The backdrop that is Disney's California Adventure's Buena Vista Street, which takes place in 1923 when a young Walt Disney made his way out to California, as you come through this Marketplace of shops, stores and restaurants it all looks real. Even though it really is full of merchandise and opportunities for ways to experience the park and spend money, it's fake. They're an assortment of little cutouts in one larger building. We might not be able to use their associated doors and never make it to their second floors, we can cruise through the entire building of real stores. We're exploring the fake buildings of Disney's California Adventure. The fakest land of them all - Hollywoodland - where everything's a lie and disguised to make you think that it's something that it's not.
On the corner of the Hollywood Studios we have our first fake building. The exterior facade is an Art Deco styled Studio building with all of its ornate details but we can never actually go inside this building. The facade looks like a real building covering what actually is the inner courtyard of Award Wieners and Mickey's Philharmagic queue.
Another fake building of Hollywoodland advertises flowers, sweets and even pet supplies but it's a fake building. We never get to go inside.
Next door we have another Art Deco building, a fake department store on the corner. Beautiful marble inlay wraps around the entrance and the brass framed window doors but we can't go inside. On the edge of Hollywoodland we are completely surrounded by fake buildings and Disney puts a lot of love and care into them.
Literally these are the windows that look out onto the street on the other side of the backlot. You can see the steel work, the aluminum sheets of everything on the other side. As we move around DCA it's going to get trickier to figure out what exactly the building's purpose is other than to create perfect backdrops for us to explore and not get distracted by cast members doing their jobs.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".