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By Brent Dodge


March 24, 2017

Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

While researching my upcoming book, A Closer Look: At the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe has two nods to my birthday, March 24th! The two pieces of "official" paper can be found behind the toppings bar near the window closest to Splash Mountain:

Pecos Bill  Pecos Bill

The first sheet of paper is a Warrant of Authority giving Pecos Bill himself, whose current occupation is Defender of the Defenseless entitlement of the role Provisional Captaincy. the day which this honor was bestowed was the 24th day of March in 1894.

The second sheet of paper gives Widowmaker, the horse of Pecos Bill, the opportunity to join the Ranger Force of the State of Texas. Widowmaker also joined Pecos Bill in the prestigious role on the 24th day of March in 1894!


March 17, 2017

Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Just past Aunt Polly�s on Tom Sawyer Island is Catfish Cove. During The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom has to whitewash a fence as a punishment by his Aunt Polly. While he whitewashes, another schoolboy named Ben Rogers begins to poke fun at him for doing the dastardly chore. Tom convinces Ben that he�s actually doing it for fun. Eventually Tom convinces Ben, along with other boys that show up, to do his work for him and to give him items in turn to whitewash the fence.

At Catfish Cove, guests can find a half whitewashed fence along with Huck�s name written down and a words stating that Tom loves Becky, a reference to Becky Thatcher who Tom has a crush on in the novel. Prior to the change from Fastpass to Fastpass+ in 2013, paintbrushes were scattered throughout the island to connect the whitewashing aspect of the novel to the attraction. If a guest found one of the paintbrushes, they would find instructions explaining that the guest should return their paintbrush to a cast member and receive a paper Fastpass in return. Much like Tom�s friends trading their valuable items to Tom in order to whitewash, Cast Members would be trading a valued item for a whitewashing session of their own. I guess they never read the novel!

Tom Sawyer Island

March 10, 2017

Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

In 1975, Disney released a live action film starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway called The Apple Dumpling Gang. In the film, the two are bumbling bank robbers who befriend a group of children and thus form The Apple Dumpling Gang. While guests walk through the line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad they can find multiple references to the classic live action film, but one of the posters pays special tribute to the actors in the film:

Apple Dumpling Gang

During the film, Don Knotts plays the role of Theodore Ogelvie while Tim Conway plays Amos Tucker. Underneath each character's profile is a description of each actor right now to their age when the film was released (Don Knotts being  51 years old and Tim Conway being 42!


March 3, 2017

Location: Adventureland, Disneyland Paris

A few weeks ago we took a look at the entrance of Adventureland in Disneyland Paris to discover the connection it had to the True Life Adventure films:

Disneyland Paris

There is a detail hidden in the picture above, however, that we didn't touch. Notice that small circle in the bottom right corner? Most people that walk by probably think it's just some sort of clever design to add a little more life to the mosaic found here, but in reality it's a signature!

In the past we've talked about how rare it is for Disney Imagineers to be able to leave their mark in the parks by signing their artwork. There have been exceptions that have been cleverly done like the mosaic found in front of The Land pavilion at Epcot or the mosaic found inside Cinderella Castle (must be a mosaic thing). Unlike previous signatures though, this one is a little more unique:

Adventureland Disneyland Paris 

The circle consists of three letters offering up the signature to the entire Imagineer team at WDI, or Walt Disney Imagineering!


February 24, 2017

Location: Muppets Courtyard, Disney's Hollywood Studios

This week we are heading back to the relatively new Pizzarizzo restaurant in the Muppets Courtyard. On the second floor of the restaurant is a reception area which is set up to look like a reception hall for a wedding. Prior to entering, guests will see this sin next to the door:


In 1984, the Muppets starred in their third full length feature film, Muppets Take Manhatten. The film follows the characters as they achieve their greatest dream of landing a show on Broadway. With all of their dreams coming true, Kermit and Miss Piggy decide that it's probably time for the two of them to finally get married. There's just one problem. Kermit is hit by a car, gets amnesia, and due to the fact that he doesn't wear clothes, has no type of identification on him.

