Fun Find Friday
September 16, 2016
Location: Echo Lake, Disney's Hollywood
Not too long ago I went to Disney's Hollywood
Studios with a person who doesn't frequent the parks too often.
While passing Echo Lake they made a simple observation to me. They
couldn't figure out why there was a dinosaur found at Echo Lake.
For today's Fun Find Friday I figured we would take
a look at the dinosaur and figure out what the Disney connection is.
The dinosaur is named Gertie and she has quite the interesting
backstory. In 1914 an animator named Winsor McCay had a vaudeville
act that would change the world forever. While standing up on the
stage he revealed the screen behind him where the audience found
Gertie the Dinosaur.
Winsor did something that had never been done
before. He began to interact with a cartoon character on the screen.
While the act seemed very simple, the audience began to freak out
believing that Gertie aws an actual dinosaur that may come off the
screen and attack them. While that seems like a ridiculous thought
now, we have to remember that at that time nothing like that had
ever been done before.
So how does it have a connection to Disney when
Gertie debuted when Walt Disney was only 12 years old? Gertie was
Walt's first inspiration to blend animation and live action with one
another. Due to this, Walt once invited Winsor's son Bob onto his
show to recreate the Gertie the Dinosaur scene with new animation.
During the episode, which aired in 1955, Walt pointed out to him
that Walt Disney's legacy should have been Winsor's if he had lived
The legend of Gertie of course, now lives on here at
Echo Lake where the dinosaur who wowed audiences over 100 years ago
can now wow guests who pass by her on a daily basis.
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