Disney Soda Fountain to become Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop with Disney Studio Store in Hollywood

in Disney, Food

The Disney Soda Fountain next to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California will be transformed into the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop with an all-new Disney Studio Store.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company announced the grand opening of its newest soda fountain and chocolate shop will be Friday, November 15th, joining The Walt Disney Studio’s El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard.

“The El Capitan Theatre has always been about giving guests the ultimate entertainment experience. And now, with Ghirardelli, anextraordinary experience becomes even more unforgettable,” said Lylle Breier, senior vice president, Worldwide Special Events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Families and movie lovers from all over can come to the El Capitan, see a great Disney movie, and enjoy a memorable, delicious after-movie treat. We’re thrilled to welcome Ghirardelli Chocolate to Hollywood, and to unveil our new Disney Studio Store.”

The shop will give moviegoers, visitors and locals a chance to experience Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes, shakes, floats, and delicious assortment ofchocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts. Each guest will also enjoy a free sample of Ghirardelli Squares chocolate.

Ghirardelli Chocolate will partner with The Walt Disney Company to feature a specially created sundae treat for the opening of the new Disney animated movie “Frozen” this November. In future months, Ghirardelli Chocolate will create original ice cream sundaes for select film releases, providing El Capitan moviegoers with a unique Ghirardelli experience.

In continuing with this partnership, the new soda fountain and chocolate shop joins the existing Disney Studio Store which offers an assortment of classic Disney character souvenirs, merchandise from current film releases playing at El Capitan Theatre, highly sought after collectible pins, and a large selection of Blu-Ray and DVD home entertainment.


Update: When asked how different the location will be when it reopens in November, Ghirardelli Senior Marketing Manager Kym Hough replied, “The entire look will change and the menu will be our classic Ghirardelli Soda Fountain menu. We will be offering the pin with any sundae from our menu and we will continue the pin releases. We will be working very closely with Disney to continue the wonderful traditions that the public has grown to love.”

The existing Disney Soda Fountain will close on September 29th, reopening November 15 as the new Ghirardelli location.

In the meantime, the Disney Studio Store will continue pin releases and pin events at El Capitan Theatre.


“Ghirardelli Chocolate is honored to join The Walt Disney Company on Hollywood Boulevard to bring visitors and moviegoers an unforgettable experience,” said Marty Thompson, President and CEO of the Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company. “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.”

The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and Disney Studio Store will be located next to the legendary El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Boulevard) and open seven days a week.

18 Comments

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    Beth

    This makes my kinda sad. I love the store. We ate there last year & it’s so cute.

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    I am not a big fan of Ghiradelli’s, but tt’s ok I will just have to go to Bakersfield to get a decent Black and White.

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    Diana Takenaga

    While I do like Ghiradelli’s chocolate and enjoy eating my sundaes, I also enjoy having my BLT’s and tuna sandwiches. We go to the Soda Fountain for lunch, dessert, and the merchandise. Just eating dessert doesn’t appeal to me as a healthy choice. Besides, if we want Ghiradelli’s, we go to DCA or pick it up at the grocery store. Hmm, maybe, you are ruining a good thing by bringing in another corporation. We probably won’t visit as often.

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    I don’t have a super strong opinion about it, but it seems to me that turning it over to a franchise whose chocolates we bought in the SFO airport during a layover kind of dilutes the experience a little. I’m sure they’ll be fine sundaes and things though… just… generic.

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    J.J.

    What does that mean for the PTD’s?

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    LG

    That’s a shame – Ghiradelli’s products are not soo good…I’m sad 🙁
    I came from far away to enjoy the place…Maybe i can bring real good chacolate from Switzerland to Disney…so then they will change their mind!

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      staysweiz

      Just stay home in Switzerland… please don’t bring anymore of your anti-patriotic sentiment back. Frankly, U.S. Americans will not tolerate it.

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      Mel

      Ghirardelli’s chocolate does stink – especially compared to Swiss chocolate. Please bring some back and teach these people how to make chocolate!! 🙂

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    Don

    I just don’t get it.
    In one location (like new fantasyland or carsland) Disney is working on specialised food and in other locations they push in the big corporation to make in more generic. I just don’t get it…

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    pj_campbell

    This is so terribly disappointing…I love going to the Soda Fountain and having lunch before seeing a movie at the El Cap, but now I’m not going to have that luxury anymore. Changing it to just Ghiradelli Soda Fountain to sell ice cream and sweets kind of takes that away. I’ll wait to see how it turns out, but I’m definitely bummed out to hear this…

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    Val

    I hope this doesn’t affect the great pins that’s come out of soda fountain :/

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    Marc Morini

    Well I have to say this news is rather sad, I want to make a “bitter sweet” joke but this has mostly left me feeling bitter.

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    Andrew Prince

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to visit. Yum

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    i like this store

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