Kermit gets into an advertising agency where he tells the staff that his name is Phil. He then learns that the people who work at the agency are named Gil, Jill, Lill, Will, and Bill. Kermit, under the name Phil, becomes quite the ad man by making slogans like "Ocean Breeze Soap will make you clean." Eventually Kermit regains his memories, performs on Broadway, and marries Miss Piggy.

So while looking at the board, we see the line "Somebody Got Married!" which is a reference to the final song in the film, "Somebody's Getting Married." Underneath that we see that the wedding is for Gil and Lill who are the daughters of Will and Jill and son of Phil and Bill. This is obviously referencing Kermit's time as an advertising guru.  The final line shows that the band playing at the wedding is the Electric Mayem, which is the name of the band that is part of the Muppets starring Dr. Teeth!



February 17, 2017

Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Just before guests enter into Grizzly Hall, home of the Country Bear Jamboree, you will be greeted by two signs on the front poles stating the fun that awaits you inside. If you take a loook at the back portion of these poles behind the signs, you can find an instrument that has been painted on the pole in yellow. While it may not seem like much, an observant guest may notice that it's a two dimensional painting of Tennessee Bear's "thang" with two differences. The one pictured here has two strings and instead of the heart shaped design, it is accompanied by two squiggly lines. Why is that?

Tennesse Bear's thang

Taking a look back at the front of the pole, you can see that the promotional artwork features Tennessee Bear with his thang which pictured features multiple strings, no heart, but the bird that sits at the top is still present. The lesson here? Even Ursus H. Bear, founder of Grizzly Hall, does a little bit of false advertising!

Country Bear Jamboree


February 10, 2017

Location: Adventureland, Disneyland Paris

Adventureland at Disneyland Paris is one of the most intricate and detailed lands in any Disney park around the world. From the detailed roots in the caves on Adventure Isle, to the detailed drawings near the restrooms, to an often overlooked detail at the entrance to Adventureland:

Disneyland Paris Adventureland

Before taking a look at the detail found in the picture below, we should start out by discussing how the concept of Adventureland first took shape. When Disneyland was in the early stages of development, Walt disney had just launched a nature series that aws highly successful. The series depicted  various animals in their natural habitats around the world. When Disneyland was being worked on, Walt's vision was to bring those True Life Adventures to life in the form of a land called true Life Adventureland.

Eventually, the True Life portion of the name was dropped and Adventureland became a symbolism of far off locations that visitors may never have a chance to explore in the world themselves.

So how does this all connect? When the true Life Adventure logo would appear on the start and end of the film it consisted of a globe inside a compass that included 12 directions besides the typical North, south, East, and West. The globe would rotate to show all portions of the globe, so it's only fitting on the other side of the Atlantic, the entrance to Adventureland features both ends of the True Life Adventure logo!

True Life Adventure True Life Adventure logo


February 3, 2017

Location: Parking Lot, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Do you remember the wand that was placed over Spaceship Earth? The wand was placed there originally as part of the Millennium Celebration that occurred throughout Walt Disney World in the year 2000. In order to celebrate, Disney released a special logo for the year that featured the number 2000 with the three circles creating a Mickey. The logo was scattered everywhere throughout property and while most references of the logo are gone, there's one that remains in a most obscure location.

Dinosaur 38

That's right In row Dinosaur 38 of the Disney's Animal Kingdom parking lot is where we are heading today. If you were to walk to the first light pole found in the aisle, take a look on the ground towards the front of the parking spot associated with the pole. Here you will find the remnants of the logo still paved into the ground:

Disney millennium logo


January 27, 2017

Location: Adventureland, Disneyland

For years Disney has been hiding their characters from previous and future films inside of their films. For instance, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast can be found in the Sultan's toy collection in Aladdin, Rapunzel and Flynn are seen attending Elsa's coronation in Frozen, and Mrs. Potts and Chip can be found in the Trashing the Camp scene in Tarzan.

