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Friday
Aug032012

Hidden Disney Details - Buena Vista Street Mailboxes

There are dozens of Disney Details to discover along Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure Park's newly remodeled main thoroughfare. Hidden in a private entryway next to the Los Feliz Five & Dime is an apartment-style mailbox.

The nameplates on the personal mailboxes feature a few familiar names with Disney ties. From left to right the names read; S. Yoshiwara, E. Valiant, T. Ogelvie and P. Peabody.

The S. Yoshiwara mailbox is a tribute to Staci Rei Yoshiwara, a Disney fan and former cast member who passed away before Buena Vista Street's completion.

"This name is dedicated to a good friend and former Disney cast member who passed away during the creation of Buena Vista Street. Being a fan of Disney and knowing she'd never get to see Buena Vista Street, I felt it was only fitting she'd always be able to call it home."
- Brandon Kleyla, WDI Set Decorator

Bob Hoskins plays Eddie Valiant, who receives his mail directly from the postman - Who Framed Roger Rabbit © Touchstone Pictures

E. Valiant - Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Valiant was the circus clown turned heroic cop, who then turned into a drunken detective after an evil cartoon dropped a safe on his brother. Eddie was played by real life actor Bob Hoskins, who starred alongside the animated Roger Rabbit. A bit too sexy and risque to be a traditional Disney feature, the Academy Award-winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released under Disney's Touchstone Pictures. 

Don Knotts as Theodore Ogelvie (L) & Tim Conway as Amos Tucker - The Apple Dumpling Gang © Walt Disney Productions

T. Ogelvie - Theodore Ogelvie, was Don Knotts' hapless character from Walt Disney Productions' The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and its sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1982). In the 1975 box office hit, Knotts teamed with comic actor Tim Conway, who co-starred as the dimwitted Amos Tucker. Together, Theodore and Amos were a pair of inept outlaws, bumbling their way through the Wild West.

Officer Percival P. Peabody - Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort © StudioCentral.com

P. Peabody - Officer Percival P. Peabody, one of the eccentric citizens from Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Officer Peabody is entrusted with Keeping the streets of Hollywood safe, one star at a time. (Percival P. Peabody photo courtesy of StudioCentral.com.)

Saturday
Jun302012

Hidden Disney·Pixar Details - A Knick Knack in the Cars Land Curio Shop

Several knick knacks on display in Radiator Springs Curios.

The Knick Knack snow globe on display in Radiator Springs Curios

Six years before Toy Story (1995), Pixar Studios released an acclaimed computer animated short titled Knick Knack (1989). At the time, Pixar was more computer company than animation studio. Written and directed by John Lasseter, the great reception to Knick Knack spurred Lasseter & Pixar to eventually create a full-length computer animated feature.

The short stars Frosty the Snowman's cousin, Knick, who tries desperately to get out of his Home Sweet Nome snow globe and over to a bikini clad beauty in a Sunny Miami knick knack. With each failing attempt, Knick's troubles snowball comedically to a smooth jazz track provided by Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin.

Years after its intial premiere, Pixar Studios remade Knick Knack as a theater preview for Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003). During its re-creation, several character changes were made to make the short more family friendly. The cool little cartoon was then revamped as a 3-D version, which was released as a companion to the Disney Digitial 3D re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) in 2006.

Pixar fans visiting Cars Land can head over to Lizzie's Radiator Springs Curios, where the Knick Knack snow globe has been hidden atop one of the sales displays. 

Monday
Jun252012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Buena Vista Street - Katz & Sons Watch Repair Mickey

Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street - Disney California Adventure Park

Buena Vista Street is a snapshot of historic Los Angeles, a monument to the era that welcomed Walt Disney to California in the 1920's. The Julius Katz & Sons repair shop is one of the nostalgic storefronts located along the newly rethemed Buena Vista Street

Watch Repair Display - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street - DCA

Inside Katz & Sons several mechanical repair displays have been introduced as theming. Examine the watch repair display cabinet behind the checkout counter, it contains magnifiers, period tools, watch parts and a classic Hidden Mickey.

Watch Repair Hidden Mickey - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street - DCA

Watch Repair Hidden Mickey - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street - DCA

Monday
Jun182012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Cars Land - Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

Extended Queue - Mater's Junkyard Jamboree - Cars Land - DCA

Hubcap Hidden Mickey - Mater's Junkyard Jamboree - Cars Land - DCA

There are new Hidden Mickeys all over Disney California Adventure Park's Cars Land. Head over to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree to find a Hidden Mickey made from three old hub caps. Found somehwere in the extended queue, the hub caps follow the proper proportions necessary for a Classic Hidden Mickey.

Monday
Jun112012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Cars Land

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Radiator Springs Racers - A pinstriped Hidden Mickey can be found on a tool box after leaving Luigi's tire shop


Radiator Springs Racers - A pinstriped Hidden Mickey can be found on a fuse box in Ramone's House of Body Art paint shopThese Hidden Mickeys are from Disney California Adventure Park's Cars Land, inspired by the world of Radiator Springs from Disney-Pixar's Cars (2006) & Cars 2 (2011) animated features. The pinstriped Hidden Mickeys are part of the thrilling Radiator Springs Racers attraction, which improves on technology from EPCOT's Test Track at the Walt Disney World Resort.

During each trip, riders will only be able to see one of the two Hidden Mickeys. As each racecar enters Radiator Springs, Lightning McQueen and Sally decide whether that car needs new tires or a new paint job. Paths will be chosen randomly. As the road forks, riders will be taken through either Guido's Casa Della Tires or Ramone's House of Body Art paint shop.