• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame

Today's Why It's There column may actually be better described by some as "seriously, why is it there at all?" and we're talking about the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in Echo Lake.  We've all walked by it and some of us may have actually stopped for a minute to pose with a bust of Oprah, but many overlook this "attraction" but Imagineers included this in the park for a very good reason. 

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame was installed in 1993 to recognize the efforts of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, highlighting icons of television.  It features bronze busts of television legends that were selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Some of the busts featured include television legends, many of whom have a connection to the Walt Disney Company including Walt Disney, Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast & Bedknobs and Broomsticks), Dick Clark (ABC) and Barbara Walters (ABC).  You'll also find other TV stars like Bob Newhart, Betty White, Lucille Ball and Oprah Winfrey. 

 

So why is it here?  Imagineers added it to recognize the "real world legacy of the medium" that is in a theme park surrounded by larger-than-life imaginative environments.  Think of it as a means of grounding guests in a place where Hollywood is celebrated but often with out of this world situations.  Also keep in mind it's location when it was added in 1993 put it right next door to Superstar Television, an attraction that celebrated the television medium and showcased how our favorite TV shows were made.  It may not be the most popular attraction in Disney's Hollywood Studios, but it does serve a purpose of celebrating a medium that has become just as important as films.

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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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