Fun Find Friday
August 17, 2012
Location: Carsland, Disney California Adventure
Ah, 1401! How we have loved you here on Fun Find
Friday. In the past we have found you in
Star Tours, Rock 'n' Roller
Coaster, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and
Carousel of Progress.
Today we are going to head over to the West coast where 1401 makes
its triumph return!
Let's take a quick look back at the meaning behind
1401. Imagineers, loving to make their mark on the parks, leave
behind different letters, numbers, and symbols to give nod to
themselves. Sometimes the symbols are references to their kids
favorite film while letters may be the initials of the Imagineers or
their loved ones. 1401 is the universal Imagineer number however.
You see, Imagineering headquarters is found at 1401 Flower Street so
to give a nod to the masters of the theme parks, they hide 1401
around the parks.
Now it's time to head to Carsland. Keeping with the
theme of the film, all the buildings and businesses are owned by the
different characters of the film. Due to the fact that these
buildings are legit businesses according to the story each of the
individual stores has a certificate of registration license found
somewhere within. If you head over to Luigi's Casa Della Tires you
can find his hanging up in the office. While taking a look at it you
will notice that the License Number is WED-1952-1401. 1401 isn't the
only important part of the license number however.
WED stands for Walter Elias Disney, but more
importantly when Walt began to plan for Disneyland he created WED
Enterprises, which would eventually change into Disney Imagineering.
So the WED here is a nod to the original name of the Imagineers.
1952 was the year that Walt actually created WED Enterprises, and as
stated above 1401 is the address for Imagineering!
So why does Luigi get the honor of having the
Imagineer nod instead of all the other businesses found in Carsland?
While it doesn't say for a fact, the most obvious answer would be
due to the fact that the new attraction that Luigi hosts is actually
based off an old attraction, the Flying Saucers! As a nod to the
former attraction, Luigi gets to be home of the famed 1401!
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