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Sid Cahuenga's One-of-a-Kind

As you enter Hollywood Studios, there's a rather eccentric looking building on your left hand side named Sid Cahuenga's One-of-a-Kind.  Unlike the other art-deco buildings, this one looks completely out of place and is rather gaudy looking.  Inside, you will find lots of Hollywood props for you to buy from some famous films and television shows.  The theme for the building actually draws from a real person...yes, there really was a Sid Cahuenga and it all goes hand in hand as to why Imagineers picked this 1920s-style California bungalow that is home to a museum of Hollywood memorabilia for sale.

In the early 1900's Sid Cahuenga and his wife Rosie lived in Chicago. Sid was a big fan of the movies, so they decided to move out to L.A. and bought land there before Hollywood was Hollywood. They built there home and pretty soon Hollywood became a real movie hot spot. Buildings were going up everywhere and realtors were desparately trying to buy out Sid's property, which was very valuable. Sid of course refused and so new buildings, studios, and ships sprung up all around his house. Well, Sid got an idea: he went around L.A. to all of the studio lot's and bought anything that had been used in the movies. He then sold these famous items to tourists and collectors in L.A. right out of his home. And so that's why Sid's is in Disney's Hollywood Studios today, as a tribute to Sid's efforts and successes.

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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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