This, my friends, is what happens when you auto-post! For those of you experiencing deja vu, I had two versions of this post written, one I auto-posted in July when I was back in Vermont at my graduation. And not remembering that I had done that, I posted this one today.
So feel free to skip this one–the writing is different but it basically says the same things. I’m going to go clean up my files and see what else I’ve already posted before any more embarrassing incidents occur…
Raise your hand if you know who Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is?
Yep, those are my Disney fans!
Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald is kind of a strange-looking rabbit, like what Mickey might look like if he were a rabbit instead of a mouse. And what’s the deal with Oswald?
Well once upon a time, Walt Disney was an animator, and he and his partner drew Oswald for Universal Studios. To make a long story short, Walt left Universal, Oswald stayed, Walt and his partner created Mickey Mouse, and Buena Vista Street got Oswald’s Filling Station.
Paraphrasing a little
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit belonged to Universal for a long, long time, until 2006 when Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, decided to get Oswald back by trading sportscaster Al Michaels from ABC/ESPN to NBC Universal.
I’m not kidding about that. Oswald was traded for a sportscaster.
About the trade, Michaels said, “I’m going to be a trivia answer some day.”
So true. So true.
But back on Buena Vista Street, Oswald’s Filling Station is the first building you see on your left.
Please ignore the fact that the first picture is at night and the rest are in daylight. What can I say, I have an annoying tendency to photograph every inch of something except for its entrance and sign. So I backfill. Deal.
Oswald’s is a small this-and-that kind of store. A few mouse ears, some Route 66 swag, etc.
And of course, full of great details.
I love the Mickey bell here
Oswald’s first dollar
And outside, for your picture-taking pleasure, is a real 1937 Packard Coupe
In mint condition, of course
Oswald’s is a great opening store for Buena Vista Street and will put a smile on your face every time you walk past it.