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Take a Break at Refreshment Point at Grizzly Peak Airfield in Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure park takes guests back to the road-trip days of the 1950s and ‘60s with unique locations like the recently opened Refreshment Point. Just outside of Humphrey’s Service & Supplies, this quick stop is the place to mix and match cold Coca-Cola products at Coke Freestyle machines, whose unique look is inspired by Coke machines from the 1950s. Reminiscent of classic roadside refreshment stops, the location includes a vintage car loaded with camping supplies and other authentic details. Take a look at the video below to learn more about this vehicle and get a peek at Imagineers rolling it into its new home.

Did you notice the license plate of the car reads “RED 110”? If you know the significance of these letters and numbers, leave your guesses in the comments and I’ll be back later with the answer!

UPDATE: Jennifer and Christopher are correct! “RED 110” is a tribute to Roy E. Disney, whose career began with the “True-Life Adventure” series, which was one of the inspirations for Grizzly Peak Airfield. Roy continued to be passionate about – and influential in – The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to preserving wildlife. And 110 is a reference to his birthday, January 10.

Comments

  • Born and raised in southern California (Disneyland and I are the same age), that black on yellow license plate warms my heart. Great job imagineers – this redesigned area in DCA is a must-see with my daughter so I can share some of my childhood stories!

  • Erin,

    I had a very strong emotional moment when grizzly Peak reopened and I saw that cream colored Rambler station wagon. My folks had the same exact make, model, and color car when I was 11. As a youngster in eastern Kansas most of our trips where the short variety to visit aunts and uncles no more than 50 miles away. My first real road trip was to Estes Park Colorado to get my sister who had a summer job working at a tourist resort near Grand Lake. Coming from eastern Kansas I was in awe of the Rocky Mountains. The year was 1960. The following summer we piled in that Rambler and I had the biggest adventure of my young life when we drove from Kansas to San Diego and I saw the ocean for the first time. We gathered up my brother and his family and brought them to Kansas as he went on to officers training in the Navy. The following year that same car moved my folks and I to Tucson Arizona where I now live.

    Though I yearned for that car to take us on a road trip to Disneyland my first visit would not happen until 1970. Mom and dad and my brother are gone now, only my sister and I remain. Memories, however of those long ago trips will be with me always.

    Tell the Imagineers who parked that old Rambler there thank you!

    Arizona Mike

  • I am just going to agree with Jessica from FL (4). Sounds like Roy E. Disney born on January 10, 1930 (RED 110). And the Rambler could even be a tribute itself to when Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen took a tour promoting the car and road-trip.

  • I’m going to say it has to do with California highway 110 that goes through the Redwood forest.

  • I think that it has something to do with Lightning McQueen!
    🙂

  • Roy E. Disney, born on January 10, 1930

  • Love the place!! Finally a place where I can get a soda with ice without having to wait at a food service walk up, what I don’t like is the flagrant and brazen attempts by guests to get refills or even worse Gil containers they brought to the Park

  • Since it’s heavily Coke influenced, I’d imagine it’s a reference to the Coca-Cola Vendio 110 machines that would have been widely used in that era. There’s also an old cooler (Westinghouse?) that was added to the area.

  • Must have something to do with The Redwood Trees, but not sure about the 110 reference

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