Note: www.disneygallery.com has a FAQs section dedicated to Olszewski and Main Street USA Program. Click here to take you there.
Q: The image on the shipping box for the Central Plaza Hub has miniature people shown, are these supposed to be included in the piece?
A: No, these figures are not part of the purchase.
Q: Are the LED lights that shine on the [Sleeping Beauty} castle suppose to change color like they do on Cinderella's Castle?
A: No, the lights on the Sleeping Beauty Castle do not change like they do on Cinderella's Castle.
Q: Is there a way to by-pass the timers on Cinderella's Castle and Electrical Parade?
A: Please go to the Bruce Richard's "Olszewski Fan" website which was created for collectors seeking technical answers to various Main Street, U.S.A. matters. The website is: http://home.comcast.net/~olszewskifan/site/.
Q: Does Olszewski Studios provide repair service?
A: No. If a collector has a piece of Olszewski art that is damaged or is not working, the collector should return it to where they purchased it for a replacement or a refund. If you purchased a piece of Olszewski art from the Walt Disney Company, you must have purchased it within the past 30 days. Contact Disney's Merchandise Guest Services at: 1-877-560-6477.
Q: Which buildings in the Main Street, U.S.A. Collection have flags? I ask this question because I want to determine if any of my buildings are missing flags. Thank you, Kevin of Portland, OR
A: Here are the buildings that have flags:
City Hall and Fire Station - 1 flag
Emporium - 1 flag
Market House - 1 flag
Train Station - 4 flags - 1 American and 3 Mickey Mouse
Clothier Corner - 1 flag
Photo Corner - 1 flag
Plaza Inn - 3 flags
Town Square - 1 large flag pole with American flag and California flag
Gateways to Adventurland/Frontierland - 1 large flag pole with American flag
Q: I have a question on the Main Street Electrical Parade Set 1 (DL0601),
while having it plugged in with the AC power adapter it only stays lighted up
for approx 15 min. Is this how it is supposed to work or should it stay lit
until the power switch is turned off? Kevin.
A: A number of the first units for Sets 1 and 3 had timers. This has now changed and now all ELP sets produced will not have timers. To by-pass the timer on the earlier units that have them is to solder the time joint. Check Bruce Richard's website for further information by clicking here.
Q: Where are the turn-on/turn-off switches located on the Main Street buildings that are configured with lights?
A: With the exception of the two Castles (Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland and Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World) all switches are push down action. The Castle pieces are "back and forth" action.
Street U.S.A. Collection:
Beauty Castle – The switch can be found on the left side near the back. This switch has a “back and forth” action vice a “push down” action. A tree is provided to cover the switch.
The “push down” button switch is found in front near the title plaque (a popcorn cart is provided with the piece to cover the switch).
Hall and Fire Station – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant that is located in the back of the piece on the right side.
The “push down” button switch is located on the left side near the front.
Street Train Station – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located on the right side of the Main Street side of the piece.
Emporium – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
Arcade and New Century Jewelry – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
Café ~ Bakery ~ Ice Cream Parlor ~ Penny Arcade – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant and can be found in the back of the piece.
Palace ~ Refreshment Corner –The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
Shop ~ Opera House ~ Bank of Main Street –
The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the
Showcase ~ Magic Shop ~ 20th Century Music – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
House ~ Disneyana ~ Main Street Cinema – The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
Bros.~ Disney Clothiers ~ East Center Street - The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
Arts ~ China Closet ~ Main Street Photo ~ East Plaza Street - The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the back of the piece.
Inn - The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant and located on the far left side front of the piece.
Triton's Garden~ Snow White's Grotto - The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant and is located in the front on the right.
Pavilion~ Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room~Aladdins' Room~Aladdin's
Oasis - The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located in the right front of the piece.
to Frontier Land and Adventure Land - The “push down” button switch is covered by a red fire hydrant located on the left front side of the piece.
Garden - The “push down” button is covered by a red fire hydrant located on the left front side of the piece.
Tea Party – switch is a push button covered by a green fire hydrant and can be found on
the left side near the back of the piece.
Cruise – switch is a push button covered by a red fire hydrant and can be found to the
left of the building in the front.
Twain Riverboat – switch is a push button covered by a black and white button front near the
front of the piece on the 1st floor deck.
Orbitor – switch is a push button covered by a red fire hydrant that is found in the
back of the piece on the left side.
Mansion – switch is a push in button covered by a red fire hydrant that is found on the
left side of the piece near the back.
Daring Journey - switch is a push button covered by
a brown trash can in front of the Village Haus (to the right of the
Pirates of the Caribbean with Disney Gallery - switch is a push button covered by a green fire hydrant on the front
Peter Pan's Flight - switch is a push button
covered by a red fire hydrant and can be found near the middle in
Dumbo the Flying Elephants - switch is a push
button covered by a red fire hydrant on the left front of the
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride / Alice in Wonderland Attraction - switch is a push button covered by a brown trash can and can be found
in front of Mr. Toad's House.
Snow White's Scary Adventure - switch is a push
button covered by a red fire hydrant and can be found at the far right side of
Q: In response to a few inquiries about by-passing the timer configuration on the Main Street, U.S.A. pieces. Here is what Olszewski Fan Bruce Richards has reported. Should further clarification or questions be necessary, Bruce can be contacted through his website.
