Walt Disney’s Los Angeles 1923-1931: A Bicycle Ride to Kingswell
We had a great time at the 2719 Hyperion Sweatbox last Saturday night in Archdale, NC. All the NC Disney Bloggers got together to hang out, have some laughs, and discuss Disney. One of the topics Saturday night was quite imaginative and very interesting.
It was about a imaginary character Buddy and his ventures through the history of the Walt Disney and the Hyperion Avenue Studios. The picture above is more of an inside joke for those there..Just some of the Disney magic at work. In attendance we were able to see some never before seen pictures from the Disney personal collection which was very cool.
I hate that I had to leave before I could see the Progress City USA tour through Walt Disney World
Here is just a sample of the wonderful presentation I was able to see!
At roughly the same time Mickey Mouse premiered at the Colony Theatre on November 18, 1928, Elsie Robinson gave birth to William Arthur Robinson in Los Angeles, California. He wasn’t even a day old when his father, newspaperman Chester Robinson, bestowed upon him the nickname “Buddy.” Buddy and his parents lived in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, just east of Hollywood.
On his fifth birthday in 1933, Buddy and his father rode the Red Car over to Glendale where the Alexander Theatre was located. It was there that Buddy saw his first Mickey Mouse cartoon.
On the way home, they got off the Red Car early and walked down a street past a few vacant lots and turned a corner onto Hyperion Avenue. At the corner was a gas station, and next to it on the left was a series of large buildings.
Buddy remembers, “My Dad lifted me up to sit on his shoulders and then he pointed to a large sign perched on top of one of the buildings. There on the sign was Mickey Mouse, happily waving down to my father and me as we stood looking up from the sidewalk. It was silly, but we both happily waved back.” Buddy and his father were standing in front of the Walt Disney Studios, located at 2719 Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
Stay tuned for more information on June’s 2719 Hyperion Sweatbox in the coming months!