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Disney® Studio 1

Disney Studio 1 houses a film set boulevard that all guests pass through when they enter the Walt Disney Studios Park.  The indoor façades conjure an image of a mythical Hollywood as it might have been re-created for a movie.  Guests are invited to explore behind the scenes and go "backstage", where the décor in the restaurant and boutique is inspired by the golden age of American cinema.

Lights, Camera, Hollywood! is the title of a "live-action" film, which is being filmed on a fictional Hollywood sound stage.  The sets are unfinished: when viewed from the entrance, Disney Studio 1's interior looks like a stylised Hollywood boulevard, an illusion that vanishes when guests discover the art and artifice of film set design by taking a look behind the façades.
The unfinished parts of scenery give the impression that the crew filming the movie is not too far away: indeed, they can be found in the restaurant and boutique that are just out of shot… Guests can enjoy a bite to eat, do a little shopping and, in addition to exploring the sets, create a little movie magic themselves by taking control of some of the studio lighting and special effects.

The Boulevard of Dreams: Hollywood Boulevard
Disney Studio 1 is inspired by the Hyperion Avenue Studios in Los Angeles, where Walt Disney first produced the Mickey Mouse animated shorts and his first full length animated picture, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  The set consists of façades fronting the street on both sides, with six storefronts on each. 

On the right hand side of the street stand stylised versions of nightclubs and restaurants as though seen through the eyes of Hollywood during the mid twentieth century.  Some of the movie sets are based on buildings that once existed, while the inspiration for others has been drawn from Tinsel Town's golden history.

  • Schwab's Pharmacy was a famous American drugstore of the 1940's, and was a popular meeting place for writers and actors looking for work.  Its owner, Leon Schwab, claimed that Lana Turner was "discovered" in his store… True or not, Schwab's Pharmacy went on to become a legendary part of Hollywood history.
  • The Brown Derby was a well-known Hollywood restaurant in the shape of a bowler hat where a host of movie stars wined and dined in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Club Swankedero is an imaginary nightclub inspired by the clubs of the 1930's and 40's.
  • The Gunga Den was a bar whose name was inspired by the famous adventure film, Gunga Din, based on the best-selling book by Rudyard Kipling.
  • The Hep Cat Club pays homage to the jazz clubs of the 1950's made famous during the era of the "Rat Pack".
  • The Liki Tiki is a tropical bar straight out of the 1960's, complete with thatched roof.
  • Above the façades hang two neon signs that add to the Hollywood atmosphere: "Carmen's Veranda" (a play on words relating to Carmen Miranda, the legendary Portuguese singer who was famous for her fruit-decorated turban), and "Cocoanut Groove", named after the celebrated Hollywood nightspot.

A working restaurant can be discovered behind these façades, offering guests the chance to dine "behind the scenes" at the En Coulisse Restaurant.

On the left hand side of the street are interpretations of retail establishments that might have existed in Hollywood from the 1920's through to the 1960's. The Legends of Hollywood boutique can be found behind this part of the film set.  

  • Shutterbugs is a photography shop façade that has been built in the shape of a giant camera.  The "expressive" style of architecture has been frequently employed in the buildings in southern California.
  • Glamour Girl Cosmetics is a representation of a 1930's office building.
  • The Alexandria Theater has an elaborate exterior inspired by the colourful "Movie Palaces" that were a feature of Los Angeles from the 1920's through to the 1940's.
  • Hollywood and Vine Five & Dime is a nostalgic take on the small sundries stores that have been progressively replaced by department stores and supermarkets.
  • The Gossip Column is themed on the news stands where magazines were sold during the golden age of Hollywood.
  • Last Chance Gas is a fuel station like those that can be found on Route 66, which travels across America from Chicago and comes to an end on a small wooden bridge on the beach in Santa Monica, California.

About this Attraction

Location: Front Lot

Type: Indoor "film set" street

Duration: Self-guided

Fastpass: No

Best time to visit: Anytime

Tips & Fun Facts

A great place to visit in bad weather.
Check out the interactive machines, one of which is next to Club Swankadero, which allows guests to change the lighting on the Hollywood and Vine Five and Dime facade. The other can be found inside Little Tiki, and lets guests change the lighting on the thatched roof, start the thunderstorm effect and light up the Coca-Cola sign.

If Disney Studio 1 were a working soundstage, it would be the second largest of its kind in Europe. It is 70 metres long, 35 metres wide and 20 metres high.
The cartoon sketches displayed in The Brown Derby are copies of the original drawings that were on display in the original Brown Derby in Hollywood.  These include caricatures of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Ronald Reagan, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, Omar Sharif and many other stars.
every few minutes, lighting effects change the backdrop from day to night.

Additional Information

Wheelchair accessible.

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