Movieland Wax Museum
Movieland Wax Museum, with over 300 wax figures in 150 sets, was the largest wax museum in the United States. Located in Buena Park, California, it was one of the most popular wax museums in United States for decades. Allen Parkinson founded the museum on May 4, 1962, but sold it to the Six Flags Corporation in 1970. In 1975, Six Flags opened a Movieland Wax Museum clone called "Stars Hall of Fame" in Orlando, Florida, located near the intersection of the Bee-Line Expressway and I-4, close to Sea World and just north of Walt Disney World. However, in 1984 after a drop in attendance, the Florida museum was closed and sold to publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Having no interest in the museum but an interest in the land alone, Harcourt sold off the exhibits to the American Musical Academy of Arts Association and turned the property into a showroom for the company's educational materials. On April 1, 1985, the Six Flags Corporation sold the California-based Movieland Wax Museum to Fong & Paul Associates, the owners of the world famous Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Twenty years later, on October 31, 2005, after forty-three years in business and 10 million visitors, Movieland closed. In the museum's heyday, several actors and actresses attended the unveilings of their wax likenesses, and even went so far as to donate costumes to be worn by their likenesses, accompanied with sets replicated from well-known movie scenes. Movie themes and sound effects also added to the authenticity of the museum. A movie clapperboard on each set included the name of the wax figures and facts about the movie, props, costume, and the person whom the wax figure was modeled on. Many of the wax figures and sets from the Movieland Wax Museum were auctioned off in March 2006. The former Starlite Gift Shop in front of the museum is now a Starbucks Coffee. The Starprint Gallery, with handprints and footprints of celebrities in cement, dating from the early 1980s, still exists on the front part of the property. The tall tower sign, pictured on the right, is the tallest sign in Orange County, California. It still exists on the property. The Movieland Wax Museum property was purchased by the City of Buena Park in May 2007.

Figures Displayed

The Starprint Gallery

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Christopher Reeve as Superman
  • Elvis Presley
  • Rudolph Valentino
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Shirley Temple
  • Jean Harlow
  • Mike Myers as Austin Powers
  • George C. Scott as George S. Patton
  • Abbott and Costello
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • Greta Garbo
  • James Stewart
  • Lucille Ball
  • George Burns
  • Johnny Carson
  • Dick Clark
  • Dudley Moore
  • Ed Asner
  • Carol Burnett
  • Mae West
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Roger Moore
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Vincent Price
  • Tom Selleck
  • W. C. Fields
  • Gary Cooper
  • Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur
  • Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr from The King and I
  • John Wayne
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • the cast of Star Trek
  • the cast of The Andy Griffith Show
  • Michael Landon, Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker from Bonanza
  • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers from Top Hat
  • Raymond Burr
  • Chuck Connors
  • Alan Ladd
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Tom Cruise
  • Kevin Costner
  • Mel Gibson
  • Bill Clinton
  • Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Michael Jackson
  • Liza Minnelli
  • John Lennon
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Robin Williams
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Julia Roberts
  • Britney Spears
  • Jim Carrey
  • Ricky Martin
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from Titanic
  • Donny and Marie Osmond
  • Brad Pitt
  • John Travolta
  • Bruce Willis
  • Jackie Chan
  • Chuck Norris
  • Geena Davis
  • Madonna
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Bette Midler
  • LeVar Burton
  • Elvira
  • Mr. T
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Roseanne Barr
  • Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert from Green Acres
  • Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley from The Wizard of Oz
  • Linda Blair from The Exorcist
  • Bela Lugosi as Dracula
  • Boris Karloff from Frankenstein
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. as The Wolf Man
  • Ricou Browning as Gill-man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Marx Brothers
  • The Little Rascals
  • The Three Stooges
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from Gone with the Wind
  • Bette Davis
  • Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn from The African Queen
  • James Cagney
  • Anthony Perkins from Psycho
  • Lou Ferrigno
  • Billy Barty
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
  • Loni Anderson
  • Carol Burnett
  • Bob Newhart
  • Vincent Price
  • Gene Autry
  • Dudley Moore
  • Dorothy Lamour
  • June Allyson
  • Frankie Avalon
  • Ed Asner
  • Mike Farrell
  • James Doohan
  • DeForest Kelley
  • Liberace
  • Jack Klugman
  • Dennis Weaver
  • Adam West
  • Burt Ward
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Ray Charles
  • Mac Davis
  • Phyllis Diller
  • LeVar Burton
  • Eva Gabor
  • Marcel Marceau
  • Elvira
  • Herve Villechaize
  • Peter Fonda
  • Dorian Harewood
  • Brock Peters
  • Ja'net Dubois
  • Alex Haley
  • Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • Georg Stanford Brown
  • Beverly Todd
  • Persis Khambatta