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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mickey Mouse version of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge now under construction

Rendering courtesy Disney Imagineering

A renovation of the Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim will include a replica of a landmark familiar to many Atwater Village and Silver Lake residents: the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge.  Construction  of  the Disney version of the approximately 80-year-old bridge began earlier this month and will replace a replica of  San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge at the park’s entrance, according to the Disney Parks blog.  While the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge stretches across the Los Angeles River and the 5 Freeway, the smaller span in Anaheim will cross the theme park’s Buena Vista Street and a replica of a Red Car trolley line.

How did the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge (which gets a cameo role in the Disney film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”) end up replacing the much better known Golden Gate? The Disney Parks blog explains:

This new area will bring guests back in time to a classic era in the history of Los Angeles – when Walt Disney first arrived in California … In January 1926, Walt and Roy Disney moved the newly renamed Walt Disney Studios into its new facility – a one-story, white stucco building at 2719 Hyperion Ave. During the next few years, another Los Angeles landmark was taking shape just a few blocks down Hyperion Ave. – the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge.

The Anaheim-Glendale-Hyperion Bridge is planned to be completed next year.

Update: Disney Imagineering provided some dimensions of their version of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge:

  • Height to top of new towers: 29 feet and 4 inches
  • Width between new towers: approx. 26 feet
  • Length of bridge section visible from street: approx 56 feet

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  1. I TOTALLY remember the day back in the ’80s as a student at nearby John Marshall High School, when they closed the Hyperion Bridge for filming. When I finally saw that scene in “Roger Rabbit” I had a big smile on my face.

    Maybe they should put a Marshall High replica at DCA…Calling Tom LaBonge!

  2. The bridge also was in the movie “Pulp Fiction,” in the background where Bruce Willis was in the street in front of the motel he was staying at — the old Riverglen Motel that was torn down only months after the film. The bridge was readily identifiable in the background.

  3. It would be nice if Disney would throw some money into the renovation of the original bridge!

  4. I wonder how many people forget that the site of the current Gelson’s on Hyperion was once the site of Walt Disney Studios. There is a plaque and everything on the site.

  5. The Tam O’ Shanter was a popular Walt Disney lunch destination. Hopefully a version of that at 3/8 scale will be on one side of the bridge…

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