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One area of Hollywood Studios that many guests always look at during their trip is the Tip Board at Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards where you can find a listing of updated wait times for attractions throughout the park.  What many guests overlook when they're trying to figure out how long the wait is at Toy Story Midway Mania, is the fountain just in front of the tip board and it isn't just some random piece of decoration.  It has a story and a connection to the Hollywood of the past.

The fountain in front of the tip board is actually a miniature replica of the Mulholland Fountain, which is located in Los Angeles at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard. The original fountain, designed by Walter S. Clayberg,  was built to honor William Mulholland, who became the head of the Los Angeles Bureau of Water Works & Supply when city leaders realized there was a water problem and that Los Angeles would not be able to grow much more without additional water resources.  Mulholland worked on a plan to redirect water from the Owens River in the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and that plan resulted in the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which is one of the great engineering wonders of the world.  Because of Mulholland's efforts, the city of Los Angeles was able to flourish.

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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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