This week's edition of this column goes to something I think many guests to the Studios know about, but nonetheless, it bears mentioning as it's a classic example of Disney Imagineers paying homage to a Disney film. When the Disney-MGM Studios opened in 1989, there were quite a bit "Who framed Roger Rabbit?" references in the park since the film was a major hit around that time and Disney is never one to miss an opportunity to cash in on it. Above the entrance to the Hollywood & Vine restaurant is a window offering the services of a private investigator along with the silouette of someone going through another window.
Starting with the office, Eddie Valiant is the name of Bob Haskin's character, Eddie, from the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". The story for the character is that Eddie is a private investigator and Imagineers created an office for the character that would look like his real office window. Along side Valiant's office is the sort of entrance that Roger Rabbit liked to make throughout the film, namely going through a window or wall and leaving the silouette of him in whatever he went through in typical cartoon style. Both of these windows have been around since the park opened so the next time you walk by the Echo Lake area, take a look up to spot this classic reference.