Hollywood Studios’ Grand Avenue
Walt Disney World has four theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Each of these parks is made up of areas that build off of the main theme. Hollywood Studios is made up of 8 such areas: Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, Echo Lake, Commissary Lane, Animation Courtyard, Toy Story Land, Galaxy’s Edge and Grand Avenue. Today we’re looking at everything guests can find in Hollywood Studio’s Grand Avenue.
Grand Avenue is located deep in the park, on the south eastern side of the park. Grand Avenue has the entrance to Galaxy’s Edge, which creates a massive crowd in this area at the beginning of the park day. Grand Avenue is the end of the Hollywood Golden era design of the park. This area of the park is made up of streets and buildings that look like those from a movie set. The windows are done up to look like shops, but are not functional. It’s a great place to grab some fun, memorable, unique pictures. This small area of Hollywood Studios is home to one attraction, a few places to eat and two unique stores. It’s an area that quickly gets passed by by many guests but has some of our favourite restaurants found at Hollywood Studios so we always make sure to spend sometime at Grand Avenue.
Baseline Tap House
This lounge is a great spot to grab a beer during your visit to Hollywood Studios. You can grab a drink at the bar and then take a seat on the large outdoor patio. There are a few alcoholic drinks available but mainly you’ll find beers featured here. You can grab a small bite to eat, the Bavarian Pretzel or the photo worthy charcuterie board. Baseline Tap House and the perfect spot to tap out of your busy park day. It’s not the ideal spot for young children, as there isn’t anything to entertain them. It’s a great location if you have a little napping in a stroller or if you’re visiting on an Adult’s Only vacation. Baseline Tap House is open around 11am until park close.
One of our two favourite quick-service restaurants at Hollywood Studios is PizzeRizzo. As you’d expect, PizzeRizzo has delicious pizza. The restaurant has so much seating, you’ll have plenty of space to spread out from other guests. You can choose to eat outside, on the main floor or on the upper floor. On the menu you’ll find 4 different kinds of pizza, a meatball sub and an antipasto salad. Take advantage of the mobile ordering service offered here to skip the line. PizzeRizzo is open from 11am until 5pm.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Just past PizzeRizzo is one of the few table service restaurants found at Hollywood Studios. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is open from lunch and dinner, serving delicious Italian food. Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Shrimp Campanelle. And make sure to save room for the dessert: Tiramisu, Cannoli or Gelato. For a full review of the restaurant click here.
It’s a Wonderful Shop
Your destination for Christmas shopping at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is It’s a Wonderful Shop. Here you’ll find countless Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas decor, Christmas dining ware, Christmas everything. The only thing you won’t find here is Christmas apparel. That only comes out once a year during the Christmas season. You’ll find this store between PizzeRizzo’s and Mama Melrose.
Stage 1 Company Store
Here’s where all Muppet fans need to come shop. This store is located at the exit of Muppet Vision 3D and the outside is adorned with Muppet characters. You’ll find Muppet toys, Muppet stuffed animals, Muppet clothing. There are other items sold at this store as well, you can find some beautiful art pieces here and a widely selection of Minnie Ears and Mouseketeer hats. It’s a small store but don’t overlook it because they typically have some unique items you won’t find elsewhere on property.
Muppet Vision 3D
This attraction is a film featuring the cast of the Muppets, in a silly goofy show all about the technology of 3D. You’ll see all your favourite Muppet characters: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy, Sam the Eagle. There’s a lengthy pre-show, and the film itself is about 15 minutes. Making it quite lengthy for kids under 2. To get the 3D effect audience members need to wear 3D glasses. Which again can be difficult for littles under 2. The show runs constantly throughout the day. From park open to park close.
And that’s all there is to Grand Avenue. It’s not an area of Hollywood Studios that guests flock to but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t carve out some portion of your day to explore it. For more details on areas found around Walt Disney World theme parks, check out these previous posts: