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