Walking through Grand Avenue makes you feel like you are actually in a real life city. But it’s just an illusion – elaborate facades, authentic details and tricks of perspective are used to create this incredibly realistic courtyard!
Whimsy takes a front seat in this area of Hollywood Studios! Be sure and look everywhere…it looks like the Muppets have left their mark all throughout Grand Avenue!
This was the former home of the Streets of America, complete with buildings that were in fact cleverly crafted facades (after all, this was a movie set!). The skyscrapers in the New York facade made use of forced perspective to make the buildings appear taller (the windows and other details got smaller and smaller as you went higher and higher, making them appear further away).
During the filming of a Bette Midler short film used for the park, Disney cleaning crews came into New York Street (as it was then known), picked up all the trash and cleaned the streets (as they of course are normally supposed to do!). Unfortunately, it was meant to look dirty, so the film crew had to “dirty up” the streets again before filming could resume!