• 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.

Length of Hollywood Boulevard

Yesterday I was listening to a fun episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish with Jim Hill podcast that was all about Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Host Len Testa and  super-Disney know-it-all Jim Hill spent over an hour going over the history and interesting backstories of the origins of the Studios and there was one tidbit of information that I wanted to share with you all.

When Imagineers were planning the Disney-MGM Studios, they were coming off a recently completed Epcot park that was, well, enormous.  Epcot is a giant park and dwarfs the Magic Kingdom in terms of sheer size.  While that immense space has its benefits, Imagineers wanted to create something smaller and more manageable for Walt Disney World's third theme park.

Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering Bob Weiss had heard a lot of the complaints about the size of Epcot, so they addressed it by going back to the Disneyland roots.  Bob figured out the length of Main Street USA in Disneyland from underneath the train station to Sleeping Beauty's castle and made that the distance at the Disney-MGM Studios from the turnstiles to the Great Movie Ride.

In fact, the scale of the buildings at the Studios is the same scale as the buildings on Main Street USA in Disneyland.  All of this was a reaction to what happened in Epcot and the complaints Disney received from it.

I encourage all of you to check out Len and Jim's podcast and enjoy this and other fun tidbits (and be sure to complain to Len that he needs more time in the Studios!).

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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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