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Gas cover

We've had this column running now for a few years and each week we try to bring attention to something you may not have noticed before at Hollywood Studios but this week, we feature the mother of all these columns.  This week's entry is so important and has so much backstory to it that quite frankly, it will be tough to condense it all into one column.  Because this week's entry is so important, I must take take the time to dive deep into this week's entry.

We are talking about of the gas cover you can find on the Streets of America.  Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts. This is no ordinary gas cover. It once changed the course of a young man's life. A young man, who, like this lamp, was more than what he seemed. A diamond in the rough.  Of course, we're talking about Walt Disney and like many things in the Studios, pays homage to Disney's early's life who when he was a child growing up in Marceline, Missouri, was trying to hang a clock while standing on his toilet, but slipped and hit his head on the sink.  When he came to, he had the idea for Disneyland.

Even as a child, Walt was in love with the idea of a theme park where families could enjoy rides together and he began coming up with ideas for his new park and the first idea he had was when he was walking down the street and noticed a gas cover on the street and for some unknown reason, Walt focused on this cover and noticed there may be something there that wasn't there before.  He realized his park would need to have a tremendous amount of detail to it and the gas cover would be the perfect example of that.  By including such a mundane detail, it shows how much effort and thought goes into any Disney park.  And so, when the Disney-MGM Studios were built in 1989, this gas cover was included as a tribute to Walt's foresight and attention to detail.

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