Oswald’s Service Station (Apparently Again!)



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.

Gas Pump

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.

7 responses to “Oswald’s Service Station (Apparently Again!)

  1. Wombatish August 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Man, I wasn’t sure if it was deja vu or not! Still a good post though c:

  2. Linus V. August 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I love Oswald’s, not only for the details and decor (I never noticed the Mickey alarm bell before) but I also love the “old-time radio” that plays in the background of Oswald’s store. It just keeps playing shows, news reports and music from the 30’s. None of the cast members I asked were able to remember any of the radio bits repeating nor could identify any kind of loop.

  3. BruinKristin August 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Went to CA Adventure today and can’t say that I noticed Oswald’s. I was too busy sulking about my epic failure at Radiator Springs that included a 2 hour wait, 0 rides Radiator Springs, 0 apologies, but a consolation prize of 3 fast passes for anything but Radiator Springs. Boo! Did I mention my 5:30AM rise and shine time to get to CA Adventure for early admission?! I would have much preferred to spend that 2 hours with Oswald damn it!!!!

    • Shelby August 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      That sucks!!! I’m sorry that happened :(. Radiator Springs Racers seems to be having a lot of problems. I’m hoping they get the kinks worked out soon.

      • BruinKristin August 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Well apparently the ride was not broken but rather just the regular daily/nightly maintenance. As I was told by guest relations: the ride closes it’s line at 11pm and then runs until the last person rides at about 1AM. There are a number of hours needed for daily/nightly maintenance before the ride can open again and sometimes they aren’t ready by 6 or 7 hours later when the park reopens. Friday they weren’t ready by 7 or 8 or 9 or 10AM, but really who’s counting? I will say that the cast was far friendlier than I would have been for all the crap people gave them for the delay! And I can report that the queue was quiet lovely : )

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