As I sifted through pictures earlier in search of one to post, I happened upon this shot of the Award Wieners counter service restaurant in Hollywood Land. I knew this was it, fitting the bill perfectly with the Academy Awards this evening. I’ve never eaten at Award Wieners so I can’t really say who the award should go to for best one. From the looks of the menu, the first thing I’d order would be a Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale. They are my favorite brewery, so I award them.
Picture, if you will, a hotel lobby. A hotel which, in fact, once reigned as the star of Hollywood. In the lobby is an elevator with a sign which reads, “Out of Service”, and those days of stardom have long since faded. The hour is late. The only choice now is a service elevator, the entrance to which is located in the boiler room. But these passengers aren’t headed to the upper floors. They’re en route to… The Twilight Zone. (Of course, this is only properly read with your very best Rod Serling voice.)
It’s amazing to think of all the wonders that the Walt Disney Studios has provided over the years and it’s difficult to imagine what a world without them would look like. I love this homage to the Studios in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. It’s one of those things I can’t pass by without taking a moment to look.
Now that the 1920s have taken over DCA, it seems only fitting to have the Red Car Trolley escorting passengers from Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land. It was during the 1920s in Los Angeles that the Red Cars reached their peak in popularity. Unfortunately the need for such transportation quickly died off as the demand for automobiles increased. Now, with the many freeways and traffic to accompany it, railways are making a comeback. I can’t help but feel a sense of irony and urge to consider how commonplace this is in everyday life. Perhaps we’re better suited taking a moment to value something before rushing off to replace it.
I really love wood textures, so when we stumbled upon this winding hallway in the Animation Building at DCA, I knew instantly that I wanted to photograph it. The pictures of some of Disney’s best animated characters are a great homage to the rich history of the Walt Disney Studios. Does anyone know what that glowing white light on the pillar is from? Anyone? Bueller?
The Disney Junior Queue is not something I spend time in, but I adore its art deco adornments. With the addition of the Carthay Theater, this little area has been beautified and made more interesting. I’m a sucker for all the Birds of Paradise.
Last night was the last night for Flynn’s Arcade at Disney California Adventure. I don’t often espouse my opinion on such things but I truly wish Flynn’s Arcade was sticking around. The awesome factor of this place is off the charts. For me it’s one of the rare cases I feel immersed as soon as I walk in. What might be a faux movie set to some quickly becomes reality. Admittedly, I am a Tron fan and I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The nostalgia of the games themselves, however, seems like it ought to be enough to warrant the space Flynn’s occupies. Perhaps I’m complaining prematurely; maybe there’s some grand scheme for Flynn’s to be reborn in another part of the Disneyland Resort. That would certainly make this present, rambling complaint null and void. I fear that’s likely not the case though. If you share my opinion, I bid you come bask with me in the warm neon glow, as we say adieu. Farewell Flynn’s.
I’m ashamed to say that I don’t spend anywhere near enough time in a Bug’s Land. Not only are there some great attractions, but the colors, textures and especially the bug’s eye view make this land special and unique. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that it is widely under appreciated. I guess it’s tough to be a Bug’s Land… I recently learned that a Bug’s Land is actually intended to be the lawn of The Hollywood Tower Hotel. That’s an amazing detail, right? It completely altered my perspective with a renewed sense of wonder and having that understanding led to what you see in the picture below. I hope you enjoy!