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.