Disney Shines at Hollywood and Highland – Time to LET IT GO from Los Angeles

As we posted previously, Adventures by Daddy was invited to Hollywood for behind-the-scenes access to several Disney films.  We’ve shared our FROZEN experiences, which included a Q&A with the producer and co-directors, and rigging and voice-over tutorials, plus a review of the Blu-ray/DVD .  We shared our SAVING MR. BANKS tours of the special exhibit and the Disney campus, plus a review of the Blu-ray.  We shared our review of NEED FOR SPEED.  And, finally, we shared our THE PIRATE FAIRY experiences, which included a Q&A with the producer and director, a Q&A with the animation team, a product launch, our tour of the Animation Research Library, and our review of the Blu-ray/DVD.

It was an action-packed whirlwind with the Disney team and I loved every minute of it, so I couldn’t let my Disney trip go without one more post.  Before I even got to Los Angeles, my FROZEN trip was kicked off with a delicious bang when I saw this chocolate creation in the window of Trolley Treats in Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

FROZEN Picture in Chocolate at Trolley Treats in Disney's California Adventure

FROZEN Picture in Chocolate at Trolley Treats in Disney’s California Adventure

After the trip, I was sad to leave everyone and even sadder to leave the Walt Disney Studios bubble of knowledge, history, art and more.  Happily, my post press junket wanderings in L.A. took me to the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, where I found some not-so-secret proof that Walt Disney and the Disney company are just as beloved off-campus as they are on.  Star after star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is Disney-related and I didn’t leave the block!

Mickey Mouse Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mickey Mouse Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tinker Bell's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tinker Bell’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Disneyland's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Disneyland’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Muppets' Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Muppets’ Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Richard Sherman & Robert Sherman's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Richard & Robert Sherman’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Snow White's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Snow White’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Of course, the iconic El Capitan Theatre is on that block, too.  The El Capitan Theatre is owned by the Walt Disney Company, and has special Disney showings and premieres all year long.

Disney's El Capitan Theater

Disney’s El Capitan Theater

 

Right next door is the Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.

Disney's LA Ghirardelli Ice Cream Parlor

Disney’s LA Ghirardelli Ice Cream Parlor

 

I couldn’t resist the Pin Trader’s Sundae, which comes with a limited edition pin.  Mine came with Tramp.

Ghirardelli Pin Trader Sundae - Sunset Caramel Sundae with Tramp pin

Ghirardelli Pin Trader Sundae – Sunset Caramel Sundae with Tramp pin

Pin Trader Sundae from the Ghirardelli Shop at El Capitan

Pin Trader Sundae from the Ghirardelli Shop at El Capitan

 

There is often a themed dessert related to whatever movie is playing in the El Capitan.  For FROZEN, they offered Frozen Hot Chocolate with a Marshmallow topping!  (Get it?)

Ghirardelli "Frozen" Cocoa Sign with Marshmallow

Ghirardelli “Frozen” Cocoa Sign with Marshmallow

FROZEN Cocoa at the Ghirardelli Shop at El Capitan

FROZEN Cocoa at the Ghirardelli Shop at El Capitan

 

The store walls are covered with a mural of the Fab Five making a movie, of course.

El Capitan's Ghirardelli Store Mural - Goofy in Chocolate Chaos

El Capitan’s Ghirardelli Store Mural – Goofy in Chocolate Chaos

El Capitan's Ghirardelli Store Mural - Goofy in Chocolate Chaos Scene

El Capitan’s Ghirardelli Store Mural – Goofy in Chocolate Chaos Scene

 

Across the street from the El Capitan is Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (its current name is TCL Chinese Theatre), where MARY POPPINS premiered 50 years ago.

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Pagoda

Grauman’s Chinese Theater Pagoda

 

You may have heard of El Capitan and the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and, of course, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but did you know that just down the block you can have a meal and/or a drink at the Snow White Cafe?  Legend has it that the murals painted on the walls were painted by the very same artists who created “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”  Note: the gallery below requires Flash player; click here to view if your device is not equipped with Flash.

In my previous posts about all the great people I met and places I visited and movies I saw on this trip, I didn’t get to share all of the pictures I took, so I’m posting them here for you now.  The first gallery of pictures is from the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, which is FROZEN through and through.  Note: the gallery below requires Flash player; click here to view if your device is not equipped with Flash.

We also got to take a walk around the campus and I took a lot of pictures on the Legends Walk and of the Animation Studio.  Note: the gallery below requires Flash player; click here to view if your device is not equipped with Flash.

I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of Snow White-related pictures during my posts.  Snow White is my favorite princess (and I think she was Walt’s favorite, too) and she must be the fairy-godmother of the Disney company, because she and her Dwarf family are represented just about everywhere.  And I do mean everywhere.

Snow White Ladies' Room Sign in Animation Building

Snow White Ladies’ Room Sign in Animation Building

 

Thank you for following along on my journey!  Disney was extremely generous, so we are raffling prize packs, each of which includes the Blu-ray disc, for FROZEN, SAVING MR. BANKS, and THE PIRATE FAIRY.  Good luck!

Disclosure: Disney Home Entertainment has invited Adventures by Daddy on an all-expenses paid press trip to Los Angeles, California, to tour the Walt Disney Studios and learn about their upcoming home releases.  Disney provided transportation, meals, and lodging, but all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.