A. It’s fairly easy to
disable the timers on the Lighting
Boards. Pull off the cosmetic base of the piece and locate the circuit board
that connects all of the wires. There’s only one so it’s easy to spot. Find
the transistor on the board, it’s the small black part sticking up with three
leads attached and is labeled “8050”. On the board you’ll find an “E” marked
next to one of the three leads. A few of the pieces, like the Orbitor, have the
board mounted up-side-down so you have to remove the board to gain access to the
transistor. They’re usually just attached with hot-glue so you can cut the glue
and pull off the board without much drama – just be careful not to break any of
the little wires. Once you have access to the transistor, short the “E” lead of
the transistor to the center lead with a dab of solder or a thin piece of wire.
Make sure the solder or wire does not touch the third lead of the transistor.
The process should be reversible without damaging the board if the
soldering/wiring was done with a bit of care.
However, I have told several
collectors how to make the modification, but I recommend against it. Many of
the lamps used on the buildings have a relatively short life, on the order of a
few hundred hours, so leaving the pieces turned on will cause those lamps to
fail (it’s a particular problem with the tiny 1.2mm lamps used in the Street
Lights). I’m also concerned about the long term effects of operating the lights
and electronics on heat build up inside the pieces when running on the AC
Adaptors. I tell collectors that if they do the mod they need to monitor the
heat of the piece, especially the big resistor on the Lighting Board, and
determine if it is getting too hot for their liking. My guess is that heat
won’t be an issue when running on the AC Adaptor, but I’ve never tested it so
I’m being careful. Heat is not such an issue when running on batteries or the
Main Street Lighting Kit
So far as I know, no
collector has made the above described modification because of the lamp life
issues. But, it’s a safer modification to make on pieces that only have LED
illumination, like the Marquee, Rocket to the Moon, Souvenir Stand, and other
Q: I recently visited disneyland in california and loved your minatures of the park. I would like to start collecting the different pieces., but before i do so i want to make sure i am going to be able to purchase them all. Will the pieces be available. In addition how can i purchase the board and the accessories. Is there a list of all the pieces made so far , listing what is or isnt available? Thank you Steven
A: Steven: Thanks for your email! We intend to continue to have the Main Street Collection go on for many years. All the pieces will periodically come back and be made available. The program is based on a continuity style of release. Not everything is available all the time. It generally takes 3-4 years to re-introduce every design in the collection. This is the same with the Main Street Platform (board). We intend to produce the board as well as the Tree Accessory Packs and Lighting kit periodically. As you know right now Tree Accessory Pack #1 and the Lighting Kit are available. Tree Accessory Pack #2 is scheduled for this spring and then the board for later this fall. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date allowing us to communicate when new items are released. Go to www.olszewskistudios.com/contact.us/php.
Q: Hi to all at Olszewski Studios and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am trying to find out more about the Snow White - Miniature Casting Process piece that I have seen a couple of times on eBay. I have attached a picture. I am a collector of only Snow White and this would be a terrific addition to my collection. Is it still a retail item? Was it EVER a retail item? Have you any ideas where I could get one from? Thanks for your help in this matter, you would make a SW&7D collector from Great Britain a very happy one! Speak soon, Tony Oxtoby (AKA Magic Mirror)
A: Thank you for your email! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well. The picture you sent is called a "process stick" or also sometimes called a "progressive stick." These were produced for the sales representatives during the Goebel Miniature era when my brother was the Master Artist from 1980 to 1994. There is a lot of information on our website of Robert's nearly 40 years of art. The stages are identified from left to right as: (1) Wax Carving (2) Sterling Master produced using the "lost wax" process (3) Bronze production piece (4) Bronze painted solid white (5) First stage painted bronze (6) Final stage painted bronze
You will find a better write up at this link: www.olszewskistudios.com/TechnicalCreativeProcesses.php The particular Snow White piece is the original from the Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Collection that was sold through Grolier, a mail marketing house. Robert was commissioned to produce the set for Grolier. You will find these marked S-1 through S-8. Later, Goebel Miniatures, acquired the rights to market the item in an extended set of displays and figurines.
Q: How much did the progression (AKA Process Sticks) sets retail for when Goebel made them?
A: The process sticks (AKA Progression sets) were sold to retail dealers for around $125.00. They were to be used as marketing tools to help sell the miniatures. They were not to be used for resale, that is why we have never posted an issue price for these process sticks. Additional information about the progressive sticks or also known an process sticks can be found by clicking this link which will take you to an article published in December 1992 by Collector's Mart magazine. The article was written by Dick Hunt, author of a book published titled "the Goebel Miniatures of Robert Olszewski."
Q: Will the Pirates of the Caribbean scenes be the same size as the Haunted Mansion scenes as I am considering additional Light Displays?
A: The Pirates of the Caribbean (POTC) scenes will not be the same size as the Haunted Mansion (HM) scenes because the the lighting configuration is quite different. The light displays for the HM scenes project from the bottom-up, while the Pirate scenes project from the top-down. A Light Display will be designed specifically for the Pirate scenes. This is available for sale at this link.