Category Archives: Sunset Boulevard

Where in the World? #20

Where in the World can you find Mickey like this? Take a guess and check back later for the full photo. Also be sure to check out the posts from this past week here at Makin’ Memories as well as some of our favorite sites found over to the right in our Disney Links Section!

Where in the World is Mickey?

That dapper looking Mickey is found on the sign above the Sunset Boulevard store, Mouse About Town, in Disney Hollywood Studios.

Mouse About Town

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G-Force Records – Setting the Scene for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

The aptly named G-Force Records is the setting for Hollywood Studios’ indoor roller coaster, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The ride itself allows riders to experience a max of 4.5 Gs which shows us where the fictional record company gets its name.

Looking up at the ceiling in the lobby of G-Force Records

I recently came across a little backstory for G-Force Records that I have not heard before. According to WDWMAGIC, G-Force Records has actually been around since the 1930s and attracted all the big names in the music industry. But on one fateful night in 1939, G-Force Records was throwing a party at the neighboring Hollywood Tower Hotel when the hotel was struck by lightning and five guests mysteriously disappeared. The hotel was abandoned and the record company fell apart. Both places sat quietly for years until the hotel was reopened and G-Force Records was also able to begin rebuilding and growing into the hugely popular studio that it is today.

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Where in the World? #16

Where in the World do you find this? Take a guess here, over on our Facebook, or on our Twitter and check back later today for the full photo and answer.

Where in the World is this?

Did you guess the larger than life guitar outside of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney Hollywood Studios? If so, you got it!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, you’ve just entered into the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster area at the end of Hollywood Studios’ Sunset Boulevard.  The attraction, costarring the band Aerosmith, is an indoor roller coaster and takes riders on a crazy ride through Los Angeles.  After spying on a bit of Aerosmith’s recording session, guests are invited by Steven Tyler to join them at the show and he gives everybody backstage passes; the catch is that your super-stretch limo has to fight traffic to get you there on time! Each limo has its own license plate and different music to boot. Lasting only around a minute and a half, the ride is so quick that you may not even remember what you heard afterwards!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Entrance - Hollywood Studios, July 2007

Sunset Boulevard

Once you make your way inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios you enter the heyday of Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s.  Take the first right off of Hollywood Boulevard and you’ll find yourself walking down Sunset Boulevard, which offers a variety of character and villain themed shops including the shops found in the Beverly Sunset. The focal point looming at the end of Sunset Boulevard is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  At 199 feet it stands just one foot shy of the federal aircraft regulations which would require a blinking red light to be placed on top (which would have completely taken away from the feel of the hotel).  Based on the television series this ride takes you through an empty, haunted hotel and into a maintenance service elevator, directly to, The Twilight Zone.

Hollywood Tower Hotel on Sunset - Hollywood Studios, April 2010

Lucky Number 13?

A wait time of 13 minutes is quite funny when seen at the Tower of Terror.  The wait is not literally 13 minutes, rather there’s no real wait at all, or the park has just opened.  It’s neat to see it this way, when you can.

Lucky Number 13 - Hollywood Studios, April 2008

Checking In??

Check in, and you may never check out!  The detail in the Tower of Terror is some of the best found on property, all the way down to the mail that was never checked, the keys of the unoccupied rooms, and the hat belonging to a vanished visitor.

Tower of Terror - Hollywood Studios, December 2007