I did the exact same thing. Also, if you have time, go to the Snow White Cafe also on Hollywood Blvd. It's across from the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and walking distance from the Soda Shop. Snow White cafe is a bar, by the way, and not owned by Disney. But the very nice bartender did tell me that Disney animators did the paintings of Snow White, the witch and the dwarfs before there were copyright laws and so there are not legal problems. I have a picture or two if you want to see.
Yeah, it's really cool. I've been to Hollywood so many times but Snow White Cafe was always so crowded I never went in. We finally went in after the studio tour and my boyfriend said, "it's like this bar was made with you in mind. It's like your dream bar."
We're attending the August 15 studio tour and are considering going to the Disney soda shop (next to the El Capitan) after the tour.
Does anyone have any tips/recomendations regarding directions or parking?
I've been there on several occasions and have always enjoyed it.
I think they still have the menu posted on their website, but I will recommend trying one of their old-fashioned-style drinks. You can get coke with a shot of flavor among other things. Sometimes they also have a special sundae created for whatever movie is showing. There is also the 'Studio Store' where you can find a variety of things that aren't available anywhere else. Good selection of movies too.
I always take the Metro Rail Red Line from the Universal City station to the Hollywood and Highland station (the very next station). The El Capitan is right across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex. The parking at the station is free, it's only a few bucks to ride the Metro and it's roughly a 6 minute ride between the two stations. Have a good time.
Park in the hollywood and highland garage. But osmething small (like a soda or cookie) and get your ticket validated.
The ice cream sundaes are sooo good!! You can also get some regular food here too. And if you are a pin trader, you can trade pins with the CMs there
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...
Snow White cafe is a bar, by the way, and not owned by Disney. But the very nice bartender did tell me that Disney animators did the paintings of Snow White, the witch and the dwarfs before there were copyright laws and so there are not legal problems. I have a picture or two if you want to see.
This is interesting if true. I've always seen that Snow White Cafe, but never been in. I always wondered how they could get away with using the Disney characters. I know that the actual character of "Snow White" is in the public domain, but the use of Disney's copyrighted imagery and artwork is blatant, and very prominent in the signage facing Hollywood Blvd. I don't know what the story is legally, but it's been there a long time so I guess they're in the clear!
Originally Posted by JohnZ46
I've lived in southern CA since 1982 and have never been to Hollywood.
And there are several reviews at this site. I never ate there, and was just drawn in by my Disney curiosity. Some of the artwork supposedly was done by some Disney artists, so they should be worth something, but it's just a narrow little bar restaurant, with mostly crappy decor. - Surprisingly, the Snow White artwork doesn't do much to enhance it either.