Typically when we’re talking about Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s because we’re reviewing some eats in that area of the park, including Pizza Planet, Mama Melrose’s, Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, and our beloved Writer’s Stop.
But today we’re going to take a stroll around this part of the park that doesn’t typically get a whole lot of attention (unless it’s the holiday season when The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights takes over).
Many people pass through this area of false fronts and forced perspective representing street sets for New York and San Francisco on the way to or from the Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show. But I have always loved this section of the Studios as a great place to wander around and take in loads of those famous Disney details.
Among the shops and various business ventures lining these city streets, you’ll notice more than a couple of restaurants and food stops — lots of mom-and-pop-style operations that look like places locals would frequent if these settings were, in fact, real.
For instance, when you’re wandering down New York street, you just gotta love the sign that says it all… by saying next to nothing: the “Eat” sign.
I don’t care what they’re serving. I’d kinda like to try it.
And I can’t be the only person who wishes the Village Pizza Parlor was real every single time I walk past.
Calzones and Pie by the Slice! And you have to respect a place that boasts “Macaroni” on the window.
If you look up (and, as they say, you should always
“Look up” when you’re at Disney World!), you’ll notice the apartment balconies give a truly lived-in impression.
And what’s our food item here? An outdoor grill! Totally against building regulations, I’m certain ;), but it sure makes me want to join the gang up there for a hamburger.
It’s all enough to make you quite hungry. Good thing the Pretzel Garden is real!
Next stop? San Francisco!
If only we could book a spot in The Tea Room when Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian is full…
Right across the street you’ll spy the China Bowl Restaurant.
There are tons of foodie details to take in at the windows here!
And you’ll see even more food items in the window of the department store next door.
Coming back up New York Street towards Writer’s Stop, you’ll want to check out the Fountain Specials at Ye Olde Drugstore and Soda shop (okay, I added the “Ye Olde” bit).
If you peek in the neighboring window, you can see examples of all the sundaes, shakes, and malts that would be available in this fictional setting. (And, when the glare from the sun is a little calmer on the windows, you can also see the table set with plastic burgers and fries.)
Just DON’T do this if you’re hanging out with AJ. ‘Cuz this mannequin in the window totally creeps her out.
Can’t say that I blame her. YOW!
Well, according to the parking meter, our time is up!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour around these “big” cities!
Which restaurant do you wish were real on the Streets of America? Please let us know with a comment!