Thursday, June 28, 2012

Oswald's Filling Station

If you were reading yesterday's post and wondering, 'What in the world is Oswald's?'  Well, here you go!

Oswald's Filling Station is a merchandise stand right next to the entrance gates, serving a purpose akin to the merchandise stands on either side of the Disneyland Railroad when you entire and leave the park.  With souvenirs, Mickey hats, and little goodies, it's a nice little spot to "fill up"... on Disney gear, that is!

Oswald refers to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney's first cartoon creation (created with Ub Iwerks), that was sold for Universal.  Disney's contributions to the characters lasted only two years before he quit his work with his distributor over pay cuts.  It ended up being okay, though, since that was the push that led Walt to dream up a little character named Mickey Mouse.  The rest, as they say, is history.

All in all, it's a nice homage to Walt Disney's early history and keeps in theme with Walt in the 1920s.  And it's not a bad looking set-up either!  Just another fantastic detail in Buena Vista Street!

Oswald's Filling Station, with the entrance gates behind, to the left and the Chamber of Commerce to the right.

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