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December 5, 2011

Italy Pavilion - Part One of Two

The Italy Pavilion may be one of the smaller countries of World Showcase, yet it still packs a lot of charm and details into a little space. While the other nations present a mixture of architectural styles found within their borders, the Italy Pavilion is weighted more heavily toward Venice. It's not that this design is the most prevalent in Italy, but rather the most recognizable and associated with this peninsular nation.

Italy Pavilion

The founding of Venice is considered to have occurred at the stroke of noon on March 25, 421, with the dedication of its first church, San Giacomo. Today, the city sits on 117 small islands, connected by bridges and linked by canals.

All of the World Showcase nations cross the promenade and have features that extend to the water's edge, and the Italy Pavilion is no exception. Here, Isola del Lago (Isle of the Lake) was built to represent one of the islands of Venice. This island allowed the Imagineers to include a number of pedestrian bridges, a vital element if the essence of Venice is to be invoked.

Venetian Bridge

Venetian Bridge

Venetian Bridge

For centuries, the gondola was the primary mode of transportation within the city of Venice and during the 17th and 18th century, eight to ten thousand of these flat-bottomed boats plied the waterways here. Today, there are only around 400 and they serve mainly tourists. Contrary to popular belief, gondolas are propelled with oars and are not "poked" or "punted" as the water is too deep. At the Italy Pavilion, several of these imaginative vessels can be seen moored to barbershop-style poles near Isola del Lago.



At Tokyo DisneySea, gondola rides are available in the Mediterranean Harbor portion of the park. It's very interesting to hear the Japanese cast members sing "O Sole Mio" as they navigate the waterways.

Tokyo Disney Sea Gondola

Tokyo Disney Sea Gondoleer

Isola del Lago, which sits on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon, offers fantastic views of Illuminations each evening. But don't hold your breath to see the nightly spectacular from this spot. More often than not, this area is rented to private groups and access granted to invited guests only.

Isola del Lago

Isola del Lago

The entrance to the Italy Pavilion is marked by two massive columns. Atop the column on the right is Saint Theodore of Amasea slaying a dragon. Atop the column on the left is a winged lion. So why do these figures grace these pillars?

Saint Theodore shares a legend similar to that of Saint George. It seems there was a dragon (or crocodile) terrorizing the countryside around Amasea, a city in Northern Turkey. Saint Theodore was able to vanquish the beast with the aid of a cross and saved the city and its inhabitants.

Venice was originally part of the Eastern Roman Empire which was ruled from Constantinople. Since Saint Theodore carried strong ties with Eastern Christianity, he became the first patron saint of Venice. However, as the years progressed and Venice and its importance grew, the city wanted to distance itself from the east. In a display of independence in 828AD, two Venetian merchants stole the remains of Saint Mark from a tomb in Alexandria, Egypt and brought them back to the chapel of Doge. From that time forward, Saint Mark became the patron Saint of Venice.

Today in Venice, two columns can be found in the Piazzetta di San Marco. Atop the western column is Saint Theodore of Amasea and atop the eastern column is a winged lion, a beast closely associated with Saint Mark. Thus, both saints have been remembered. The winged lion has become the symbol of Venice

Following are three sets of two pictures. The first of each set was taken in Venice, the second taken in Epcot. Notice the magnificent job the Imagineers did at recreating these sculptures.

Venice Columns

Italy Pavilion Columns

Venice Column

Italy Pavilion Column

Venice Column

Italy Pavilion Column

Neighborhoods and towns all across Italy are built around piazzas. A piazza (or square) serves as a gathering spot where people can mingle over a cappuccino, stroll with a loved one, and people watch. The Italy Pavilion carries on this tradition and all of the buildings and structures face onto this communal hub. If only Disney would import a few pigeons, then the feel of Saint Mark's Square would be complete. On second thought, strike that idea. We don't need any pigeons at Walt Disney World.




In the middle of the piazza is a raised platform. This platform was designed with performances in mind. However, for a number of years now, this area has been abandoned and shows have been presented closer to the promenade.

Piazza Platform

When standing in the middle of the piazza, look around and notice the colors. A warm palette was used. Shades of pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows grace the buildings, pottery, and walkways. No other country, not even the areas of Greece and Spain which boarder the Mediterranean, duplicate these hues in quite the same way. These are the colors of Italy.

