You know how there are a lot of false storefronts around Hollywood Studios, especially in the Streets of America area? I used to think that it would be really great if Disney took one of the fake storefronts and opened a real store inside, and then never actually announced it and just waited for people to discover it.
That’s not what happened with Writer’s Stop, but to me, it feels like that’s what happened. We used to walk right past its unassuming exterior (right next to the Sci-Fi Dine In) probably muttering something about how we’d really like a snack and a cool drink just then. We absolutely, positively, just thought it was another false front.
Imagine our surprise the day we walked a little closer to the windows, saw the people inside, and opened the door to find out what was going on there. We were greeted by candy, cupcakes, cookies, drinks, books to peruse, a couple of comfy chairs, a couch, and a few high tables in the back. A couple of cupcakes later and we were in love. We now never go to Hollywood Studios without paying Writer’s Stop a visit.
When you go inside (because you really need to go) you’ll find that it’s not all just tasty snacks and drinks, but there’s a lot there to suggest that you’re actually on a Hollywood sound stage. Look up and you’ll see ample stage lighting, complete with messy cables hanging downwards as though the gaffers didn’t have much time to set up. The television inside (set up in the cozy couch/chairs seating area) features previews of ABC television shows. If you try really hard, though, you can imagine it’s a monitor and the shows you’re watching on it are being filmed nearby. Crates and other set-related items line the walls around you to help complete the effect.
If you’re a coffee drinker and you don’t like Nescafe, rejoice! Writer’s Stop is one of only two locations inside Hollywood Studios where you can get a cup of real coffee. (The other is Starring Rolls, if you’re curious.) If you want to eat and it’s sweets you’re after, you can find some nice cupcakes and cookies waiting for you here. If you want to read while you eat, there’s some best-selling fiction, movie tie-in books, and a selection of cookbooks to choose from. You can find the Disney line of boxed teas and a lot of Mickey kitchen paraphernalia for you to check out here, as well.
All this, and air conditioned and usually empty, too. Check it out the next time you’re at DHS.