A few years ago I was trying to drive to someone's house in the L.A. area and I got lost and went a little too far on the I-5. I had to turn around and I saw an exit for Buena Vista street so I decided to wait a little bit so I could get off there and make a U-turn. Well, I start driving down Buena Vista street trying to find where the Disney Headquarters are and I couldn't find it, all I found was a hospital in the area so I turned around and quit. I just recently did a Google Maps search (thanks to the MiceChatter that brought that service to my attention) and did a search on the address for Disney and found I literally passed their HQ and didn't even realize it!
From what I gather from my trip and the satellite images, Disney's HQ is very small for a global multi-billion-dollar corporation. I guess I was expecting a HUGE skyscraper with Disney plastered all over it, but I just don't see how a company as big as Disney can fit in a single city block with some average sized buildings. I know they have ABC studios which is probably huge and Imagineering is located in Glendale, but is the animation and movie studios contained at 500 S Buena Vista Street or is that in another location? Is that location in Burbank truly where Disney runs every single unit and where everything takes place? It just seems way too small to run an empire of theme parks, movies, animation, toys, stores, a TV network, cruise line, and Internet sites.
I encourage any of you in the L.A. area to drive by it and see just how small and unassuming the headquarters of Disney really is. You compare the Time Warner building in New York to Disney in Burbank and there's no comparison whatsoever.