Echo Lake is one of the eight sections featured at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It represents a time and place in California history when the movies were still young and the dream of living in Los Angeles attracted many. Looking around at the buildings here, you’ll see several architectural styles, both residential and commercial. Some of the buildings are modeled after real ones from the 1930s through 1950s.
There are two can’t-miss pieces of architectural fun that represent the California Crazy style: Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner and Dinosaur Gertie. Plaques outside both buildings explain California Crazy architecture and the inspiration for each.
Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner is a tribute to Min and Bill, a 1931 MGM hit comedy that took place around a waterfront. The steamboat is fun to look at and includes some spinning and water-spouting features. And if you know your nautical flags, there’s a message spelled out above the smokestack. (Incidentally, they serve up a mean frankfurter, too!)
Across the water is Dinosaur Gertie, a larger than life brontosaurus shaped building that occasionally serves up ice cream. Gertie is based on a cartoon from the early days of film, one that also inspired Walt Disney.
FL Sunshine State Visual Arts Standards:
VA.K.H.1.1, VA.K.F.1.2, VA.1.H.2.1, VA.1.F.2.1, VA.2.H.2.3, VA.4.H.1.1, VA.4.H.2.3, VA.5.H.1.1