My love for the Walt Disney Company and the Disneyland Resort in particular has been gorwing leaps and bounds by the day. I grew up frequenting this resort, and I could never have even imagined how much I still had to learn about the parks. This past week through orientation I feel as if I have doubled my working knowledge and still have more homework to do.
I intend to share this newly acquired knowledge with all who cross my path, or at least those willing to listen, throughout my daily work schedule.
Here are some fun facts I have learned recently about Disney’s California Adventure:
Buena Vista Street
Mortimer’s Market where they sell fruit and refreshments when you come in: After losing the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 1928, Walt Disney created a cartoon mouse named Mortimer. Walt’s wife, Lillian, disliked the name Mortimer and suggested they call the new character Mickey.
Red Car Trolley
Buena Vista Street’s Red Car Trolleys were based on the popular light rail cars operated by the Pacific Electric Railway. When Walt Disney in the early 1920’s, the Red Cars were a transportation fixture throughout Los Angeles.
Red Car Trolley #623 – Buena Vista Street: Red Car Trolley #623 carries a double reference. The 23 refers to 1923, an important year for Walt Disney. His Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Kansas City, Missourri had gone bankrupt in July, so in August of 1923 Disney moved west, deciding to try his luck making films in Hollywood, California.
Red Car Trolley #717 – Buena Vista Street: Red Car Trolley #717 pays tribute to July 17, 1955, Disneyland’s Opening Day.
Hyperion Theater in Hollywood.
Hollywood Land’s Hyperion Theater is a nod to the historic Disney Brothers Studios at 2719 Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles.
On July 6, 1925, the Disney Brothers put a $400 deposit on an empty lot on Hyperion Avenue. After moving in, the Disney Brothers Studio was renamed the Walt Disney Studios. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse were created at there, as was the feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937). Snow White’s commercial success allowed the Disneys to build larger facilities in Burbank.
This is just a few great examples of the history and detail put into Disney’s California Adventure. Check out many more fun facts here, or come on in and any cast member would be happy to share their knowledge… there honestly is SO much more.