Historical Photomerge: Hollywood Studios Series Part 3

The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the original Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood

The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and its architectural influence; the original Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood California. The archival portion of this image (photo of a postcard) was provided courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California; image has been altered from the original.

Each Walt Disney World park has focal point when you enter. Walt called this a “weenie.”

“What you need is a weenie, which says to people ‘come this way.’ People won’t go down a long corridor unless there’s something promising at the end. You have to have something the beckons them to ‘walk this way.'” – Walt Disney

The Magic Kingdom has Cinderella Castle. EPCOT has Spaceship Earth. Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life. Hollywood Studios has a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. Grauman’s (today known as the TCL Chinese Theater) was built in 1927 and is famous for celebrity hand and footprints in the courtyard cement. Disney’s version houses The Great Movie Ride which is a perfect fit for a park that is “the Hollywood that never was and always will be.”

Historical Photomerge Process

This is the only full scale, exact replica of Hollywood architecture in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That should have made the historical photomerge process a breeze. What I forgot was the proximity of the 122 foot tall Sorcerer Mickey hat built in 2001 to commemorate 100 years of magic since Walt’s birth. There is no way to capture the entire theater facade in one photo. So I took multiple photos from the same straight-ahead vantage point while walking back and forth. I knew I would have to piece together several photos and do quite a few perspective adjustments. The final result is thought provoking, juxtaposing modern crowds and ride marquees with vintage cars and architecture.

Sources / Learn More

Click links below to see more of the Hollywood Studios Series and to learn more about the original architecture. Be sure to visit the Disney Parks website to plan your next vacation so you can experience all the creative imagineering firsthand.


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