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Plaza Hotel Redux

Back in November of 2007, we featured an article about why the Plaza Hotel facade is on the Streets of America and we were right. However, there's more to the story than what was mentioned In the article, the facade is a dead replica of the famous New York City hotel, but there's more to why the Plaza Hotel was chosen than just picking out a famous landmark. It turns out that the Plaza Hotel is linked to a very early work in the Studios.

When the Disney-MGM Studios first started filiming movies in the Studios in the late 1980's, one of the first films to be filmed at the Disney-MGM Studios was a film called "Big Business", starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. In the film, both Tomlin and Midler play sisters and the sisters one night stay in the same hotel, which was the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City. Disney paid to have the set of the Plaza Hotel made for the film. But the story doesn't end there because the set was so expensive to make, Disney wanted to get more value out of the money it spent on the set so it used the set for the forgettable early 90's Touchstone Television/NBC series "The Nutt House". The series was a flop and cancelled after six episodes and so the interior sets were mothballed at the Studios while the facade remains today.

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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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