Painted Into a Corner

Today we’re featuring one of our favorite bits of design from Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park. If you take a stroll through this section of the Park, you’ll come across a shaded outdoor patio outside of a shop known as the Refreshment Corner, hosted by Coca-Cola. Done up in the small-town style of the early 20th century,  Refreshment Corner is truly dedicated to its red and white color scheme, from the walls to the awnings and lampshades–even the piano out front.

To discover Refreshment Corner’s best kept secret, head to the corner entranceway and look up; you’ll notice a series of alternating red and white light bulbs circling the room. However, because of the shape of the area and the spacing of the bulbs, the count of bulbs is odd and there isn’t enough space to complete the pattern. So, how do you keep the alternating color theme alive when you’re a bulb short? Paint the last bulb half red and half white, of course! Rumor has it that Walt himself suggested this artful compromise, which can still be seen today.

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