One of the places the kids are going to demand you take them when you are visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Disney Studio Store.
The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Disney Studio Store are adjacent to the El Capitan Theatre, which primarily shows first run Disney movies. You can enter from the street or through a connecting door from the lobby of the El Capitan Theatre. It is across the street from the Hollywood Highland Mall and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the building was considered uninhabitable by building inspectors. The owner walked away from the theater leaving the building to its mortgage company. Disney who by then was then a continuing tenant in the theatre portion of the building, not only refurbished the theater but the office floors above for $10 million. The building’s full restoration was completed in December 1997 and the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store opened at that time.
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Ghirardelli took over the Soda Fountain part of the operation in November 2013. Ghirardelli replaced the old-fashioned ice cream parlor and soda jerks with their signature sundaes and a few shakes and floats, as well as a full coffee menu. The chocolate is Ghirardelli from San Francisco, and the ice cream is from Dreyer’s.
Unfortunately, food menu was also eliminated. That meant the end of the Mickey Mouse peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids. So if you are trying to keep the kids away from sweets, you will want to convince them to eat somewhere else.
The right side of the shop is still the Disney Studio Store with Disney DVDs and merchandise and some children’s costumes from various Disney movies. Disney fans may enjoy the Pin Trader Delight Sundae that comes with a limited edition Disney trading pin. Four pins are released at a time from different Disney movies and you can choose which one you want to go with your Sundae.
Be sure to check out our Hollywood Attractions category for more fun things to do while you are visiting Hollywood!
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Disney Studio Store
6834 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 466-0399
Hours: Sun – Thu 10:30 am to 10 pm, Fr i -Sat 10:30 am – 11 pm