Sunset Boulevard is home to some of the biggest and wildest thrills in all of Walt Disney World! The Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster pack a one-two punch that’s sure to test the nerves of even the bravest thrill seekers.
If you’re heading for the Tower of Terror, the first glimpse you get of the Hollywood Hotel once you turn down Sunset Boulevard can be very intimidating (somehow it always seems a lot bigger in person!). It won’t help that as you continue down Sunset Boulevard you’ll start to hear the screams of the guests as they’re catapulted to the 13th floor. Of course, you can always chicken out and ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster instead…
Above the Disney Villains store is a window that is home to the offices of the International Brotherhood of Second Assistant Directors. Their motto, painted on the window, is “We’re Standing Behind You!”. This is a sly reference to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show, where the second assistant director tells the extras not to worry about a dangerous stunt because he will be “standing right behind them”!
Along the sidewalk in Sunset Boulevard are a number of contractor stamps embedded in the curb that read “Mortimer Bros. Construction Co., 1928”. Mortimer was the original name of Mickey Mouse, and 1928 was the year he was created.
In the last building on the left before the Beauty and the Beast theater, look at the window with the balcony on the second floor. There you’ll find three potted plants; the middle pot has a Hidden Mickey concealed in the plant.
As you approach the end of Sunset Boulevard, look for the tall ornate building on the right immediately before the Beauty and the Beast attraction. The building, which used to house the Once Upon a Time Boutique, was modeled after the 1926 Spanish-style Carthay Circle Theater in Beverly Hills. That theater holds special significance for Disney fans; it was there that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made its world premier in 1937.
At the Brown Derby Restaurant, you’ll find the familiar Cobb salad on the menu. What you may not know is that the salad was named after Robert Cobb, owner of the original Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, who threw together a late night salad for Sid Grauman (creator of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which in itself inspired the facade for the Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Boulevard); grabbing anything he could find in the refrigerator to satisfy his hungry guest!
Sunset Boulevard is home to two of the top thrill rides at Walt Disney Studios, and certainly the two most popular attractions at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios (the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster). Crowds tend to build early and Sunset Boulevard is usually busy throughout the day. If you want to visit either of these attractions, your best bet is to arrive early and make use of FastPass.
You’ll also find the entrance to Fantasmic! on the right side of Sunset Boulevard just before the foreboding Hollywood Hotel, home to the Tower of Terror.