I was at the Walt Disney Studios last friday. Here are my impressions :
"Hollywood Blvd" :
Well, i must admit I was slightly disappointed by the final result. Some parts of the "blvd" look actually great. The problem is that the whole place looks good from one specific angle: when you're in front of the Partners statue.
When you walk down the blvd, perpective quickly becomes weird, and background facades don't look very good. Once again the Hollywood hills backdrop looks great from the Partners statue, but very different closer.
Shop-windows look great though (hoping they'll be turned into real stores some day...), and have even more details than some at Main Steet USA at Disneyland Park. Read this very interesting MiceAge article : http://www.miceage.com/guest/gu121807a.htm
The Hollywood Blvd is certainly a huge improvement in the WDS landscape but needs to develop to become a *real* blvd.
"The Hollywood Tower Hotel, Un plongeon dans la Quatrième Dimension" :
I arrived at 12:30, everyone told me the attraction is officialy closed, but unofficially working. Guess what! The HTH was open only for special guests with invitation I was so disappointed!!! It was not even Nicolas Sarkozy and his new fiancée, as they came the day after, I didn't see anyone entering the queue line...
I had the idea to try again at 3 pm, the CM in front of the entrance told me "the HTH opens for everyone for about 10 minutes, enjoy!". Wow. I entered the garden with much joy and fear at the same time. Why fear? Well, I hate drop sensations and feel dizzy when I'm too high. Just perfect for me, isn't it?
Beeing in that mood, I don't really remember what I saw in the garden, the lobby and everything else until the lift... I'll try to have a closer look next time (if I dare).
Then on to the lift.
I think most people were feeling like me because everyone in the elevator were surprisingly mute. The Cast Member was very good and added much atmosphere, before the elevator "sent us to our rooms", he asked if anyone need something special, then he waited 3-4 seconds staring at us, then added "trop tard... too late" when doors closed.
The ghosltly scenes looked great, but a bit short IMO.
Then came the drops. I read here and there that's the ToT is a 'family' attraction with mild sensations. In my opinion, it's not, I found the drops quite extreme, and really felt dizzy at the very top (nice view indeed).
In the end, the HTH is a very good attraction that will boost attendance for sure. It's probably not the best Disney attraction, but it's a great addition to the Walt Disney Studios, considering the nothingness that was there before.