Colors of Italy

Colors of Italy

Colors of Italy

Colors of Italy

The two most prominent structures of the Italy Pavilion are Disney's duplication of the Doge's Palace and the accompanying 100-foot tall campanile. The Doge's Palace in Venice, as it stands today, was built between 1309 and 1424 and was influenced heavily by the Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture. The palace was the residence of the doge (magistrate), the supreme power of the Republic of Venice. Today the building serves as a museum.

At World Showcase, the Imagineers did a fantastic job of building a scaled down version of the Doge's Palace. In some cases, the details are identical and it would be difficult to tell the original from the copy. And in cases where features vary from the original, the flavor and style are so close that few would notice the differences.

Take a look at these pairs of pictures. The first is of the original palace in Venice and the second is that of the Italy Pavilion.

Venice Details

Italy Pavilion Details

Venice Details

Italy Pavilion Details

Venice Details

Italy Pavilion Details

Venice Details

Italy Pavilion Details

Venice Details

Italy Pavilion Details

Venice Details

Italy Pavilion Details

Campanile is an Italian word meaning "bell tower." The campanile which stands in Saint Mark's Square is 323 feet tall and 39 feet wide. The tower's initial construction began in the 9th century and it was used as a watchtower for the nearby dock. Over the centuries, the tower has been damaged several times due to fires and earthquakes. When the campanile was converted from a watchtower to a bell tower, five bells were installed, each with a designated purpose. The largest rang at the beginning and end of the workday, one rang at midday, another rang to summon members to council meetings, a fourth proclaimed a session of the Senate, and the last announced executions.

Once again, the Imagineers did an outstanding job of creating a duplicate for the Italy Pavilion as seen in the second picture.

Venice Campanile

Italy Pavilion Campanile

Atop the campanile is the Archangel Gabriel. This replica of the original is covered in gold. However, this was done for practical reasons as well as for beauty. Since gold does not tarnish, it is cheaper to use this precious metal rather than refurbish the angel on a regular basis. The castles at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom also use real gold on a number of their adornments.

Venice Archangel Gabriel

Italy Pavilion Archangel Gabriel

Those familiar with Saint Mark's Square may notice that Disney's version is a mirror image of the original. This was done for two reasons. First, the Imagineers did not want to simply duplicate the original, but rather give the World Showcase version a personality of its own. Secondly, if the structures had been placed in their "proper" position, the mass of the Doge's Palace and the nearby American Adventure created an imbalance. Placing the campanile between these two buildings created better symmetry when viewed from afar.

Venice St. Mark's Square

Italy Pavilion St. Mark's Square

At the far end of Disney's Doge's Palace is a carving of a grotesque face. In ancient times, faces like these could be found all over Venice. The citizenry could anonymously (probably in the dark of night) drop slips of paper into the open mouths of these faces and report their neighbors of wrongdoings or voice complaints about the government. The face at the Doge's Palace was specifically intended to be used to report financial crimes such as tax evasion. The first picture was taken at Doge's Palace, the second and third at World Showcase.

Venice Informant's Face

Italy Pavilion Informant's Face

Italy Pavilion Informant's Face

For those of you who thought this face was inspired by La Bocca della Verità (mouth of truth) as seen in the 1953 movie "Roman Holiday," sorry.

Roman Holiday

There are two shops within Disney's Doge's Palace. Il Belle Cristallo (The Beautiful Crystal) sells clothing, fine leather goods, and jewelry. In addition, the complete line of fragrances offered by Acqua di Parma is available here. Gentleman take note, there are four scents created especially for men. Sample swaths are on hand for all of the perfumes. The cast members in this section of the shop work for Acqua di Parma and are highly knowledgeable about the product. Since you're visiting Disney and not a department store, you will receive only information and not a high pressure sales pitch.

Il Belle Cristallo

Il Belle Cristallo

Il Belle Cristallo

Acqua di Parma

Acqua di Parma

In another section of Il Belle Cristallo, Prada offers a fragrance exclusive to Epcot and their New York store. Once again, the cast members in this section of the shop work for Prada and are more than happy to answer questions without encouraging you to buy.



La Gemma Elegante (The Elegant Gem) shop is located in the back half of the Doge's Palace. Here you'll be dazzled by an overwhelming display of Venetian masks, all of them for sale.

