Photo Tour: Streets of America “Restaurants” in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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.

Writer's Stop

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.

Streets of America

Streets of America

Streets of America

Streets of America

Streets of America

Streets of America

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.

"Eat"

“Eat”

I don’t care what they’re serving. I’d kinda like to try it.

"Eat"

“Eat”

And I can’t be the only person who wishes the Village Pizza Parlor was real every single time I walk past.

Village Pizza Parlor

Village Pizza Parlor

Village Pizza Parlor

Village Pizza Parlor

Calzones and Pie by the Slice! And you have to respect a place that boasts “Macaroni” on the window.

Village Pizza Parlor

Village Pizza Parlor

Looks to me like a place that could rival Via Napoli for Best Pizza in Disney World… if it actually existed, that is ;).

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.

Apartment balconies

Apartment balconies

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.

Grill

Grill

It’s all enough to make you quite hungry. Good thing the Pretzel Garden is real!

Pretzel Garden

Pretzel Garden

Next stop? San Francisco!

Route 101 sign

Route 101 sign

If only we could book a spot in The Tea Room when Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian is full…

The Tea Room

The Tea Room

The Tea Room

The Tea Room

Right across the street you’ll spy the China Bowl Restaurant.

Little China

Little China

China Bowl Restaurant

China Bowl Restaurant

There are tons of foodie details to take in at the windows here!

China Bowl window

China Bowl window

China Bowl window

China Bowl window

And you’ll see even more food items in the window of the department store next door.

Little China Department Store

Little China Department Store

Goods in store window

Goods in store window

Goods in store window

Goods in store window

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).

Soda Fountain

Soda Fountain

Fountain Specials on the window

Fountain Specials on the window

Fountain Specials

Fountain Specials

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.)

Specials display

Specials display

Just DON’T do this if you’re hanging out with AJ. ‘Cuz this mannequin in the window totally creeps her out.

Creepy mannequin

Creepy mannequin

Can’t say that I blame her. YOW!

Well, according to the parking meter, our time is up!

Parking meter

Parking meter

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!

Comments

  1. Essie says

    I agree; I wish we could go in and enjoy every one of them, including exploring the Chinese department store. It would be like time travel and I think it would be awesome. Is the ‘Youse Guys’ news stand still there and open for business? We love that place!

  2. Mark says

    We do love “Buy the Book” or as they call it now, the Writer ‘s Stop. Stopped in last week during StarWars weekend to escape the crowd. Man who those were good cookies. :)

  3. says

    Being someone who considers their self a Disney expert, I’m surprised to say I haven’t even seen half of these! I love the little details Disney adds, especially things like the “lived in” effect.

    Jessica // LipsAndTrips

  4. Nicole H says

    I always felt like this area was a bit of a missed opportunity. Most of the year, there’s little reason to stop and appreciate it. I wish Disney would take advantage of all this real estate and fill it out with some theme appropriate shops and restaurants.

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