One of my favorite little corners at Disney Hollywood Studios is home to a charming piece of Americana. Rosie's Victory Garden offers a reminder to guests that even in the glittering Heyday of Hollywood that Americans were facing some of their most trying times. With World War II raging across both the Pacific and the Atlantic those on the homefront were called upon to pitch in any way that they could.
"Rosies" were the iconic women of the era who went to work in places that had previously reserved for men, producing munitions and war supplies. Disney pays homage to these extraordinary women that redefined the American woman by naming one of the restaurants on Sunset Boulevard after them, at Rosie's All American Cafe guests can get a taste of the USA. Upwards of 20 million Americans planted a Victory Garden during the war years and our "Rosie" has planted a Victory Garden to be sure she's got enough food to feed her hungry patrons.
Gardens sprang up in backyard, side yards, empty lots and even on rooftops. Patriotic citizens took every opportunity to grow their own food so that the boys overseas wouldn't have to go without. The lighter fare from Rosie's All American Cafe comes from her Victory Garden (at least as far as the story line goes) and guests can grab a table next to her fly-boy scarecrow to relax at while they munch on some tasty goodies. Rosie's garden is really growing too! These aren't just ornamental set dressings, guests stopping by should take note of the herbs and produce growing fresh in the garden. Over the years I've come across a variety of things like cabbage, peppers, mustard, and corn.
The next time you're at Disney's Hollywood Studios, stop on by and visit the Victory Garden to see how the garden is growing. What have you seen in Rosie's garden? Leave a comment and let us know!