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.
Okay everyone. I’m here to confirm for you that there is something big happening at WDW. I’m not referring to the press event of last week, which announced the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade. You haven’t missed any new ride planning sessions, or rehearsals for the next major show. And no, we haven’t received confirmation that the Hat is coming down (a whole year of a million other dreams, yet that one is still outstanding).
I am talking about the big kahuna, the event to end all events, the one we’ve all been waiting for. Finally, at long last, the EPCOT monorail beams are being cleaned.
Only in the Disney internet community can we make a big deal out of some powerwashing, but in this case, the fans are right. The difference between the purified beams and the unwashed leper beams is striking. Disney deserves a little chiding for letting it get to this state, but it also deserves some credit for doing something about it. They’ve made it partially around Future World (on the Test Track side), and one wonders if they’re going to quit, since the rest of the track continues out over water. But hopefully they’ll finish the job before the newly cleaned beams laps back into wavy stink lines like that character from “Peanuts.”
Apparently birds love the newly cleaned beams — not surprising, since birds love newly washed cars also. They were perching on the beams in great numbers when I was there Saturday (you can see one in the photo above), leading to one of those great Walt Disney World rarities: The elegant honk of a Monorail horn. It sounds more Tugboat than Amtrak, and it did indeed scare the birds off the beam for just a moment. It’s a sound seldom heard, so if you see those birds, it might be worth waiting for the monorail to pass by, just so you can mock it for blowing its nose. In case you don’t want to wait, here’s a brief youtube video of the horn (Disneyland’s version, but they sound very similar).
Take a look at that picture, will you? Shameful, right? A beautiful, well-landscaped beach right next to Mexico in World Showcase, and Disney slaps some tacky lawn ornaments on it.
I honestly don’t know what they were thinking. I guess they are trying to recapture a bit of the past. Long time Epcot visitors may recall that for a few years, this space between the Odyssey and Mexico actually housed real live flamingos. You could take pictures of them and everything. Then one day, whoosh! They vanished.
The history of the flamingos is somewhat murky. They may have been transplanted to Epcot when Discovery Island closed. And then when Animal Kingdom opened, Disney might have decided that they couldn’t have live animals in the other parks. Unless you were pulling a trolley up and down a hot street in the Florida sun, you couldn’t be seen in any park outside of Animal Kingdom. So the flamingos packed up and moved over to the AK Oasis, and eventually Discovery Island. The AK Discovery Island, I mean. Not the original Discover Island. It gets confusing with the names, I know.
The prevailing wisdom is that the flamingos got really handy with a yo-yo, bet everything on Fantasia 2000, and then were left penniless and stranded in California when the movie failed to meet box office expectations. Regardless, this stretch of beach is now empty, except during the Flower and Garden Festival, when a Donald topiary moves in.
We miss you, flamingos.