Well, we had hoped against hope that it wouldn’t happen… but it has.
Last week, we said goodbye to the Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
In order to make way for the construction of the future Star Wars and Toy Story Lands, the closure of the Streets of America section of the park began in April, resulting in the removal of several eateries in the area like Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, and Herbie’s Drive-In. The beloved little Writer’s Stop, however, escaped the first round of closures.
It wasn’t without a change of its own, though. In April, Writer’s Stop began operating as a de facto lounge for guests awaiting their Advance Dining Reservation for the neighboring Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant instead of as the pastry, coffee, and book store it was best known as over the years.
Through the changes, the Writer’s Stop was a small corner of peaceful respite during a very busy park day. (Since the Streets of America section of the park was an assemblage of building false fronts and film sets, many guests would pass right on by Writer’s Stop, assuming it was more of the same.)
Writer’s Stop Devotees will remember that this location opened as an homage to Ellen’s Buy the Book from her first sit-com, “Ellen” — thus all of the TV studio lights…with a couple of strategic hidden mickeys thrown in!
Back in the day, this area housed a little window table for one. I spent many relaxing hours sitting there watching the world go by!
And regarding the food — aside from one brief lapse of time, Writer’s Stop remained the original home to the snack that put it on the map to begin with: the Carrot Cake Cookie.
Though the spot also carried some terrific traditional cookies, enormous Danish pastries, and an array of classic Disney confections, what brought us back again and again was this single signature snack.
Here is what the Writer’s Stop — or rather, the area surrounding it — looks like now.
And if you’re heading towards Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant, you’ll walk by those construction walls surrounding Writer’s Stop.
By the way, you can still find the Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells. And I’m sure it’s still delicious. But moving forward, I don’t think I’ll be able to taste one without a huge wave of nostalgia for its original home.
Thanks, Writer’s Stop, for all the Carrot Cake Cookies (seriously — LOTS of them), all the peaceful, happy moments, and all the great memories. You will be missed.
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