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Garland on Hollywood Boulevard

This week's entry is a little different than the usual entry for this column. Usually, I explain why something is in Disney's Hollywood Studios but this week, I'm going to explain why something is not in the Studios.

If you had visited the Studios prior to 2008 during the holidays, you might recall the Christmas look of the park being slightly different than it is today. Yes, it was called the DIsney-MGM Studios back then still, not the name change doesn't have anything to do with it.  You may recall while walking down Hollywood Boulevard during the Christmas season seeing the street decorated a whole lot differently than it is today.

Prior to 2008, Hollywood Boulevard would be decorated with garland, bells and stars strewn across the street.  It gave the entrance to the park that sort of holiday feel we would expect, which was also in line with the sort of decorations one would have found in Hollywood back in the 1940s.

So why have these decorations not returned since 2007?  The answer has nothing to do with budget or cut backs or anything like that.  The reason why the decorations aren't there is because Mike Wazowski is to blame.

When Block Party Bash was brought to Disney's Hollywood Studios, the floats were much taller than any other parade float the Studios has prior to that.  Some of the floats, like the Monsters Inc float, were so tall that they would have hit the garland as the floats passed by, so as a result, the garland decorations have not been put back up since.

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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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