DCA Then & Now, Part 6: Hollywood Land

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Published on January 02, 2014 at 8:37 pm with 7 Comments

This is part 6 of Yesterland’s DCA “then and now” series comparing the same spots in 2002 and 2013. Originally, it was the Hollywood Pictures Backlot at Disney’s California Adventure. Now it’s Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure.

 

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  1. Thank you, Werner, and Happy New Year! Just wondering what you think about the big square arches that still remain in front of the Carthay and Elias Dept. Store. Removing the elephants and the gaudy paint job are all well and good, but the blocky, ugly sidewalk entrances to Hollywood Boulevard are jarring and unsightly. I’d rather see then completely eliminated, unless an aesthetically pleasing replacement can be designed.

    • The two pedestals, which formerly held the columns with the elephants, provide a demarcation point between fully-finished Buena Vista Street and still-sort-of-a-backlot-street Hollywood Blvd. Presumably, the pedestals could also be used for special events or to hold seasonal decorations. That being said, the pedestals do nothing to make Buena Vista Street or Hollywood Blvd. real and inviting. My guess is that the pedestals will go away when Hollywood Blvd. gets a complete renovation to eliminate the remaining “backlot” features.

  2. I’m glad that you pointed out the out of place umbrellas. All these umbrellas that outdoor vending has been placing around the resort really bother me mostly because they do not fit the area or the CM’s don’t take care in placing them a way so they don’t interfere with the surrounding area.

    A very simple solution for the umbrellas on Hollywood in front of the market you pointed at would have been small trees along the sidewalk. When they had sidewalks broken up for the addition of the street lights they could have easily prepped it up for trees as shown in the concept art.

    I live the palms along the street but smaller shade trees along the sidewalk between the palms would have really added a whole new layer with little effort

  3. While the Hollywood Land section of DCA seems to be the area of the park that has remained most like its original self, it’s fascinating to see how it’s changed over the years. It was arguably the best-themed part of the original DCA — feeling quite a bit like DHS — but now, even with the changes that have been made, it’s the neglected step-child of the park.

    The one part I really like, even if it looks out-of-place, is the Animation building. It’s the most interesting structure in the land, even if what’s inside is mostly lame…

  4. Werner, I think your ‘perspective’ is too critical. The updates appear to me to be simple, cleaner, and pleasing. I imagine they will address the lack of continuity in Hollywood after assessing what worked and what didn’t in the Carsland build. Unfortunately, the suits rather than the Imagineers rule what gets done first and at what cost.

    • As I wrote in the article, “Hollywood Blvd. at Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land has improved in recent years, but it needs more attention.” I think it will get that attention one of these fiscal years. There’s a lot of wonderful design work in the facades of Hollywood Blvd.

  5. I love how you peg Hollywood Blvd a continuation now of BVS. I feel like that, too. It just makes a natural progression when you turn left from BVS, all the way to ToT. If only the backlot area could get some attention. As soon as you walk towards Muppets or Monsters, it feels like you cross over into a different, very generic park.

    One thing you didn’t note–the clouds on the Hollywood Blvd backdrop. They’re much better now. They used to look very cartoonlike–flat and one dimensional. Now they have a more interesting design, with shadow on the bottom and brighter on the top to make it look more like the sun is shining on them from above. I think it makes a big difference.