We’re back at the Backlot Express!
And it’s a good time to visit, since Backlot Express is really THE place to go in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get that “backlot” feel, especially since The Studio Backlot Tour attraction closed down last September.
It’s also a good time solely because it’s always a good time to visit Backlot Express. With its fantastically-done themeing, this movie production warehouse that’s actually an eatery serves up Quick Service favorites (with a few unique items thrown in), and it’s long been just about my favorite Counter Service restaurant in Hollywood Studios. Of course, now you’ll find part of it decorated for the Rebel Hangar Star Wars Lounge Experience for Star Wars Weekends, but my most recent visit took place just a couple weeks prior to the temporary redecoration.
It’s been too long, I’d say… so let’s head back inside Backlot Express!
Yes, Backlot Express is a Counter Service stop, so the goal —aside from getting fed — is to be in and out and get back to the attractions. In fact, that was even more of the goal with the Express Order test. But if you have a little extra time, I’d really encourage you to spend some of it exploring the terrific details here.
This “Warehouse of Good Eating” (its slogan is on the main entrance sign), in story, serves as a warehouse for the Studios, storing all manner of movie production items from paints and props to storyboards and stunt gear.
The sculpture area is super cool, with the scupltures all in white awaiting their paint.
And you can spot pops of color here and there, too.
Speaking of paints… you’ll see cans upon cans of the stuff, in both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Though you could choose to eat in the stunt crew area.
But I can’t say that I have, since I find the stunt dummies sitting above –frankly — a little creepy.
Some of my favorite details, though, are reminders that you’ve walked into a functioning, working warehouse complete with safety-in-the-workplace and supply conservation signs.
There is even the ol’ office bulletin board for the Paint Department, displaying inter-team memos as well as [Read more…]