In this, the final post in our series about the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, we’re going to be looking at some of the things that you can see and do in the Sunset Boulevard area of the park.
Sunset Boulevard Rides and Attractions
There are four main rides and attractions within the Sunset Boulevard area of the park: Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith; The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror; and Fantasmic!.
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is a 25-minute long show, featuring your favourite characters from the Disney movie. It’s performed in the park’s Theater of the Stars, and includes a number of scenes from the movie, together with songs and dance routines. It’s performed several times each day, so pick up one of the leaflets at the park entrance to find out when you can see it.
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The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is one of the park’s most popular attractions and is a must for adrenaline junkies. You won’t miss the entrance, with its huge guitar and upside-down car. There are normally fairly long queues for this ride, so it’s worth getting there early.
When you enter the ride, you’ll walk through “G-Force Studios”, where you’ll see an introductory video before you jump into your car, and head off on a high-speed ride through Southern California. This indoor coaster covers 3,400 feet of track and travels from 0-60 m.p.h. in just 2.8 seconds.
The only lights within the attraction are the neon signs of Hollywood, so part of your journey will be in darkness. The coaster is fitted with an on-board sound system, so you’ll be entertained by Aerosmith as you travel.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is another popular, high-adrenaline attraction. Take a trip into the 13-storey high Hollywood Tower Hotel to ride in the service elevator which will take you into the Twilight Zone.
You’ll be taken up and down a number of times on this ride, and its programmed to make each ride random, so even if you’ve ridden on it before, you won’t be able to predict which direction you’re going in next!
Be warned – queues tend to be long for this ride, so it’s worth heading to the attraction early and making use of the FastPass system to avoid disappointment.
The final attraction in the Sunset Boulevard section of the park is Fantasmic!. This amazing show takes place in the Hollywood Hills Ampitheater on selected evenings (subject to the weather), and features many Disney characters, as well as lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and water effects.
Sunset Boulevard Dining and Shopping
There are a number of food outlets in Sunset Boulevard: Starring Rolls Cafe; Fairfax Fare; Rosie’s All-American Cafe; Catalina Eddie’s; and Toluca Legs Turkey Co.
Starring Rolls Cafe is a counter-service restaurant, serving sandwiches, pastries and drinks, whilst Fairfax Fare offers chicken, ribs, beef brisket, desserts and drinks.
Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Catalina Eddie’s and Toluca Leg Turkey Co. are all quick service outlets. You can buy salads, soups, fries, burgers, desserts and drinks at Rosie’s All American Cafe, whilst Catalina Eddie’s menu includes salads, pizza, chocolate fudge cake and drinks. Toluca Leg Turkey Co. just sells turkey legs and drinks.
There are also a number of shops in Sunset Boulevard, so you can stock up on gifts to take back to your hire car or hotel. Both the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith have their own shops, stocking ride-related merchandise. There are also many other shops selling general Disney merchandise and gifts.
If you want to read the rest of the posts in our series about the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, follow the links below:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Part 1 – an overview of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Part 2 – we take a look at the Hollywood Boulevard area of the park.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Part 3 -we take a look at the Echo Lake area of the park.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Part 4 – we take a look at the Streets of America and Commissary Lane areas of the park.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Part 5 – we take a look at the Pixar Place, Mickey Avenue and Animation Courtyard areas of the park.