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Youse Guys Moichendise

The Streets of America area is meant to be a replica of streets from New York City, San Francisco and Chicago and Disney Imagineers went to great lengths to profile these cities so that the areas would look authentic to the guest walking down it in the park. Besides Disney's great attention to detail, this is also meant to show the guest the movie-making process where often sets of real locations will be constructed to save on-site filming costs. Many of these faux-facades are overlooked but there are real locations that inspired Disney Imagineers to build the replicas we see today and this includes the store that has given many a snicker, Youse Guys Moichendise.

Youse Guys Moichendise is meant to sell sports themed merchandise but what inspired it's facade? Well, I don't know....exactly. But I do know there was inspiration for the design of the facade at the Studios. The answer to how I know is in the Backlot Express restaurant are a number of Polaroid photos on one wall behind some glass that look like just more random props but upon closer inspection we see these pictures.

It's pretty clear Disney Imagineers spotted this bodega (small convenience store often found in New York City and derived from the Spanish word for "grocery store" - la bodega) somewhere in New York City and used it as the inspiration for the facade of the store we see at the Studios today. As for the name, it's become a common practice among Disney Imagineers to make funny names for stores based on play on words. So although we don't know exactly where the inspiration comes from, we do know that the facade we see today was inspired by a real life location in New York City. And if you're wondering how I know this mystery store is from New York City? The store has been around since the Streets of America area opened to the public but back then, it was called New York Street.

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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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