Fun Find Friday
March 25, 2011
Location: Echo Lake, Disney's
One of the most detailed sections of Walt Disney
World is Echo Lake in Disney's Hollywood Studios. We've already done
one Fun Find Friday focusing on the area here and we could do at
least 50 more (no joke)! Today we will talk about Peevy's Polar
Disney's Hollywood Studios has made several attempts
in the past to connect a Disney film into the park. For
instance, at one point there was talk of a whole Roger Rabbit themed
area, a Dick Tracy attraction, and a whole Muppets areas. There's
only one question lingering over the Imagineers while coming up with
these ideas: Will this movie still be popular in the future?
Unfortunately the case for some of these films is
"no." In 1991 Disney released "The Rocketeer" with hopes of the film
being a major success! Unfortunately, it wasn't. The film didn't
bring in the upper teens/younger twenties crowd that the film was
mainly geared for. Disney decided the problem was the fact that
people in this age group wouldn't want to see a "Disney" movie. To
solve this problem they released it under their Touchstone label in
Canada. There was a slight increase in profits, but not too much.
Anyways, back to the park! To test the waters on the
popularity of "The Rocketeer" Disney created a few references to the
film to see guest response. Peevy, the sidekick in the film, was
given his own frozen carbonated beverage stand during this time
period. To give a few more nods to the film than just the name,
Imagineers put a few fun finds here for us hard core Disney fans.
If you take a close look at the menu you will
realize that it is written on Peevy's sketches for the rocket pack
in the film! In addition to this fun find, you can also find the
rocket pack and helmet shoved in the corner to the left of the
machines behind the counter!
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