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Monday
Aug132012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Buena Vista Street - Julius Katz & Sons - Window Display Mickeys

Over the past five years, the folks from Imagineering have outdone themselves revamping the Disney California Adventure Park. In addition to creating a new land and new attractions, Imagineers pulled from Walt Disney's past to give DCA's main thoroughfare a distinctively Disney feel.

Carthay Circle Theater Cosntruction - Disney California Adventure Park - April 2011The Carthay Circle Theater - Disney California Adventure Park - March 2012

Using Walt Disney's journey to 1920's Los Angeles as a template, WDI created a California Adventure counterpart to Disneyland's Main Street. Although Disney died in 1966, Buena Vista Street feels magical, as if it were finished with Walt's personal touch. After recreating iconic landmark's from Hollywood's past, Imagineering completed the illusion, by staging Buena Vista Street with dozens of historic Disney Details and a few Hidden Mickeys.


Julis Katz & Sons Storefront - Buena Vista Street - DCA

The only repair shop on Buena Vista Street, Julius Katz & Sons features radios, cameras, watches, televisions and other mechanical items from the 1920's & 30's. The items on display in the Katz & Sons front window, include a vintage television set featuring a Classic Mickey test screen and several Mickey-shaped antique locks.

Test Screen Hidden Mickey on a 1920's-era television - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street

Test cards or test patterns were used calibrate early televisions and broadcast cameras. In an era when stations did not have programming to broadcast twety-four hours a day, test patterns also let viewers know that they were receiving signals (but no programming) from a specific broadcast station. In a nod to television's infancy, Imagineer's staged the window with a six-inch wide television screen, state of the art for the late 1920's.

Classic Mickey shaped antique locks in a display window - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street

The pair Mickey-shaped antique locks are on display, hanging in a case above the television set. Imagineers understand that Disney is in the Details, so decorating choices are usually conscious ones. Mickey-shaped items are often used as Hidden Mickeys, especially antique locks, cameras with unusually shaped lenses and double alarms with bells as Mickey ears.

 

Saturday
Aug112012

Hidden Disney Details - DCA's Red Car Trolleys

In 1901, real estate mogul Henry Hunington purchased several small Southern California transportation providers and consolidated them into the Pacific Electric Railway. He boosted ridership by extending the light rail routes throughout Los Angeles County and into the adjacent Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties. Under Hunington's leadership, all of the Pacific Electric's urban cars were painted red, leading to the iconic Red Car nickname.

At its height, more than 900 Pacific Electric cars served approximately 100 million passengers a year. Although the light rail system enjoyed its busiest year in 1944, the advent of the automobile led to a steep decline in ridership post World War II. The icon's luster finally faded on April 8, 1961, as the Red Car Trolley made its last trip on the line connecting Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A Red Car takes passengers from Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land.When Walt Disney moved to Hollywood in August of 1923, he would have seen dozens of the Southland's iconic Red Car Trolleys. Before the evolution of Southern California's freeway age, Red Cars were a transportation fixture. From 1901 to 1961, the electric Red Car system covered more than 1,000 miles of track throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring counties. Inspired by the Red Cars of the 1920's and 30's, Disney's Imagineers paid homage to the past by installing a trolley line between Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land.

Passengers board Red Car Trolley #623 in Hollywood Land.

Buena Vista Street's Red Car Trolleys are based on the light electric rail cars operated by the Pacific Electric Railway in urban areas like Hollywood. DCA's Red Car Trolley #623 is patterned after the St. Louis Car Company's 600-series of trolleys that were comissioned by the Pacific Electric Railway in 1922 & '23.

The 23 in #623 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 decided move to California. The great storyteller traveled to Hollywood, determined to try his luck making films.

Red Car #717 on DCA's Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley #717 is a direct tribute to July 17, 1955, Disneyland's Opening Day. The numbering for 717 is also inspired by the trolley's type, since it is patterned after the St. Louis Car Company's 700-series of trolleys, used in city areas by the Pacific Electric Railway in the mid 1920's to 30's.

In recent years, high gas prices and heavy auto traffic have led to a resurgence in public transit. Several of L.A.'s current Metro Rail lines even follow historic Red Car routes. To acknowledge its transportation history, the Port of Los Angeles operates a restored 1.5-mile trolley route called the Waterfront Red Car Line.

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.

Monday
Sep192011

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº

Vintage Mickey Plush - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney California Adventure

Monday
Aug082011

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº

Ariel's Undersea Adventure - Mural Hidden Mickey, Paradise Pier, Disney California Adventure