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    Question Hollywoodland

    Hey guys I was just reading up on Disneyland facts when on Wiki I found this on the Rogar Rabbite ride page
    "Roger Rabbit was even set to be the star of his own land, behind Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, called Hollywoodland"
    Does anyone have any other infomation on Hollywoodland or is this just a fake fact?

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    Re: Hollywoodland

    you really cannot trust Wiki at all.
    but maybe that was the inspiration for Hollywood Pictures Backlot for DCA. minus roger.

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    Re: Hollywoodland

    Sounds very suspicious - but you have to take everything in Wikipedia with a grain of salt, it's too easy to label rumor or fabrication as fact and stick it in a listing.

    The original plan for the area between Main Street East and Space Mountain (and the Old Administration Building with the Primeval World Diorama and the train tracks) was on the original 1955 Park Plans to be developed as "Edison Square".

    But since they use that area for the parade staging (they park the parade units in there and turn it around for the return run later) and other Backstage uses like trashbins and service vehicles, it has never happened.

    Go look at Google Earth, and it's all there in it's glory - Start at the placemarks for Space Mountain and the Inn Between, and it's south of there.

    Someone might have proposed that area for a "Hollywoodland" area briefly - I'd say it lasted all of fifteen minutes... But then cooler heads prevailed, and the Park managers convinced Imagineering they couldn't lose the parade staging space.

    So instead they carved out some space from tbe Backstage areas at the north end of the park, made a tunnel under the DLRR train tracks, and built Toontown where it is now - which has roughly triple the space that the "Edison Square" area would have allowed for.

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    No, there was an announcement for Hollywoodland that was to be part of the "Disney Decade". Dick Tracy Crimestoppers was to be an attraction, as well as a Baby Herman runaway baby-buggy experience.

    I always felt that "Hollywoodland" should have been the name used for the Hollywood section of D.C.A. "Hollywood Pictures Backlot" does not work for me at all.

    Hollywoodland at Disneyland would have probably been located where Mickey's Toontown is today. I don't think there were ever plans to place it on the backside of Main Street, U.S.A.

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    Re: Hollywoodland

    Yes there were...the railroad was to pass through one of the showbuildings and the back of SM was to be the "Hollywood Hills".

    These were real plans.

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    Re: Hollywoodland

    Wasn't that part originally supposed to be Adventureland?
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    Re: Hollywoodland

    I recall Jim Hill mentioning something similar to Hollywoodland,
    but it was for Disney MGM Studios at WDW. I haven't heard
    of any further expansion of Toontown.

    One of the possible attractions was to have been a ride
    thru toontown, with what became the "Spiderman ride"
    technology. Imagine Universal's Spiderman ride, only with
    Roger Rabbit as the star.

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    Re: Hollywoodland

    Holleywoodland was a realitor company.

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    Re: Hollywoodland

    Quote Originally Posted by barfownz View Post
    Holleywoodland was a realitor company.
    Yes, in fact the famous Hollywood sign originally said "Hollywoodland". In 1949, the last 4 letters were removed.
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    Re: Hollywoodland

    Quote Originally Posted by barfownz View Post
    Holleywoodland was a realitor company.
    It was also the name of a recent book and movie about the death of 50's television's Superman...actor George Reeves. Which coincidently had a few Disneyland references in it including one of the first scenes in the movie, where mention is made of the old Indian Village at Disneyland. So someone in the writing department either knew enough about the era to know about that...or grew up during that period and had first-hand knowledge themselves.


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