Venetian masks are believed to date back to 1163 when Doge Vitale Michieli was victorious over Ulrich II of Treven. To celebrate the event, a party, called Carnevale was given. At the celebration, all of the attendees donned masks to hide any form of identity between social classes. Eventually, the church incorporated the event into Christianity and the Carnival of Venice became an annual festival beginning forty days before Easter and ending on Martedì Grasso (Fat Tuesday). As time went on, Venetian masks found their way into local theater productions and characters' occupations and stations were identified by the mask they wore. In other cases, Venetian masks were used to help a person interact with members above or below their station, thus giving them an equal footing in transactions or encounters.

La Gemma Elegante

Venetian Masks

Venetian Masks

Venetian Masks

Venetian Masks

I think my favorite staircase in all of Walt Disney World can be found between the Doge's Palace and Tutto Italia Ristorante. These steps are not open to the public and I suspect that only storerooms and offices can be found on the second floor. Still, my mind conjures up wonderful treasures and discoveries if only Disney would allow me to climb to the top. Part of this has to do with my vivid imagination, but a lot of this has to do with the skill the Imagineers use to turn an everyday element into something magical. This style staircase and bridge is typical of what you might find in Verona.

Verona Stairway

That's it for Part One of the Italy Pavilion. Check back tomorrow for Part Two.

December 6, 2011

Italy Pavilion - Part Two of Two

Yesterday, I began my description of the Italy Pavilion. Today, I'll complete the tour.

L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante was the original (and only) restaurant at the Italy Pavilion for 25 years. It was operated by Alfredo's of Rome and was one of the most successful and profitable restaurants at Epcot. So it came as a surprise to many when their contract expired and it was not renewed. Disney rarely releases details in cases like these, which left speculation as to the "whys and wherefores" regarding the closure. L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante served its last meal on August 31, 2007.

L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante

Knowing that they would not be renewing the contract with Alfredo's, Disney announced in April, 2007 that the Patina Restaurant Group would be taking over the vacated space. It's interesting to note, the Patina Restaurant Group already sponsored three eateries at Disneyland's Downtown Disney. Although the restaurant at the Italy Pavilion never closed, the Patina Restaurant Group didn't hold their official opening until September 22, 2007, as it took them a couple of weeks to change signage and make other alterations. The new restaurant was named Tutto Italia, which translates to "All Italy".

Tutto Italia Exterior

Tutto Italia Exterior

Tutto Italia Exterior

As the name implies, the menu offers a variety of Italian cuisines from all over the country. Chef Joachim Splichal created the menu which includes such items as Risotto Ai Gamberi E Aragosta (Creamy Arborio Rice, lobster, shrimp, herbs, butter, parmesan cheese), Cannelloni al Forno (baked with spinach, ricotta, bechamel and parmesan cheese), and Brasato Di Manzo Al Vino Rosso (red wine braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, and vegetables).

The exterior and interior of Tutto Italia was based on the Florentine style of architecture and design, giving it an elegant and formal appearance. This sophistication is apparent as you enter the lobby. Rich carpeting and ornate furnishings transport you to a bygone age of pomp and ceremony. In the dining room, beautiful crystal chandeliers illuminate a large chamber of dark woods and vivid colors. But perhaps the most stunning feature of this room is the wall paintings. Called trompe l'"il (French for "deceive the eye"), this form of artistry uses extremely realistic imagery to create the illusion that the objects appear three dimensional. When creating the murals, the Imagineers duplicated the style of Paolo Veronese (1528 - 1588) a Venetian painter of the Renaissance.

Tutto Italia Interior

Tutto Italia Interior

Tutto Italia Interior

Tutto Italia Murals

Tutto Italia Murals

Outdoor seating is also available at Tutto Italia. When the weather is nice, it becomes a difficult choice to choose between the formal, indoor setting or the casual, sidewalk café atmosphere. Either way, you can't go wrong.

Tutto Italia Outdoor Seating

For many years, the Italy Pavilion had an unfinished look. A pleasant enough stone wall and cypress trees marked the back of the pavilion, but I always felt more could be and should be added beyond this barrier. Well it turns out I was right in my assessment. Original plans called for a gondola dark ride and a Roman ruins walk-through to be built at the back of the pavilion. I have no idea how far these concepts ever progressed, but you can rest assured it was a lack of funding that prevented these attractions.

