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Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

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  • Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

    This article presents six buildings at the Disney's California Adventure Park and the corresponding Los Angeles area buildings that inspired them.

    Please discuss it here.
    Last edited by Werner Weiss; 01-10-2008, 10:53 PM.
    Werner Weiss
    Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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    Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

    Great Part 1, Werner. I look forward to next week's Part 2.

    I never really knew what building the facades in DCA's Backlot came from. The facade for Playhouse Disney makes sense for what originally occupied that space - the ABC Soap Opera Bistro. Pairing up the former ABC Radio/Studios building with the ABC Soap Opera restaurant in DCA was a nice touch. Too bad it didn't last long.
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 01-11-2008, 06:25 PM.

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      Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

      These are great articles! I love seeing the comparisons and histories. Looking forward to the continuation next week.

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        Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

        I love this thread! My mom used to make hats at the Bullocks Wilshire!
        I want my cake back!
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          Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

          I really enjoyed this article, and I can't wait for part 2.

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            Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

            Very cool thanks


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              Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

              I really enjoyed this article Werner, can't wait for part 2.
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                Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

                Nice article as usual. I was really interested in the restrooms which I know are inspired by a Frank LLoyd Wright textile block house. I had been a little curious as to which house that is but I hadn't tried to look it up myself. Hopefully that will be featured in the next update...
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                  Re: Jan. 11, 2008: Real Buildings that Inspired Disney's California Adventure, Part 1

                  Originally posted by Uncle Bob View Post
                  I was really interested in the restrooms which I know are inspired by a Frank LLoyd Wright textile block house. I had been a little curious as to which house that is but I hadn't tried to look it up myself. Hopefully that will be featured in the next update...
                  Uncle Bob,

                  Alas, Part 2 on Friday, January 18, won't have anything about the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bathrooms. As you noted, they're clearly based on Frank Lloyd Wright's textile block houses of the 1920s.

                  However, as far as I can tell, the Imagineers designed the bathrooms bathrooms in the style of the textile block houses, but not patterned after any one single house.

                  When I first visited Disney's California Adventure in 2001, I had to smile when I saw the Frank Wright Lloyd bathrooms. This is a very clever product of Imagineering. There's nothing like it at the Studios park in Florida.



                  This is one exterior I hope they don't change as part of the billion dollar upgrade to Disney's California Adventure.
                  Werner Weiss
                  Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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