Patriotism in the Parks – V is for Victory

Today, as a way to reflect on Memorial Day and to honor those who gave their lives for our country and also those living who served, I thought I’d do a post focusing on patriotism in the theme parks. While discussing what we were thinking about doing for Memorial Day the other day Shelley suggested that we do a post for with a tribute to the Victory Gardens. If you are not familiar with the area, it is tucked away in a corner of the Sunset Market Ranch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The garden is situated behind Fairfax Fare and to the right of Rosie’s All American Cafe and Catalina Eddie’s. Not having visited this area specifically for at least a couple years, I thought I’d take a little time to rediscover it. Victory Gardens were started during World War I and World War II for people to grow their own fruits and vegetables in order to decrease demand on suppliers and grocers. You can read more about the history of Victory Gardens here.

 

Victory Gardens 8/30/08
Victory Gardens 8/30/08
Victory Gardens 8/30/08
Victory Gardens 8/30/08
Victory Gardens 8/30/08
Victory Gardens 8/30/08
Victory Gardens 5/25/12
Victory Gardens 5/25/12
Victory Gardens 5/25/12
Victory Gardens 5/25/12
Victory Gardens 5/25/12
Victory Gardens 5/25/12

While I was aware of the Victory Garden, Shelley brought to my attention something new to me: the toy soldiers in the middle of one of the condiment stations at Rosie’s All American Cafe. I had never noticed these were even there, so I got the best pictures I could given the sunlight and the awkward position I had to get in to reach these. There are counters and slots for napkins and utensils between the toy soldiers and you if you want to get pictures, so good luck.

The entire area of Sunset Market Ranch is loaded with lots of patriotic memorabilia from mostly the WWII era of American history. After I finished photographing the toy soldiers, I noticed signs on the walls of Rosie’s and Catalina Eddie’s, as well as tons more inside these counter service locations. I took this opportunity to take pictures of the awesome things spread out between these two restaurants. I especially loved the Disney characters used for war propaganda.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all those who have served!

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