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Play on words

You will find in this column a lot of explanations behind the story of buildings, signs, attractions or stores but today's article is a little more superficial.  While many aspects of Hollywood Studios have deep rooted stories behind them, sometimes you will find something in the Studios that are simply play on words by Imagineers.  Basically, they needed a name and thought of a clever title that would make sense for the subject in question while alluding to an aspect of the overarching theme of the park.  Here are just a few of them.

Toluca Legs refers to Toluca Lake, a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California.

Mickey's of Hollywood store on Hollywood Boulevard is a spoof of Fredericks of Hollywood - the famous lingerie store. The merchandise at Mickey's is a bit different though.

Hollywood Scoops, an ice cream shop, alludes to getting a "scoop" or getting an exclusive or first opportunity to report a big news item, and in Hollywood, there's always a news story scoop to be found.

Our last play on words is the Cover Story store on Hollywood Boulevard.  This actually used to be more of a play on words than it is today.  Years ago, you used to be able to go into Cover Story to get a photo of you on the cover of a magazine, which would make sense given the name of the store which alludes to the term "cover story" being that of the major story in a magazine that is advertised prominently on the cover of the magazine.

There are other play on words in Hollywood Studios to be found and in time, we will cover those as well!

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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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