When Disney transformed the Swiss Family Treehouse in Disneyland to Tarzan's Treehouse, it was decided that the film wouldn't be the only time Mrs. Potts and Chip would make an appearance. While exploring the lower grounds of Tarzan's Treehouse, take a look in the back section of the pots and pans area on the ground level to see Mrs. Potts and Chip hanging out, just like in the film!

tarzan's Treehouse


January 20, 2017

Location: Muppet Courtyard, Disney's Hollywood Studios

A few weeks ago we took a look at a Fun Find inside the newly opened Pizzerizzo restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. While the majority of the details found at the restaurant can be experienced at any time during the day, today's you can only see specifically at night and it deals with this sign:


As you can see, the sign states that Pizzarizzo has "The City's Top Rated Pizza." While that sign may increase your need to dine at this new location, guests who stick around and watch the sign at night are in for another surprise where the sign reveals the true ingredients of the pizza:


That's right, with some letters fading away, wee see that Pizzerizzo is actually "Rat Pizza!"


January 13, 2017

Location: New Orleans Square, Disneyland

Sitting above Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland is an empty apartment that was once intended to be used by Walt Disney and his brother Roy during their overnight trips to the park. Most people know of Walt's apartment above the Main Street Fire Station, but this one would have offered up more space and more bedrooms for family and friends. In 2005, during the Year of a Million Dreams giveaway, the space was converted into the Dream Suite where one lucky guest could stay in the room for a single night:

Disneyland Dream Suite

One of the most overlooked parts of the suite can be seen from New Orleans Square in the ironwork on the patio overlooking the Rivers of America. Here in the ironwork guests can see in gold the initials WD and RD reminding us that this place was once intended for Walt Disney and Roy Disney!

Walt and Roy


January 6, 2017

Location: Discovery Island, Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life is one of the most amazing sights that Disney has ever created in one of its theme parks. Upon the tree are roughly 325 animals carved each with their own unique look and story behind them.

Tree of Life

One animal, however, needs to be looked at a little closer. Have you ever noticed the uniqueness of the bear that sits on the East side of the tree:

Tree of Life

While at first look it's easy to realize how amazing the carving of the bear is, but what most people don't notice is the object inside the bear's mouth. Here we can see a fish that the bear has captured marking the only spot on the Tree of Life where one animal is eating another animal!



