On Sept. 15, Walt Disney Studios announced Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will open its latest soda fountain and chocolate shop associated with Disney. Ghirardelli new store, which replaces Disney’s Soda Fountain, will join El Capitan Theatre and the Disney Studio Store in Hollywood.
When it opens, the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop will serve the company’s assortment of ice-cream concoctions and chocolate. On the menu will be its signature hot-fudge sundaes and other specialty sundaes, shakes, floats, and of course chocolate and chocolate gifts. Each guest to the soda fountain will receive a free sample of the Ghirardelli SQUARES chocolate.
Ghirardelli Chocolate will celebrate the grand opening of this location Nov. 15.
Ghirardelli Chocolate is honored to join Disney on Hollywood Boulevard to bring visitors and moviegoers an unforgettable experience," said Marty Thompson, President and CEO of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in a press statement. "We have been bringing quality chocolate to the public for over 160 years, and this iconic location in the heart of Hollywood is the perfect place to continue the tradition.
Ghirardelli Chocolate and Disney will mark the grand opening with a special sundae crated for the opening of “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated movie. This Ghirardelli location will follow this pattern, with original ice-cream sundaes created for select films.
The new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Fountain will replace Disney’s Soda Fountain, which offered a retro ice-cream parlor experience next door to El Capitan Theatre. That menu featured Dewar’s ice-cream specialties, shakes and sodas, floats and freezes and Mickey’s Masterpiece, a sundae with eight scoops. Disney’s Soda Fountain also had limited menu of classic American lunch fare, serving sandwiches and soups.
The existing Disney Studio Store remains and will continue to offer a variety of merchandise: classic Disney character souvenirs, items focused on current film releases playing at El Capitan Theatre, collectible pins, and movies on Blu-Ray and DVD.
The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and the Disney Studio Store are located adjacent to El Capitan Theatre, which operates as an exclusive first-run theatre for Walt Disney Pictures, at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard. They will be open seven days a week.