Looking Up

I started this blog with an idea of things I’d never done before, like riding the Main Street vehicles, or being at the rope-drop–stuff like that. But now that I’m into this, I realized there was one more really major thing I’ve never done:

Look up.

Particularly on Main Street, but elsewhere as well. Disneyland has all kinds of cool details that I really never paid attention to since I was trying to get on a ride or go see something in particular. So, here’s a post about looking up.

Main Street, U.S.A. is supposed to be a typical main street in 1908, except it would have been a very crowded main street because there’s all kinds of stuff on there. And also, Main Street is not very tall. I knew that it had been scaled down, but I couldn’t quite figure it all out because the upper windows seemed to be somehow even more scaled down than the rest of the street.

I mean, I get the idea of forced perspective and all. Like, that’s how you can take an averaged-height Elijah Wood and turn him into a hobbit by making him stand way in front of Gandalf, or maybe way in back or whatever. But then again, how tall is Elijah Wood anyway? I used my SRM (Standard Research Methodology = 3 minutes on Google), expecting to find a quick answer as to how tall Elijah Wood is. Alas, that does not appear to be definitive public information. BUT, Google did have this crazy statement at the top that said:

Best guess for Elijah Wood Height is 5′ 6″

FeedbackIs this accurate? Yes NoThank you for your feedback.Mentioned on at least 4 websites including celebheights.com, trueknowledge.com and yahoo.com

Which, REALLY??? I mean, when even GOOGLE has to guess, you know that’s some top secret information. And also, there’s an entire website devoted to celebrity’s heights?

Okay, I’m getting way off topic here, so let me just throw you a picture real quick.

This is a fake building with a door that doesn't open named after Walt's hometown of Marceline, MO. That's also our stroller.

So anyway, back to Disneyland and forced perspective and all, after applying my SRM to the question of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. height, Wikipedia told me this:

Buildings along Main Street are built at 3/4 scale on the first level, then 5/8 on the second story, and 1/2 scale on the third—reducing the scale by 1/8 each level up.

And even though I know that Wikipedia is totally the best source for reliable information of any kind, it pretty much makes sense to me.

Although neither Wikipedia nor Google has any information about Main Street’s height in relation to Elijah Wood. Somebody should write a blog entry about that. Or make a whole website. Or just take a picture of Elijah Wood standing on Main Street in Disneyland. Next to Gandalf. Because that would be awesome.

Anyway, there’s a particularly large number of looking-up things in the alley behind the fruit cart by the lockers.

Canned Fruits, Beekeeper Supplies, and Guns. Now that's what I call "one-stop shopping."

Apparently Walt used the upper windows to commemorate his friends or Disney employees or Disney employees who were also his friends, or some other people he would probably be Facebook friends with if he were still alive today, and using the internet at 110 years old. I mean, I think that might even be more awesome than a picture of Elijah Wood and Gandalf on Main Street.

Tangent: I remember a couple of years ago the news did an interview with the oldest woman in the world and when they asked her the secret to her longevity, she said, “Bacon.” Dudes, I’m totally not kidding. And thank God for that, because given the amount of bacon I eat, I’m going to live forever.

But anyway…

More friends of Walt's, I assume. I wonder if the "Stone Mason" carved Walt's head stone, or just the ones in the Haunted Mansion queue.

I think my favorite is the Painless Dentist.

Laughing gas in 1908 from dentists in training? Sign me up!

I like the “S. E. Bitz” name. Is that really someone’s name, or a play on “Yes, he bites”? Seriously, if you know the answer, leave me a comment.

You can also buy a bicycle.

This window is one of the few with an actual colored picture.

At first I thought “Wow, renting a bicycle at Disneyland would be kind of cool,” and then I immediately thought, “Wow, renting a bicycle at Disneyland would be a freakin’ nightmare!”

Still cute, though

And here’s another interesting one. That’s all I can think of to say about this.

This is a private investigator and a "I really should take notes because I can't read it from my picture and I don't remember what it says a week later"

I think I’ll make looking up one of my new hobbies. When I’m not riding my bicycle down Main Street.

*Edited to add–a reader let me know that according to imdb.com, Elijah Wood is indeed 5’6″. But I still want to see him standing on Main Street with Gandalf.

13 responses to “Looking Up

  1. Mandy April 22, 2011 at 2:11 am

    This has been the most interesting post to me so far. The detail on something that you wouldn’t see right away makes me want to go see what they did with Main Street in Orlando.

    Oh, and I was at our local Coney Island and they have a big sign on their menu that says “Add Bacon for 25 cents!” I didn’t add bacon to my cole slaw dog, but I thought of you.

  2. Beverley BevenFlorez April 22, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Great post! I can’t believe Elijah Wood’s height is a secret. That’s so funny. How short could he be?

  3. Traci April 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The detail in Main St. is amazing. Hooray for you, stopping to smell the roses. I like the idea of having my dentist appt. at D-Land. Can you imagine how much better it will all be when your dentist is dentist Mickey and instead of the room smelling sterile it would smell like cotton candy. Your dental hygienist would be Jose from the Tiki Room. If you’re there for an easy procedure you’d get to watch Disney Movies, if they had to knock you out, you’d imagine elephants dancing. Then afterward you’d get a Mickey balloon. I hope all my comments are not super annoying (I’m a huge Disney fan too.) and I think you’re doing a fabulous job with the blog.

  4. BruinKristin April 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    LOL Tracy I love it!
    And thank you Shelby this is all so interesting – I’m going to have to slow down on my next scurry down Main Street. Also, apparently there are recorded sounds coming from Bitz’s dentist office – drilling and screaming!

  5. BruinKristin April 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I mean Traci with an “I”! Sorry!

  6. Wendy Komori Stager April 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Ooh, I never really considered looking up. I was always so busy trying to run to space mountain. Thanks for a cool blog entry.

  7. Molly Mouse April 25, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Just like you mentioned, Walt honors Cast Members with their own window. It’s a huge ceremony and the honoree (is that a word?) gets a mini-window to take home with them. There’s a book in World of Disney (and Emporium, etc…) called Windows of Disneyland or something and its fun to look through to see all the people honored on Main Street! Also, they have a few other honorees outside of Main Street. For example, in Adventureland, the guy who played Davy Crockett is on the Adventureland shop window.

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