“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Burbank in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Fantasia Stage

Stage One

— The Walt Disney Studios —

The Fantasia Stage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
1. The Fantasia Stage Marker
Stage One was the only production sound stage built as part of the original Walt Disney Burbank Studios constructed during 1939-1940. The stage replaced a single smaller stage located at the Hyperion studios.

Since the original focus of the Studio was animated features, the facilities for live action theatrical production were minimal. Additional sound stages were added, beginning in 1949.

During World War II, virtually all of the lot turned to war work and training films for the Armed Forces. Soldiers ordered the removal of all cameras on the stage and, for the duration of the war, Stage One was used for repairing trucks and anti-aircraft equipment. Disney rushed to continue work on commercial pictures at the end of the war.

Many productions, beginning with the Leopold Stokowski segments of Fantasia, have been shot in Stage One and though it is the oldest and smallest production stage on the lot, it continues to provide important support for current feature and television projects.

Height: 40 ft. at highest point.
Length: 157 ft.
Width: 76 ft.
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60’x40’x8’ Subterranean Tank (added in 1976)
Erected 1990 by The Walt Disney Studios.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
Location. 34° 9.395′ N, 118° 19.534′ W. Marker is in Burbank, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The studio property is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 S Buena Vista St, Burbank CA 91521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Shorts Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Stage Two (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bungalow (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stage Three (about 300 feet away); The Animation Building (about 500 feet away); Huey (about 700 feet away); Johnny Carson Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church of the Hills (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burbank.
The Fantasia Stage and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
2. The Fantasia Stage and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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Sep. 26, 2023