“There’s no business like show-business…” and no one does show-business quite like Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Before you go racing off to Rockin’ Rollercoaster or Tower of Terror, take a few minutes to saunter down Hollywood Boulevard and delight in the details!
As you enter the park you will see a kiosk with a Mickey on top, (“the crossroads of the world”) Look closely and you’ll notice that Mickey’s ears are uneven, and he appears to be reaching for something, but what? The ear is copper and serves as a grounding device and his outstretched hand is reaching for the lightning…yep…Mickey is a lightning rod!
The Hollywood Tower of Terror towers at 199 feet. Why not 200 feet? Federal Aviation Requirements insist that a red beacon be placed on the top of any structure 200 feet or taller. A blinking red light wouldn’t look right on the 1939 hotel, so the Imagineers made the building 199 feet.
In front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, keep your eyes on the ground…many celebrities have stopped to leave their handprints and autographs in stone. You know that saying, “set in stone”…well unfortunately for Charlton Heston, that saying holds true. Look closely at his autograph and you’ll see he left out the “l”, so set in stone his name reads “Charton Heston”.
Before you hit zero to sixty in 2.8 seconds (that’s nearly 5 g’s of force!), take a look at the license plate on the limos, no boring numeric plates here! These vanity plates read: UGOBABE, 1QKLIMIO, H8TFFC and 2FAST4U.
Every time you watch the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular you notice something different. The spikes that nearly spear Indiana Jones at every step of his way to the golden idol get me every time. How does indy keep the spikes from getting the best of him? There are actually foot pedals that trigger the release of the spikes, so he knows exactly when they’re going to pop up!
Before you hit your favorite attractions, take a stroll down the boulevard’s and appreciate all the details in the studios, but watch where you’re walking or you just might find yourself “in pictures”.
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