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Behind-the-Scenes: Stop, Look & Listen to the Old-Time Radio Show at Oswald’s in Disney California Adventure Park

Shannon Swanson

by , Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

A few months ago I had the opportunity to check out the making of an original, old-time radio show written and produced by Walt Disney Imagineering. The skit in the video below is just one of the shows guests will hear playing on the vintage radio inside of Oswald’s in Disney California Adventure park. There are so many detailed surprises on Buena Vista Street – make sure to stop, look and listen so you don’t miss them!

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  • Very cool! Is there something like this anywhere at WDW?

  • This is the attention to detail we all love about Disney! Thanks for relaunching California Adventure the right way will all the bells and whistles (no pun intended)!

  • Funny enough, I was there for the DCA Grand Re-Opening, camped out from 10 p.m. the night before and one of the first people inside, Carsland wristband and all, and instead of running to CarsLand, I stayed behind at Oswald’s listening to the radio while waiting for my girlfriend and a friend of ours to arrive. Such a fun little touch of Disney magic!

  • Love this! 🙂

  • This reminds me of Albert Awol, Voice of the Jungle on the DBC. Now I have another radio station to listen to. 😉

  • This is awesome. It really begs the question, though–when are we going to get a Disney California Adventure soundtrack? There are plenty of amazing rides, attractions, and details that deserve their place in the home on a wonderful CD. I hope we don’t have to wait until the 50th Anniversary of the park to get one…

  • I won’t be back at DCA until March. 🙁 It would be awesome if the shows were offered outside of the park.

  • Awesome! I am going to listen to that radio sometime. I love all love the details that the Imagineers put into Buena Vista Street.

  • No REAL old-time radio shows? (Besides what sounds like a War of the Worlds parody, which is the one old radio show most people remember.)
    Think there was a real radio Mickey Mouse Club in the 40’s, not to mention Walt, Mickey & the gang showing up on Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy’s show to promote Fun & Fancy Free.

    • Walt Disney Imagineering wanted to keep the radio shows in the spirit of actual radio shows of the time period represented on Buena Vista Street (1920s and ‘30s). As Dave Fisher told us:

      “We do have a tribute to old-time radio serials in the form of the ‘The Adventures of Hank and Wally,’ which is about a couple of retired guys who just can’t seem to stay retired. This particular episode, ‘The Treasure of Sparrow Lake,’ finds the two out for an afternoon of fishing and relaxation – until Wally hooks something that isn’t quite a fish. By the way, the whole thing was inspired by the friendship of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Walt’s ‘Nine Old Men.’”

  • I totally enjoy these behind the scenes. And finding these little audio treats in the parks is what makes each visit unique. So many miss hearing these as they race off to the big attractions! Thank you for putting the time and effort into all the little things that make a Disney Park!

  • This is awesome! The details added by Disney Imagineering to the new Buena Vista Street are amazing! I can’t wait to visit. Thank you very much for inspiring a visit inside of Oswalds.

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