Fiddler, Fifer and Practical are the stars of the 1933 animated short The Three Little Pigs, Fiddler and Fifer being the work-shirking music lovers and Practical being the forethinking builder of a sturdy brick house. As the story goes, Walt was inspired to create these 3 iconic characters by Dottie, Dolly and Ethel, a 1920s performing trio collectively known as The Silver Lake Sisters. In addition to singing, the sisters each played an instrument, just like their Little Pig counterparts. But unlike The Three Little Pigs, Dottie, Dolly and Ethel loved coffee and thus decided to open a coffee shop, the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe.
All over the café’s walls, you’ll see memorabilia from The Silver Lake Sisters’ heyday, from black-and-white publicity photos to posters of venues they’ve played, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel ballroom. You’ll also notice a music theme throughout, including booths inlaid with stained glass featuring instrument motifs. Outside, find open-air seating looking out on bustling Buena Vista Street and the beautiful Art Deco-style Carthay Circle fountain.
It’s the perfect place to relax, recharge and gather inspiration for your next adventure.
Dolly, Dottie and Ethel Bounds, known professionally as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical (aka the Silver Lake Sisters). They spent a good part of their lives performing the vaudeville circuit, entertaining the troops in World War I and becoming minor celebrities in nightclubs along the then‐emerging Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
After 20 years of singing, dancing and playing their instruments (Dolly on violin, Dottie on flute, Ethel on piano), the sisters decided to put down roots on Buena Vista Street. The idea came from Ethel, the practical one. She had always handled the trio’s business affairs and was constantly urging her sisters to settle down and open a legitimate business. They finally agreed, joining together to open Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, with its name an homage to their act.