Shop No Longer Casts Its Sweet Spells


A few months ago, the rumor was circulating that Sweet Spells, part of the Beverly and Sunset shop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, was going to close to become a Pixar-themed store. We didn’t want to believe it was true that the confectionery that carried so many long-time favorites (like the Carrot Cookie) was going away, but sure enough, soon afterward we saw the construction walls go up.



It just so happened that I was in Disney’s Hollywood Studios a few days ago when Sweet Spells reopened in its new incarnation — now known as Tinseltown Trinkets, the space has been completely revamped and sells exclusively Toy Story merchandise.




Some of it is really cute, don’t get me wrong.




But what about the carrot cookie? The candied apples? All the other sweet treats the store was beloved for?

Well, you can still get the carrot cookie at the Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks) at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. But if you’re hankering for cotton candy or chocolate covered strawberries… you’ll have to head back to the Magic Kingdom’s Confectionery. There’s really no similar shop in the Studios theme park now.

Sorry, Charlies. We’ll miss Sweet Spells, too.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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3 Replies to “Shop No Longer Casts Its Sweet Spells”

  1. We will really miss Sweet Spells, we were always regular customers for treats, multiple times each trip. And we also enjoyed the villian merchandise and purchased some of that as well. Disney needs to bring this back – it is going to be a big hole!

  2. It makes one wonder why they didn’t open the ToyStory shop in Toy Story Land?!

    Deb K replies: Agreed! The only shopping in Toy Story Land is two merchandise carts… no real space for a proper store, I guess.

  3. Seems there is more than enough real estate in Hollywood Studios to preserve something like this that has nostalgic value (read: is NOT STARBUCKS) and always seemed to be packed with guests. What about the old bakery that Starbucks displaced? What about the camera shop that serves no purpose but to sell Disney photos now? Why not put a soda fountain and confectionary in the the Five and Dime store?

    Seems Imagineering is recruiting more accountants than engineers.

    DEBK Replies: Well, we don’t know what Disney may have up its sleeves, so there may yet be some sort of confectionery eventually, but Sweet Spells will certainly be missed!