When guests visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios they are treated to a visual history of Los Angeles and its architecture as they pass down both Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Combinations of Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Mission Revival, and Programmatic Architecture line the paths and serve as both shops and dining locations.
When designing the Germany Pavilion for EPCOT in Walt Disney World, Imagineers hoped to recreate the feeling of the German platz or plaza. As such, the facades of the shops and dining locations surrounding the central fountain depicting St. George and the Dragon, allude to architecture found in Frankfurt and Rothenburg, in addition to the obvious reference to the Freiburg Kaufhaus in the façade on the right side of the pavilion.
The Norway Pavilion in World Showcase was intended to be a representation of the real nation of Norway, so when Imagineers were tasked with incorporating an imaginary kingdom, they did so with a faithfulness to the real-world location it would sit amidst.
Soon, the style was present across the country in the form of diners, gas stations, train terminals, and commercial buildings, but perhaps one of the most famous examples of Streamline Moderne was built in 1935 at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.
When it was decided that Italy would serve as inspiration for one of the World Showcase pavilions in Epcot at Walt Disney World, the architecture of Venice was chosen to be featured at the forefront of the pavilion.
The east side’s Plaza Restaurant, with its understated charm, is a continuation of the turn-of-the-century, Victorian architecture, but the west side’s Crystal Palace is more of a diversion. Grand in its appearance, with its enumerable windows and glass pane domes, it creates an appropriate transition to the British and French colonial architecture of the Adventureland facades.
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