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Oscar's Super Service

As you enter Disney's Hollywood Studios, on the right side of entry plaza is a gas station from a bygone era of fast and timely service for your automobile when you would arrive at a gas station to fill up for gas.  Oscar's Super Service is not only about how things used to be, but also a reference to the culture of California in that time period.

Oscar's Super Service is in Hollywood Studios because it's a reference to the car culture that was established in California and still thrives to this day. Gas stations back then were full-service gas stations with attendants that washed the car windows and filled up the tank.  When the Studios first opened, there used to be a 1947 Buick parked along side the station.  The Buick is no longer here, but the Oscar's Tow Truck remains as a testament to the time. In addition, you find a vintage billboard on top of the service bay

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The tow truck out front features a 1940's wrecker with the phone number (KLondike 5320), which is similar to numbers beginning with 555, is a reference to the days of plug-board phone exchanges, where the exchanges were typically named with a name whose first two letters translated to the digits of the exchange's prefix on a common telephone dial.  In addition, the wrecker features a slogan for Oscar's that ties things back to the Studios of "We tow the stars!".

The Buick is gone (removed to make more room for guests) and the gas station doesn't pump any gas, but it does serve as the home for your stroller, wheelchair and locker rentals.  Oscar's is a testament to a period of time and a culture that persists to this day.

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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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