Play on Words Part Three

Imagineers love to use word play, in which the words that are used become the main subject of the work, to name things in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  We highlighted some of these already and this week we're going to continue with some more examples of play on words found in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Sweet Spells

Inside the Beverly Sunset building on Sunset Boulevard is Sweet Spells, a favorite place to find desserts and other treats such as rice krispie bars, fudge, cookies and more.  

The name alludes to the fact you'll find something sweet to eat in here and plays into the overall theme of the Disney Villains that persist throughout the building (spells are something villains such as Maleficent and the Evil Queen use).

It's A Wonderful Shop

Over in the Backlot area of Hollywood Studios is the Christmas store that offers Disney merchandise with a Christmas theme year round.  The name of the store references the classic 1946 film that always shows up on TV in December starring Jimmy Stewart, "It's A Wonderful Life".  

The name of the shop is a play on words, with it keeping the idea that this is a Christmas shop but alluding to the Christmas film that we all enjoy.

Mouse About Town

Mouse About Town is a great example of a play on words, based on the phrase "man about town".  A man about town is a sophisticated, suave male, who knows which bars to frequent, where the fashionistas dine, and which shows one must see.

Since Mouse About Town offers plenty of clothing (albeit for men and women), it's the perfect name for a store that offers lots of adult options.

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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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