RIGHT ON THE NOSE0100-71112 The Chinese Theater
This is a nice dawn post card of the Chinese theater at Disney MGM studios, so I guess you could say it does such a good job of capturing the feel of the early studios that it hits the feel of the studios at that time right on the nose. Maybe you could, but that's not quite where I am going with this. What I am actually referring to is Walt Disney Worlds largest hidden Mickey. What is a hidden Mickey you say, well according to Steven Barret Author of Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide To Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets http://www.theotherorlando.com/hidden-mickeys.html Here’s the definition of an official Hidden Mickey: a partial or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been hidden by Disney’s Imagineers and artists in the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas. These images are designed to blend into their surroundings. Sharp-eyed visitors have the fun of finding them. The practice probably started as an inside joke among the Imagineers (the designers and builders of Disney attractions). Then guests and "cast members" (Disney employees) started spotting them and the concept took on a life of its own. Today, Hidden Mickeys are anticipated in any new construction at Walt Disney World, and Hidden Mickey fans can't wait to find them. So when the studios were being planned for Florida in the mid 1980's it was right in the middle of the Hidden Mickey building boom. In planning the studios the Imagineers worked in the biggest Hidden Mickey of all. Unfortunately the intervening years have not been kind to this Hidden Mickey. It covered the area from the Chinese theater back to the beginning of where Sunset Boulevard now stands, in fact the addition of Sunset Boulevard was the beginning of the end for this Hidden Mickey. In the first few years the park was open Sunset Boulevard did not exist The Theater of the Stars (where Beauty and the Beast now plays) was also the name of the theater that stood in the location where the corner of Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards now meet. In that area changes in the color of the concrete marked the edges of what would be seen as Mickeys' ear if viewed from the air, Mickeys Mouth and eyes were similarly created by the differing color of concrete in the plaza in front of the Chinese Theater. With the creation of Sunset Boulevard the brightly colored concrete would have broken the reality of the new "street", in front of the theater you could say it fits in better, since in the real Hollywood after all you have the Walk of Fame. The remaining ear is still there, Echo Lake, the location of both Min and Bills dockside diner and Dinosaur Gerties Ice Cream of Extinction is Mickey remaining ear, on older guide maps of the park (before the addition of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat) you could see the Mickey by turning your park map upside down, of course one ear was missing for most of those years, but to make a matching Mickey all you had to do was buy a Mickey shaped Ice Cream bar and bite off one ear.
As far as my title for this piece "Right on the Nose" that refers to the flower planter at the center in the foreground of this post card, you see, that planter made up Mickey's nose (gee I hope he doesn't have allergies!)