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Props on the Backlot Tour

This week's column comes thanks to one of our readers, Brenna, who wanted to know what some of the other items she saw in the Backlot Tour boneyard are adn why they're there.

I was recently in Hollywood Studios, and was able to go on the backlot tour (very exciting, considering the last 3 annual visits, it was having some rehab). I took a few pictures of the outdoor props and thought they would make a cool "Why it's there" article. I recognize the black boat, but can't quite put my finger on where it is from...

Let's begin with the boneyard in the Backlot Tour first.  The boneyard is a storage spot on Hollywood Studios' backlot that is home to props from past fi;lms that aren't being used.  Movie studios have boneyards for the purpose of storing these props in case they are needed again in a future production. Since the Studios was once a working movie studio, a boneyard was added for authenticity and practical use. Now that Hollywood Studios doesn't actively engage in film production anymore, the boneyard serves as a museum more than anything.  

This first prop is the "bone cage" from Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, which you may recall is the scene where the crew tries to save Captain Jack Sparrow from a tribe of cannibals in the beginning of the film.

Update: This Venetian gandola is from the film "Casanova"

This Beverly Hills sign is from the 2008 film Bevery Hills Chihuahua

This space ship is from the 1986 film Flight of the Navigator

This red space ship is the escape pod from the 2005 film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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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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