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Sunset Ranch Market[edit]

The Sunset Ranch Market is a collection of quick service stands on Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Description[edit]

The Sunset Ranch Market is based on a real (and the original) Farmer's Market at the corner of Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles, California. Initially consisting of local farmers, who sold their goods out of their vehicles, wooden stalls were eventually erected for rent. The Sunset Ranch Market features similar stands, where guests can buy a variety of foods.

History[edit]

Opening with the rest of Sunset Boulevard on June 12, 1994, the Sunset Ranch Market originally consisted of three quick service stands: Rosie's Red Hot Dogs, Anaheim Produce and Catalina Eddies [1]. Later editions to the market included Sunset Ranch Turkey Legs in 1998 [2] and Fairfax Fries (which served McDonald's French fries) in 1998 [3]. The next year, on August 23, 1999, Hollywood Scoops (an ice cream shop)opened [4].

In 2001, Toluca Legs turkey Company replaced Sunset Ranch Turkey Legs [2]. Next, on March 14, 2009 Fairfax Fries closed, due to the end of the strategic partnership agreement between McDonald's and Disney [3]. Following the closure of Fairfax Fries, Toluca Legs Turkey Company relocated to the fry stand's former location. Subsequently, a new stand named Fairfax Faire opened in the former Toluca Legs Turkey Company Location [3].

On August 1, 2016, Toluca Legs Turkey Company closed. Two days later, a new stand called Sunshine Day Cafe opened in its place[5].

Current Stands[edit]

Fairfax Fare-This quick service stand features a barbecue menu. Fairfax Fare Opened in 2009 in Toluca Turkey Leg Company's original location.

Hollywood Scoops- This snack stand serves ice cream and other desserts. Hollywood Scoops opened on August 23, 1999.

Rosie's All American Cafe- This quick service location specializes in hamburgers and chicken. When the location opened it was known as Rosie’s Red Hot Dogs, and featured a hot dog menu. Rosie's All American Cafe is decorated with both authentic and Disney created WWII memorabilia.

Catalina Eddie's- This quick service stand offers guests a variety of pizzas. Prior to the opening of Hollywood Scoops, Catalina Eddie's sold soft-serve yogurt [6].

Anaheim Produce- This stand offers guests fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other snacks.

Sunshine Day Cafe- The newest dining location on Sunset Boulevard, Sunshine Day Cafe sells desserts and alcoholic beverages.

Former Stalls[edit]

Fairfax Fries Operating from 1998 until 2008, this stand was sponsored by McDonald's and sold McDonald's fries.

Sunset Ranch Turkey Legs- This stand sold turkey legs and was open from 1994 until 2001. It was replaced by the Toluca Legs Turkey Company stand.

Toluca Legs Turkey Company Open from 2001 until 2016, this stand sold turkey legs. Toluca Legs Turkey replaced Sunset Ranch Turkey Legs, and was relocated to the former Fairfax Fries location in 2009.

Fun Facts and Trivia[edit]

  • The names Fairfax Fries and Fairfax Faire are a reference to the fact that the original Farmer's Market was located on the corner of Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles California [7]
  • Toluca Turkey Legs Company's name was a reference to the "Toluca Lakes" suburb of Los Angeles [7].
  • Inside Rosie's All American Cafe, guests can see a WWII insignia created by Disney and featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and a Gremlin [8]
  • Near Rosie's All American Cafe, guests can find Rosie's Victory Garden, which features various vegtibles being grown to help the war effort [8]
  • The name Catalina Eddie's may be a play on a Southern California weather condition known as Catalina Eddy, which involves a circular movement of air [9].

References

  1. http://www.florida-project.com/images/guidemaps/ds/disney-mgm-studios-guidemap-1994-05.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.florida-project.com/images/guidemaps/ds/disney-mgm-studios-guidemap-1994-05.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.yesterland.com/mcwdw.html
  4. https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/08/vintage-walt-disney-world-hollywood-scoops-opens/
  5. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/toluca-legs-turkey-co/
  6. This menu can be seen on all Disney-MGM Studios maps from 1994 (the restaurant's opening) until 1999 (the year Hollywood Scoops opened) for example see: http://www.florida-project.com/images/guidemaps/ds/disney-mgm-studios-guidemap-1998-june-v2-04.jpg
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2009/01/sunset_boulevard_disneys_hollw.html
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://yourfirstvisit.net/2016/11/04/a-friday-visit-with-jim-korkis-rosies-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/
  9. http://2719hyperion.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html