee and snack shop to hit the parks at Hollywood Studios, we can’t forget Writer’s Stop: just a little spot that’s big on charm and taste.

What is your favorite treat at Writer’s Stop? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Jackie says

    I never get around to trying anything else because I LOVE the Carrot Cake Cookie but I may just grab one of these too on my next vacation! Yum.

  2. Jess says

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try this in May as I always get at least one per trip. This one looks amazing!

  3. Stephen says

    I always make notes in my Disney folder for up coming trips to WDW
    The Disney Food Blog always has interesting and delicious recommendations to try on Disney vacations that turn out to be incredible. Thanks so much.

  4. Evelynn says

    @Wendy

    My fave is the carrot cake cookie. I agree with Richard, bring back enough for all of us! :)

  5. Sandra says

    We love Writers Stop! Although the carrot cake cookie is great, my actual favorite is the seasonal muffin, especially if it is cranberry orange. I do so hope they don’t decide to close this place now that SB is open. Perfect for an afternoon break.

  6. Essie says

    I have to visit this place. I love book stores (and Snacks!), but I’ve never been in here. I must rectify this situation on my next trip.

  7. Mark says

    Oops my comment was cut short. Still think of this place as Ellen’s Buy The Book. Who else remembers that?

  8. Evelynn says

    @Mark

    I remember Ellen’s Buy The Book! I ask my 11 year old niece if she has ever heard of Ellen’s Buy The Book and she responded, ” What’s that?” Makes me feel sooooo old. :)

  9. mike says

    i love this spot. i never miss stopping here at mgm. the quiet atmosphere is a welcome respite during our visits. very good coffee too. please don’t ever change this classic .

  10. Galloping Gourmond says

    The amount of danish you get for your money is a bargain. That’s breakfast for 2.

    I’ve never seen that place so empty! What time were you there??

  11. Rach says

    I still miss when there were 2 tall chairs at the front window. (That now houses where you doctor your coffee.) I loved sitting there watching the world go by while my friends went off to ride Tower of Terror. Coffee, snack, book, & a view? Heaven! 8-)

    Now I really like the times of the year when the crowds are small enough that the couch is there. Though I usually try to snag one of the comfy chairs.

  12. Avaitor says

    I went to Hollywood Studios on Sunday, and as I was waiting for my friend to meet me there, I decided to stop here and treat myself to a Danish for breakfast. Although I considered the cheese, thanks to this review, I went for the apple, and wasn’t disappointed. Next time, I might consider the cheese Danish, or perhaps the carrot cake cookie!

  13. Karla says

    I’m so sad I hadn’t heard of the Writer’s Spot before my trip to WDW last year in March, and now I’m gonna be going back after if permanently closes! Still, I know I can get the carrot cake cookies at Sweet Spells, but is there anywhere else in the Studios you’d recommend getting the danishes?

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