Today, this unfinished look is gone as a new restaurant, Via Napoli, was built in the back portions of the Italy Pavilion. Officially opening on August 5, 2010, this eatery is also part of the Patina Restaurant Group which operates Tutto Italia. The architecture and design of the restaurant is based on a mix of traditional Italian styles. Florentine architect Stefano Nardini, working in conjunction with architect Rick Swisher, created a stunning building that employs the "draw concept" to lure guests to the far reaches of the pavilion.

Via Napoli Exterior

The interior of the restaurant is light, airy, and very spacious and the tables are spaced a good distance from one another. I like this as I hate to be seated so close to another party that I can overhear every word they say. Via Napoli features a show kitchen that invites guests to walk up and watch the chefs create their magic. Architect Nardini brought some whimsy to the kitchen by creating three wood-burning ovens and named them after the active volcanoes in Italy, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Mount Stromboli. Each oven was given a face reflecting the gods whose mythology surrounds each volcano's history. The long communal table in the center of the room was built in Florence and features hand painted tiles depicting iconic monuments in Italy.

Via Napoli Interior

Via Napoli Interior

Via Napoli Interior

Via Napoli can seat 250 inside and 50 on the outside, covered patio. When the restaurant first opened, the patio was open air. However, doors have been added that can be opened or closed depending on the weather.

Via Napoli Patio Seating

Via Napoli specializes in pizza. This is not like what you'd take home from Dominoes. This is gourmet, Neapolitan style pizza with toppings like calamari, artichoke, eggplant, prosciutto, and arugula. Of course, traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms are also available. In an effort to recreate Neapolitan pizza as closely as possible, the flour is imported from Italy and the water calibrated to match the pH found in Naples.


I was on hand for the grand opening of Via Napoli. If you'd like to read the blog I wrote at that time, click here.

I suspect that only Cinderella Castle is used more as a photo backdrop than the statue of Neptune at the Italy Pavilion. This fountain often has a line of people waiting to take their turn getting a picture with this Roman god in the background. The fountain is based on two sculptures, the original Neptune Fountain in Florence by Bartolomeo Ammannatin and Trevi Fountain located in Rome by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Italy Pavilion Neptune Fountain

Florence Neptune Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The Greeks called their "God of the Sea" Poseidon and he was usually accompanied by his trident and one or more dolphins, who were his messengers. When Rome adopted the Greek gods as their own, they often changed little more than their names. This statue is a good example depicting Neptune with his trident and two messenger dolphins.

Legend has it that if you toss a coin into Trevi Fountain, it will ensure a return visit to Rome. Perhaps a similar legend is true here and a return trip to Walt Disney World could be in your future. But remember, the legend also states that coins tossed in Trevi Fountain must be done with your back to the water and the coin tossed over your shoulder.

Next to the Neptune Fountain is a long, stone wall. Planted here are grape vines. This, of course, represents Italy's wine industry. Italy produces approximately one-fifth of the world's wine, making it the largest producer in the world. Italy cultivates grapes in virtually every region of the country and has thousands of vineyards. Italians also lead the world in wine consumption. Per capita, they drink 18½ gallons a year as compared to 6½ gallons in the U.S.

Grape Vines

In architecture, a capital is the decorative piece that sits atop a column and receives the weight placed upon it, broadening the column's supporting surface. In the Italy Pavilion, homage is paid to a variety of renaissance-style capitals.



Angels were a common theme in art during the Holy Roman Empire and no depiction of Italy would be complete without a statue of one of these spiritual beings. Here we see the Archangel Gabriel. An observant eye might notice that this angel is an exact copy of the one perched atop the campanile.

Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel

Completing our circle around the Italy Pavilion, we come to a building with a red tile roof. The structure is reminiscent of a market-square city hall found in Northern Italian communities like Tuscany or Bergamo in the 15th or 16th century. If you look closely, you can see the stucco has fallen from the walls in a number of places.

Market-Square Building

Market-Square Building

Market-Square Building

Market-Square Building

Missing Stucco

A Kidcot station can be found in this building's wing. Here, a cast member will be happy to stamp your child's Epcot Passport and teach him or her a few words in Italian.

Kidcot Station

In the front half of the main building is the Enoteca Castello (Castle Wine Cellar) shop. As you might guess, this spot carries a large selection of Italian red and white wines. Wine by the glass is also sold and there are plenty of tables and chairs outside to sit with friends and enjoy your vino.

