Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Disney-MGM Studios Dining - 1991 Style: Studios Awareness Week

The image to the left is the cover of the 1991 booklet, Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park: An Adventure With the Movies. It is a 24-page booklet that, I am assuming, was sold as a boxed set. I have a similar title for the Magic Kingdom and both booklets have the same ISBN, leading me to believe they were packaged together.

Besides being an amazing time capsule, guides from previous years are a great way to see how Disney promoted their Florida properties. What were the star attractions? Was there a theme that was being promoted? How did they expect you to spend your time and money?

If you look closely at the cover, our bud Mick is wearing star-studded, finger-less gloves that matches his shirt and hat. He also has a white scarf draped around his neck. It looks like a little bit of East Coast vs. West Coast. You gotta love when Disney tries to be timely instead of classic.

Anyway, the real meat of the post is the single page dedicated to Studio Dining. I scanned the image and separated the photos to give a better view. What is probably the most exciting image is the one of the Catwalk Bar that was located above the Soundstage Restaurant. Not many people took photographs and the bar closed in the late 1990s (1999?) during the Bear and the Big Blue House expansion. For some reason, I always had a sense that this restaurant would have been painted matte black and was a very dangerous place to drink.

Backlot Express

Catwalk Bar (Soundstage Restaurant)
Shane at Parkeology bemoans that fact that he missed out on the Catwalk Bar, as well. You can read his post here.
'50s Prime Time Cafe

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

Dinosaur Gertie's

A hot rod caramel sundae from the '50s Prime Time Cafe
Feel free to print out this page and try to reconstruct the entire image in a Tetris-like fashion.
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