Hollywood Pictures Backlot Elephants

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Published on March 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm with 6 Comments

A pair of pachyderms is precariously perched atop pillars on polychromatic pedestals. Passages for pedestrians perforate those pedestals. The portal promises picture production.

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  1. Again, I can’t thank you enough for all the photos of DCA 1.0, a park that I never bothered taking photos of. Those elephants looked like they were out of the movie “Aliens.”

    DCA elements were overshadowed by two nearby malls after it opened. The better elephants at Hollywood & Highland and The Grove that had the streetcar that DCA originally said was too cost prohibitive to build(but added with DCA 2.0).

  2. Great Article Werner

    Despite they provided a transition, they did not fit in with the hodgepodge of items. gald they are gone, but the remaining structures need to be removed, as they still look like leftovers from the old park. maybe when phase two of the project gets under way, then they could be removed.

    Thanks Again Werner

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  3. When I visited last summer I was overwhelmingly impressed with what Disney had done to revitilize DCA, however, Hollywood Land feels distinctly like they ran of out time and/or budget. The pedestels serve their purpose for now to indicate that you’ve transitioned from Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land, but I do hope that when Disney finally gets around to finishing Hollywood Land they come up with a more interesting and thematically appropriate transition.

    • This is a very interesting comment. Thank you.

      I agree that Hollywoodland feels incomplete. Especially with the wonderful Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle just around the corner. But I think all they’ve had time/money to do so far is some minor placemaking. There is another phase which should address the false facades and Hyperion Theatre Lobby. I’d be thrilled to see an attraction go into the old Hollywood and Dine building as well. We shall have to wait and see.

  4. DCA was out of touch with what kids love and what the child within adults love. It was sad that they thought that elephants were attractive or interesting. The pedestals are still ugly and are not really working to differentiate the area. I believe that Walt was right when he made small portals which reveal the land when the guest walks through. That is real magic.

  5. Nice Article, I miss some of the older elements of DCA, (but then again, I went to the park before it opened to the park.)

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