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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
Jul302012

Kingdom Hearts 3D - Dream Drop Distance - North American Release

On July 31, 2012, Square-Enix and Disney Interactive officially release Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance to keyblade fans in North America. Created for the Nintendo 3DS, Dream Drop Distance is the seventh installment in the wildly popular Kingdom Hearts series, which team Disney characters with heroes from Square-Enix's Final Fantasy RPG titles.

Sora and Riku return as the game's main characters, continuing the storyline set in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. The duo must prepare for the return of the Xenahort, as the heartless villain aims to re-establish Organization XIII. 

 

For Disney fans, Kingdom Hearts 3D will feature new worlds based on Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), and TRON: Legacy (2010). Mickey Mouse returns with Donald and Goofy, topping the long list of Disney characters who appear in the new game. Although Disney is prominently featured, Square-Enix has chosen to omit most of its Final Fantasy characters from Dream Drop Distance, with only one moogle appearing in the storyline.

Originally released in Japan on March 29, 2012, North Americans have had to wait several months for their regional release. However, Square-Enix presented glimpses of Kingdom Hearts 3D at E3 (June 5-7, 2012) and the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International (July 12-15).

Square-Enix presents Kingdom Hearts 3D at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con 

2012 San Diego Comic-Con - Square-Enix Kingdom Hearts 3D Demos 

To make up for the long wait, Square-Enix will offer North American gamers a chance to acquire special content exclusive to the region. Gameplay will be identical to earlier releases (from regions like Japan & Australia), but the limited edition Mark of Mastery set sold in North America, bundles the game along with featured artwork, a Kingdom Hearts Nintendo 3DS case and the ability to unlock bonus content, including special Dream Eaters.

Monday
May282012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº

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Hidden Mickey Hubcap's current location (2012)

Hubcap Hidden Mickey's previous location (2008)

With constant renovation, Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys often get removed or misplaced. Sometimes, the Hidden Mickeys simply get shuffled around. Within the past couple of years, the Mickey hubcap from the Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin loading area went from a place of prominence, to really hidden.

Monday
Jan302012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº

Mickey Mouse dressed up for the Lunar New Year (2008)!

Hidden Mickey photo from 2008, Celebrating the Year of the Mouse (Rat)!In honor of the Lunar New Year, here's a not-so Hidden Mickey, adding a decorative Disney touch to the annual Asian celebration. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon!

Monday
Sep192011

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº

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