Formerly a walk-through back lot movie set, Streets of America is now a designated themed area that is home to four attractions. The street sets remain intact and serve as the primary pedestrian thoroughfare.
Also in Streets of America...
The Street of America building facades here use a cinematic trick known as forced perspective, and it's also used throughout Walt Disney world. Forced perspective is the design pattern that gives buildings the appearance of greater height and scale. It is why the castle looks so grand and Everest looks so tall. In the Backlot area, it allows the designers to fit in the New York or San Francisco skylines in such a small space.
Playing with scale is also a feature of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. Realizing there wasn't enough to do for small children, the Imagineers worked in record time to design and fabricate the attraction. This type of stage area is an example of another cinematic trick used in Disney films.
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A Galaxy Far, Far Away Gets a Little Closer
If all had gone the way the Imagineers intended, the Studios' new Star Wars land (planned for the vicinity of Streets of America and Mickey Avenue) would already be under construction. But Disney CEO Bob Iger was supposedly concerned that the screenplay for the next movie wasn't up to snuff, so he ordered a rewrite and pushed back the release of the film to the 2016 holiday season. As a direct result, the start of construction on DHS's new themed area got pushed back to 2015. But don't worry--it won't be long now till you can stroll down the streets of Tatooine and ride a Speeder Bike through the forests of Endor.