Enoteca Castello

Enoteca Castello

Outdoor Seating

With the 2011 Food & Wine Festival, came two new vintages to this store. Sogno d'Italia (Dream of Italy) is bottled exclusively for Disney Parks by Placido and imported by Banfi Vintners.

The Chianti (red wine) is predominately made with the region's native Sangiovese grape and has a fresh and bright fruit character. The Pinot Grigio (white wine) has a fragrant bouquet, crisp fruit freshness, and lingering finish. If you want to buy your friends back home a unique Disney gift, this just might be the ticket.

Sogno d'Italia

Sogno d'Italia

In the back half of this building is La Bottega Italiana (The Italian Boutique). Here you'll find a potpourri of Italian goodies. Candies, cookies, pasta, olive oil, spices, cooking accessories, clothing, and a lot more can be found on the shelves here. This shop deserves more than just a cursory glance.

La Bottega Italiana

La Bottega Italiana

La Bottega Italiana

But I think my favorite item for sale at La Bottega Italiana is the hand-blown glass Mr. Potato Head inserts. These aren't your standard Hasbro pieces, but unique animal parts that are inserted into real potatoes or other vegetables.

Mr. Potato Head

Another site seen around the Italy Pavilion is the Sicilian cart and donkey. Ornately decorated carts like this one were introduced to Sicily by the ancient Greeks and reached their peak in popularity in the 1920's when thousands could be seen traversing the island. Horses were used primarily in urban areas where roads were readily available. Donkeys were used in the country where rough terrain was often encountered. The carts were used for hauling miscellaneous light loads, such as produce, wood, wine, and people. They were also put into service at weddings and festivals.

Donkey & Cart

Although the Italy Pavilion has no rides, it does have live performances. Currently, a juggler and comic known as Sergio and a zany group called the Ziti Sisters perform at various times each day. Performances are presented in front of the campanile, not on the raised platform found in the middle of the piazza. Check your Times Guide for more information.


Ziti Sisters

Do you know why Italians call Mickey Mouse, Topolino?


In 1932, Italian newspaper editor Mario Nerbini decided to create a new weekly for children with stories about Mickey Mouse. The first edition was published on December 31, 1932 and featured Mickey Mouse being chased by an elephant. Unfortunately, Nerbini had not properly secured the publication rights and Disney complained. So in subsequent editions, Nerbini changed the name of the weekly to Topo Lino (the little mouse) and swapped out Mickey with another mouse, also to be called Topo Lino. Eventually, Nerbini secured the rights to Mickey. With issue number 7, Mickey returned and the weekly's name was changed again, this time to Topolino (the space between Topo and Lino was removed). But by then, the damage was done and Mickey became known as Topolino in Italy.

In the Mediterranean Harbor section of Tokyo DisneySea, Topolino is honored with signage.

Tokyo Disney Sea Signage

That's it for my blog about the Italy Pavilion. As always, I have created a video for your pleasure. It is twelve minutes in length. Enjoy.

December 7, 2011

Katsura Grill Opens in Japan Pavilion

For the last three months, Yakitori House at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot has been ensconced behind plywood walls. The Imagineers had decided it was time for a change and this perennial favorite of many underwent a transformation.

First, the restaurant's name has changed. Yakitori in Japanese refers to grilled skewered food, more often than not, grilled chicken. However, this offering has not been on the menu in many years. This was often confusing to Japanese guests and those familiar with the term. So the restaurant is now called Katsura Grill.

The name "Katsura" comes from the Katsura Imperial Villa located outside of Kyoto. The gardens and architecture here are considered outstanding and of great cultural importance.

I was on hand today (December 7, 2011) for the grand opening of Katsura Grill and was the first customer to be served. The cast members and manager all welcomed and applauded me.

Katsura Grill

The building is basically like it was before, however, all of the rice paper (shoji screen) windows have been replaced with clear glass. This is great! The outside area is beautiful and now these vistas can be enjoyed from inside. The restaurant is much brighter than it had been. The furniture also has a more modern, clean look. A large table has been added in the middle of the dining room for big groups or communal seating.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

The ceiling remains the same with rough-hewn logs, however, a modern light fixture and colorful Japanese artwork have been added for a more contemporary touch.

