DHS Details: The Singin’ in the Rain Umbrella

At first glance, Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Streets of America doesn’t seem to offer up many attractions.  As on Main Street USA, you won’t find any actual rides here.  But you have to realize–the Streets of America are the attraction.  This unique area of DHS invites you to slow down and enjoy a relaxed stroll through the cleverly designed ‘sets’ that line the streets.  And if you look closely, you’ll find some fantastic and photo-worthy details.  In fact, my new favorite Disney detail lives here–the Singin’ in the Rain umbrella.

This umbrella is easily passed by, but that’s all part of the magic of Disney–there’s wonder to be found just about anywhere, if you take the time to look.  Of course I’d never even heard of this strange little DHS detail; my Disney partner-in-crime-and co-blogger Melissa Sue directed me to this mini-attraction and instructed me on how to use it properly.  After you locate the umbrella, grab the handle, strike a pose–and then look down.  See that little metal square?  Stand on it.  And see what happens.  I dare you to not smile.

Mini though it may be, the Singin’ in the Rain umbrella brightened my day–quite ironically.  And after all, there’s nothing wrong with being mini.  Just ask Mickey.

What is your favorite interesting mini-detail in the Streets of America–or anywhere else in WDW?

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6 Responses to DHS Details: The Singin’ in the Rain Umbrella

  1. Agreed, I love the Singing in the Rain umbrella. I love to watch other guests discover that you can make it rain because they are always amazed by it.

  2. The past few times we’ve been here, it’s been bone dry! Maybe my girls weren’t standing on the square correctly as we thought the touch on the umbrella made the rain. Next time we’ll have to see if we are doing it the right way!

    • Melissa Sue says:

      Oh no!! Did you try holding the umbrella in a few different places? You should be standing squarely on the metal square and holding on to the metal part of the handle. I have the best luck holding it about 3-4 inches above the “wooden” part.

      Sometimes it’s just not working. The first time I took my husband there, we couldn’t get it to work, either.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Not nearly as exciting, but I remember as a kid finding the Lawmower Tree in Fort Wilderness. Now it’s something I always look for when hitting Trail’s End.

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