Disney Theme Park Hidden Secrets

Lions, check. Tigers, check.

Hidden Mickeys are such a big deal now for casual fans.  But these aren’t really secrets anymore, not with Disney publishing big yellow books on how to find them.  No, the real money is in finding tributes to other lesser known characters (and no, you can’t just put a bow on it and call it […]

Buggy Exit Signs

Exit signs are often taken for granted, but Imagineers don’t like to leave anything unthemed.  Even if it’s just a font change, the standard emergency exit signs that are found in most public places are crafted to blend into their environment. My favorites are the signs inside the Tree of Life Theater (otherwise known as […]

Footprints in Cement

Disney’s Hollywood Studios likes to make a big deal out of the celebrity handprints around the Chinese Theater.  And I’ve already called out the handprints of famous animators that were once easily accessible at the Animation Tour.  But there are even more celebrity footprints over by Echo Lake, and most people just walk right over […]

Kurt Russell Pwns Eric Idle

I mean this is no contest, right?  If it was Russell vs Idle in a celebrity death cage match, you go with the guy who played Snake Plissken and Wyatt Earp, not Monty Python’s Sir Robin.  And when you have a train wreck like the current incarnation of Journey Into Imagination, you want the guy […]

The Most Feared Carnivore in the Park

Forget that tubby Carnotaurus, with his cherry Kool-Aid skin and asymetrical horns.  He’s just a school-yard bully with stubby little arms.  No, how’d you like to have this bad boy coming straight at you: Yes, this velociraptor has been happily on the loose since Opening Day, roaming around an enchanting little garden, just waiting for […]

Mr. Catfish Gets His Due

Once a lonely character actor toiling away in relative obscurity, this onstage performer at Animal Kingdom has recently received some eye-opening attention that may finally allow him to break free from small time notices in parkeological blogs and enter the mainstream. Known formerly (to me) as Mr. Catfish, this performer has been a fixture of […]