For the first time, we are pleased to bring you a shocking parkeology-exclusive video. This is hard-hitting, explosive material that you won’t find anywhere else, since it was captured by our own Teevtee, who also did the write-up. The video is at the end of the article and it is indeed SHOCKING.
We have a substitute parkeologist today, but I want you all to behave yourselves. No spitballs or switching seats. Especially since it’s my sister. She’s usually found on her own blog writing clever homages to Jane Austen, but she’s crossed over today because, well, she’s musically inclined and her sharp eyes (ears?) caught this little inconsistency. Enjoy!
One of my favorite was originally designed for a ski resort which never came to fruition. The Country Bears however were already adored by Walt and the Imagineers and thus it was inserted for opening day at Disney World. It fits very nicely in Frontierland, reminiscent of a “Grand Old Opry” kind of venue. There are portraits on the walls of the lobby and it has a very rustic appeal. Once you enter the theatre, you can’t help but be swept up in the good old country spirit of the show, “clappin’ your hands and stompin’ your feet.” The songs, which are mostly written especially for this show, are usually delightful and sometimes charmingly depressing.
However, on your next visit, pay close attention to Ted of the Five Bear Rugs. When you listen to the song, “Bear Band Serenade,” Henry tells us that “Ted is on the cornjug.” He also informs us “The Bear Band Bears will play now, in the good ole key of G.” But Ted’s cornjug is marked B Flat. The song is clearly in a major key (which would indicate the jug should be B natural). Is this an oversight in the design, or a significant detail that says something about the professionalism and skill of the bears in the Band?
Whether it is oversight or intentional, it is not the worse for it. For most guests, the contradiction between the key and the markings on Ted’s jug will go unnoticed. And even for musicians, it may not stand out on the first or second visit (or even until years later, as I only noticed a couple months ago). The music contained within is fantastic, and I pity those who cannot bring themselves to clap (or stomp) along. So, if you’ve not been to the Jamboree in awhile…Y’all come back now, ya hear?
Tinkerbell wasn’t always this popular. Sure, she has been kicking off fireworks shows for decades now, but that was just because it was sort of her job, not because little girls were clamoring for more Tink. And while it’s definitely a thrill to see her glide down from the castle’s tallest spire, older Magic Kingdom visitors might remember a more up-close-and-personal encounter with Miss Bell.
At first I wasn’t sure if I had just imagined this. It’s one of those little things that pop up in memory, as if your childhood self had sent you a postcard that the U.S. Postal Service lost behind a copy machine or something for the past 20 years, and only now just got around to delivering it. But with just a little faith and trust, and some happy thoughts, I’ve managed to find some concrete evidence that my mind isn’t playing tricks on me (at least when it comes to Tinkerbell; the jury is still out on my memories of starring alongside Chaplin in an all-bunny-suit revival of “Othello”).
Once upon a time, as you boarded your pirate galleon in the loading area of Peter Pan’s Flight, you were sprinkled with Pixie Dust before taking off into the nursery. The dust came courtesy of Tinkerbell’s wand, and she was in very close proximity, hovering right next to your vehicle, visible even to the people in the queue. At some point, she was removed from this area, and your pirate ship takes off of its own accord. It might have happened when FastPass was added, but I’m pretty sure it was actually long before that, as part of a different rehab.
There are some out there that claim that the Tinkerbell figure now seen inside the ride is the same one as used to fly in the loading zone. It may be; the scale is about right. I haven’t found any photographic record of Loading Zone Tink (with Karate Chop Action!), but I know she was there. How do I know?
Because Tokyo, God bless ’em, still has her.