One of the most magical ways to experience a Disney movie is at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Recently, my daughter and I decided to have a whole Disney-themed mommy and daughter date in Hollywood to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the theater followed by fun activities in the area.
I put together a little guide of the things we did to inspire other Disney family adventures. Whether you’re local to LA or visiting, I would highly recommend this magical outing.
We started out the day on Hollywood Boulevard—known for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are so many famous stars but our favorites are right in front of the El Capitan Theatre. You will find everyone from Winnie the Pooh and Kermit the Frog to Snow White and (most recently added) Minnie Mouse. You can’t miss them! Just look by the lights and dazzling marquee.
After taking photos with the iconic stars, we headed into the theater, which plays Disney movies on the regular. They were celebrating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs‘ 80th anniversary when we attended, so there were fun activities planned.
While this was a special occasion, I would recommend attending any night of the week. And for younger kids, Tiny Tot Tuesday screenings are the way to go! The first showings every Tuesday provide a kid-friendly viewing, with dimmed lights and reduced sounds for little ones.
At this special event, my daughter had the opportunity to get crafty with Snow White coloring pages, take pictures in front of themed backdrops, and even see Snow White-inspired designer dresses on display.
We grabbed our popcorn and sat down to enjoy an organist playing in the gorgeous art deco theater. Right before the film started, Snow White herself came out to dance and introduce the newly restored version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. My daughter was very excited to see one of her favorite princesses in person!
We had such a fun time at the theater. While this was a special occasion, they always offer backstage tours—which you can add on to your movie ticket. On the tour, you learn about the history of the theater, see their Wall of Fame, and take a look at the backstage dressing room dedicated to the Sherman Brothers songwriting duo (responsible for some of the most famous Disney songs).
We always love getting to see a Disney movie, then continue our mommy and daughter day with some shopping and ice cream. So, we popped into the adjacent Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop.
When we visited, Disney Studio Store had a book signing with four Disney authors: Don Hahn, Marcy Carriker Smothers, Mindy Johnson, and Dave Bossert. I picked up the book Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century for the author Don Hahn to sign. He’s the producer of some of my favorite Disney films, such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. How magical!
After exploring the shop a bit more, we said cheers to a great mommy-daughter day in Hollywood by splitting a banana split! The Ghirardelli sundae was decadent and delicious (my daughter ate the whole chocolate ice cream side of the split), and was a sweet ending to a wonderful day. Before you leave Ghirardelli, be sure to check out their wall of pictures, which boasts Disney stars who have visited the shop.
Whether you spend an afternoon out and about or head to the movies for an evening show, you and your family will be in for a treat!
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