Light Fixture



The ordering counter has also been redesigned. It is now more open and bright and features a single line for better crowd control.

Ordering Counter

For the most part, the seating outside remains the same, however, new red umbrellas and red upholstered stools have replaced the old white and blue color scheme. In addition, three tables have been added adjacent to the building.

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

The menu has been expanded slightly, but most of your old favorites are still here, like teriyaki beef and chicken, California rolls, and udon. Pictured below are the Shogun Combo (teriyaki beef and chicken, rice and vegetables) and the Tokyo Sushi Combo.

Shogun Combo

Tokyo Sushi Combo

Yakitori House has always been one of my favorite counter service restaurants and Katsura Grill will continue to rank among my preferred spots.

Another change has also come to the Japan Pavilion. For many years, a small gift shop, located across the walkway from the Mitsukoshi Department Store, sold Japanese souvenirs. Since much of this merchandise was a duplicate of what Mitsukoshi offered, this spot was converted to a beverage stand and now serves sake, beer, tea, plum wine, and soft drinks. This new stand is called Garden House.

Garden House

Garden House

In the months to come, I will be bringing you an in-depth article about the Japan Pavilion and more details about Garden House, Katsura Grill, and the rest of this wonderful World Showcase nation. Stay tuned.

December 12, 2011

All About Disney Addresses Quiz - Questions

Today's quiz is all about addresses and locales. I will provide you with a location (either real or fictitious) in one list and the corresponding people, character, or building that inhabits these locations in another list. Your job is to match them up. Some are easy. Some are difficult. Hopefully by using the process of elimination, you can figure them all out. So take out a piece of paper and make a column lettered A through Z. Then write the corresponding number next to each letter.

This quiz is strictly for your entertainment. There are no winners to be announced and no prizes to be awarded. The answers will appear in tomorrow's blog.

Have fun.

Addresses & Locales

A. 100 Acre Wood
B. 104 Hollywood Boulevard
C. 119 Main Street
D. 122 Main Street
E. 1313 S. Harbor Boulevard
F. 1540 Broadway
G. 17 Cherry Tree Lane
H. 221½ Baker Street
I. 35 Royal Street
J. 355 Carolwood Drive
K. 42 Wallaby Way
L. 428 Vine Street
M. 500 S. Buena Vista Street
N. 6151 Richmond Street
O. 880 Scenic Route U.S. 101
P. 888 South Colorado Boulevard
Q. P.O. Box 10,000
R. Rice Terrace Road
S. Rockettower Plaza
T. RFD #82
U. Somewhere along Route 66
V. Somewhere along U.S. 498
W. Starlight Room
X. The Tip-Top Club
Y. Tumbleweed
Z. Vulcania


1. 50's Prime Time Cafe
2. Anthony Fremont and his Orchestra
3. B. Jones
4. Banks Family
5. Basil
6. Blanche Devereaux
7. Blue Bayou Restaurant
8. Celebrity Sports Center
9. Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures
10. China Bowl Restaurant
11. Diane and Sharon
12. Disneyland
13. Doctor Philip Sherman
14. Emporium
15. Gold Dust Saloon
16. Kali River Rapids
17. Market House
18. Nautilus
19. Owl
20. Ramone's House of Body Art
21. Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind Antiques and Curios
22. Sonny Eclipse
23. The Flagship Disney Store
24. The Lunching Pad
25. Walt Disney Studios
26. Walt Disney World

December 13, 2011

All About Disney Addresses Quiz - Answers

Yesterday I provided you with a set of addresses and asked you to match the locations with the inhabitants. Here are the answers. By the way, I got the idea for this quiz while watching the movie "Mary Poppins" when it was mentioned that the Banks live at 17 Cherry Tree Lane.

(A) 100 Acre Wood - (19) Owl

100 Acre Wood is the fictional land created by A. A. Milne and is the home of Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, and Owl.

100 Acre Wood

(B) 104 Hollywood Boulevard - (21) Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind Antiques and Curios

"Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind Antiques and Curios" is located at 104 Hollywood Boulevard, Disney's Hollywood Studios.

So just who is Sid Cahuenga? Was he a real person?

The name "Cahuenga" comes from the Native American people who lived in the Los Angeles area before settlers arrived to the area.

