Luna Park at Coney Island - “Speedy” (1928)
Origins of name: This bridge spanning Buena Vista Street is modeled after the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a concrete arch-bridge viaduct built in 1928 that carries cars over the Los Angeles River, connecting Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood to Glendale.
Fictional back story: On Buena Vista Street, at least one business advertises its proximity to the bridge. “We’re under the bridge,” says an ad for Big Top Toys. The store’s entrance is, in fact, directly under the bridge.
What it really does: Carries the Disneyland Monorail track
I live super close to the original bridge - just drove on it yesterday. =) The Walt Disney Studios were located about one block from the beginning/top of the bridge from 1929 - 1939, on Hyperion Avenue. I’m sure this is why it’s replicated at Disneyland.
Shirley Temple Black at Disneyland enjoying the Dumbo ride with daughter Susan and son Charles in 1956. The next year she returned to christen the new Sleeping Beauty walk-through inside the Castle. Another fun fact, in 1937 Shirley presented Walt Disney with his special Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was a standard-sized Oscar with seven little Oscars. You can find the post on this blog!
Mad Tea Party, 1967
Straight Shooters, 1947