The Cahuenga Pass (pronounced kəˈwɛŋɡa) is a mountain pass in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Hollywood Freeway (U.S. 101) and Cahuenga Boulevard connect the Los Angeles Basin with the San Fernando Valley via Cahuenga Pass.

The name Sid was probably chosen by the Imagineers to honor Sid Grauman, the builder of the Chinese Theater. Many actors would write, "To Sid," before etching their name in the wet cement of the theater's forecourt.

The building's architecture is reminiscent of the Craftsman style bungalow which was popular in Pasadena. The Craftsman style of architecture can also be seen at the entrance of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind Antiques and Curios

(C) 119 Main Street - (14) Emporium

119 Main Street, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World is the address of the Emporium's new addition. Note, you only get points for this question if you correctly designated the Magic Kingdom as opposed to Disneyland.


(D) 122 Main Street - (17) Market House

The Market House can be found at 122 Main Street, Disneyland. This is the spot to purchase coffee, snacks, and household goods. You can also enjoy a game of checkers while sitting next to a pot-bellied stove at this turn-of-the-century store. Note, you only get points for this question if you correctly designated Disneyland as opposed to the Magic Kingdom.

Market House

(E) 1313 S. Harbor Boulevard - (12) Disneyland

1313 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802, is Disneyland's street address. I guess unlucky 13 wasn't so unlucky after all.


(F) 1540 Broadway - (23) The Flagship Disney Store

1540 Broadway, NY, NY, is the address of the Disney Store located on Times Square. It opened in the autumn of 2010 in a building formerly occupied by Virgin Megastore.

The Disney Store

(G) 17 Cherry Tree Land - (4) Banks Family

The Banks family lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London and consists of George, Winifred, and children Jane and Michael. They are visited by Mary Poppins who helps them see that a little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down. Disney's movie "Mary Poppins" opened on August 27, 1964. The profits from the film enabled Walt to greatly expand his studio.

17 Cherry Tree Lane

(H) 221½ Baker Street - (5) Basil

221½ Baker Street is the home of Basil, a crime solving mouse with a Sherlock Holmes persona. The character was created by Eve Titus in her "Basil of Baker Street" book series. Disney's film "The Great Mouse Detective" recounts one of Basil's adventures. The movie opened July 2, 1986.

221½ Baker Street

(I) 35 Royal Street - (7) Blue Bayou Restaurant

The Blue Bayou Restaurant can be found at 35 Royal Street, New Orleans Square, Disneyland. This restaurant is located inside the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction and recreates the lanai of a southern plantation. It opened on March 18, 1967. A Blue Bayou Restaurant also can be found at Tokyo Disneyland, however, its address is 29 Royal Street.

Blue Bayou Restaurant

(J) 355 Carolwood Drive - (11) Diane and Sharon

Diane and Sharon are the daughters of Walt and Lillian Disney. They grew up at 355 Carolwood Drive, Los Angeles (Holmby Hills), CA. Walt lived in this home until his death on December 15, 1966.

Walt's House

(K) 42 Wallaby Way - (13) Doctor Philip Sherman

Doctor Philip Sherman practices dentistry at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, Australia. Dory and Marlin travel to his office to find Nemo.

Doctor Philip Sherman

(L) 428 Vine Street - (1) 50's Prime Time Cafe

50's Prime Time Café is located on 428 Vine Street, Disney's Hollywood Studios. This restaurant is a favorite of baby-boomers who can relive their childhood as "mom" and "dad" transport diners to a simpler time.

50's Prime Time Café

(M) 500 S. Buena Vista Street - (25) Walt Disney Studios

The Walt Disney Studios are located at 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA and house offices for each of the company's divisions as well as movie production facilities. A major thoroughfare at Walt Disney World is Buena Vista Drive. This was the Florida planner's way of giving a nod to their roots in California.

Walt Disney Studios

(N) 6151 Richmond Street - (6) Blanche Devereaux

6151 Richmond Street, Miami is the home of Blanche Devereaux (owner) and her three roommates, Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, and Sophia Petrillo on the long-running sitcom, "The Golden Girls." The show ran for seven years and was produced by Touchstone Television, a production company of The Walt Disney Studios. Exterior shots during the first season were of a real home located in Brentwood, California. A copy of the home's exterior was built at the Disney/MGM Studios and was used in subsequent years.

Golden Girls House

(O) 880 Scenic Route U.S. 101 - (10) China Bowl Restaurant

In the San Francisco section of the "Streets of America" at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a small eatery called China Bowl Restaurant (façade only). The address is 880 Scenic Route U.S. 101. U.S. 101 does travel thru San Francisco via city streets (Van Ness and Lombard) before reaching the Golden Gate Bridge.

China Bowl Restaurant

Street Sign

The "49" sign (see picture above) refers to the 49-Mile Scenic Drive. It is not a highway number. The "49-Mile Drive" as it is known, traverses San Francisco and highlights many of the city's attractions, sights, and historic structures. Sign markers indicate the way. The first picture below is Disney's version of the sign. The second is a picture of an actual marker.

49-Mile Scenic Marker

49-Mile Scenic Marker

(P) 888 South Colorado Boulevard - (8) Celebrity Sports Center

Celebrity Sports Center is located at 888 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale, Colorado. This facility was a family-oriented complex that featured bowling, swimming, and other indoor sports related activities. It operated for 34 years between 1960 and 1994. The original investors included Walt and Roy Disney, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, George Burns, Charles Laughton, Burl Ives, Art Linkletter, John Payne, Spike Jones and Jim and Marion Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly). Disney often used this facility to train managers destined for WDW.

Celebrity Sports Center

(Q) P.O. Box 10,000 - (26) Walt Disney World

P.O. Box 10,000, Orlando, FL 32830 is a catchall mailing address for Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World

(R) Rice Terrace Road - (16) Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids is located at the end of Rice Terrace Road (the queue). Directions can be found on the sign shaped like an arrow in very small print at the bottom of the sign. The directions read: "TO FIND USE FOLLOW RICE TERRACE ROAD TOWARD TIGER TEMPLE PLEASE ENTER AND PASS THROUGH MR PANIFAS SHOP TO OUR RAFTING OFFICE" As English is the second language of the sign painter, he used the word "USE" instead of "US."

Kali River Rapids Sign

(S) Rockettower Plaza - (24) The Lunching Pad

The Lunching Pad is a counter service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. It can be found at Rockettower Plaza beneath the People Mover.

The Lunching Pad

(T) RFD #82 - (3) B. Jones

A farmhouse can be seen on the "Living with the Land" attraction in Epcot's Land Pavilion. In front of the farmhouse is a mailbox which reads: B. Jones RFD #82. The number 82 recognizes the year Epcot opened, 1982. RFD is an abbreviation for Rural Free Delivery.

Farmhouse and Mailbox


(U) Somewhere along Route 66 - (20) Ramone's House of Body Art

Ramone's House of Body Art is one of a handful of businesses found in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town along Route 66 from the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars."

Ramone's House of Body Art

Route 66 Radiator Springs

(V) Somewhere along U.S. 498 - (9) Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures

U.S. 498 can be found in Diggs County, Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures is a gas station/souvenir shop located along the highway.

Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures

498 Sign

(W) Starlight Room - (22) Sonny Eclipse

Sonny Eclipse and his invisible Space Angels perform daily at the Starlight Room at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom.

Sonny Eclipse

(X) The Tip-Top Club - (2) Anthony Fremont and his Orchestra

Anthony Fremont and his Orchestra once appeared at the Tip-Top Club at the Hollywood Tower Hotel (Disney's Hollywood Studios). If you remember your Twilight Zone episodes, you might recollect a show titled "It's a Good Life." In this story, a young boy, named Anthony Fremont, could make people disappear into the cornfield.

Tip-Top Club Poster

(Y) Tumbleweed - (15) Gold Dust Saloon

Tumbleweed is the washed out town seen while riding Big Thunder Mountain Railway at the Magic Kingdom. Gold Dust Saloon is one of the buildings being impacted by the flood.

Gold Dust Saloon

(Z) Vulcania - (18) Nautilus

Vulcania is the secret island of Captain Nemo and the base for his submarine, the Nautilus.


December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone,

I've decided to take a couple of weeks off to relax and enjoy the holidays. I will be back on Monday, January 2 with a new blog entitled "Christmas Week." It will be about the crowded conditions encountered between Christmas Day and New Year's. In the meantime, if you need a "Jack Blog Fix," use the Allears Search Engine located on just about every page of our site. Type "Jack" and the subject you're looking for in the Search Box and hit enter.

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