Past Fun Find Fridays

Magic Kingdom

Main Street, USA
     - Now Casting
     - Let's try and stay on task
     - Music Lessons?
     - The Proprietor of the Emporium
     - Playlist
     - Sharing the Magic
     - The Vandals of Main Street
     - Walt's Tie Tack
     - When did this open?
     - Check Mate
     - Sweet Transition
     - Marci Daviso
     - A non-American flag?
     - A Pirate's Life for Ye
     - The Pirate and the Parrot
     - Looking for movie gold!
     - Shipping Crates
     - What's it taste like?
     - Walk through of the Treehouse
     - Walt's Organ
     - Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
     - Butterfly in the sky...
     - Harper's Mill
     - Hidden Tinkerbell
     - Hey Chief
     - I wonder what happened to Rosita...
     - King of the Mississippi
     - Old Mill
     - Perry the Platypus' skull
     - Planet Hollywood of the West
     - Professor Isobar
     - Texas John Slaughter
     - The Sky's the Limit
     - Walt's Grandfather
     - Western River Expedition
     - What's in a name?
     - Young Love
Liberty Square
     - Busted
     - Don't go Coffin
     - Fourth of July
     - Gholishly good party
     - A Good Book
     - Grandpa Marc
     - How many lives does he get?
     - I wouldn't step there...
     - Interlocking Hands
     - Keeping it in the Family
     - Madame Leota in human form
     - Organ Donor
     - Poor Richard
     - Shipping Out
     - Shot Heard Round the World
     - Smooth transition
     - Staying Grounded
     - Two you must sea
     - A Giant Surprise!
     - A Crowning Achievement
     - At the Stroke of 12
     - Family Crests
     - Firehouse Five Plus Two
     - Get the point?
     - Get Frozen
     - Hidden Mary Blair
     - Higgitus, whattigus?
     - Jaq and Gus
     - Jousting for attention
     - Just one golden sun?
     - Lasseter Point
     - Make it Pink!
     - Map it out
     - My Way or the Skyway
     - Nautilus
     - Oh Deer
     - Return of Snow White
     - Snow White walk through
     - Steamboat Willie
     - Waking up Tinker Bell
Storybook Circus
     - What's your sign?
     - H2 oh Yeah!
     - Talk about your baggage
     - That's just plane crazy!
     - Firehouse Five...
Mickey's Toontown Fair
     - Punny Book
     - 1401 - The Sequel!
     - Delta Dreamflight
     - Gears
     - Gone, but not Forgotten
     - Mary Poppins in Tomorrowland?!?!
     - Roger, Roger!
     - Schwartz
     - Stitch's Great Translation
     - Translate?
     - Want to grab a drink?
     - A Wonderful Place
      - A Hidden Walt?
      - Don't look in the eyes!
      - A Jack of all Trades
      - It's Really Not So Scary


Future World
     - Carousel of Progress in Spaceship Earth
     - Cutting Edge or go with the flow?

     - Oh! There you are!
     - History lesson
     - Light of the (Future) World
Future World East
     - The Car of the Future!
     - Full Moon
     - Getting ahead
     - World of Motion
     - Finding FDR
Future World West

     - The Center of the World
     - Dig a Little Deeper
     - Doors for the Imagination
     - Figment's Autograph
     - Hidden Epcot
     - Honey, I Called the Figment
     - In the big long line, you're gonna go explore!
     - The Living Seas Logo
     - Pig Latin?
     - Are you Brave enough?
     - Hidden Character
      - Back, Back, Over the Falls
      - The Denmark Pavilion?
      - Grete Waitz
American Adventure
     - It's Story time!

     - Stationary, but Amazing
     - A Tribute to Dad
     - A Towering achievement!

     - Tale as Old as Time...

United Kingdom
     - What's in a Name?
     - Write place, Write Time

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Animation Courtyard
     - A New Hope

     - And at last you see the light
     - C3P0's arm
     - Thanks for the Memories!
     - Lost Lost Boy
     - Minnie Mouse posters
     - More Minnie Mouse posters
     - The Original Star Tours
     - The Rocketeer
     - World of Motion
Echo Lake
     - Don't Pull the Rope
     - Gertie the Dinosaur
     - Holly Vermont
     - Indy's Tank
     - Is the Empire here?
     - It's a Wonderful Crate
     - Paynefully Punny

     - What a pane!
     - Who is the Rocketeer?
     - Writing on the Wall
     - You are the star!
     - You've Got Mail
Hollywood Boulevard
     - Happy Valentine's Day

     - Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet
     - What's in a name?
Pixar Place
     - Decoding the Message
- Stuck on fun finds, and they are stuck on me
Muppets Courtyard
- Out of this world!
Streets of America
     - A Net Full of Jello

     - Bella Notte
     - Characters of Star Tours
     - Do you have the time?
     - It's time to light the lights...
     - Learn some Elf Control
     - The Lights Awaken
- Mighty Microscope
     - Once Upon A Time...
- This is Captain Rex from the cockpit.
     - This news is looking Up
     - Wait for it
     - Walt's Subway Experience
     - Where are you Buzz?
Sunset Boulevard
- Break in case of Emergency
     - Don't be sad!
     - Don't turn your back on us!
     - Down at the car wash
     - Drop on by!
     - Game On!
     - Listen up
     - Red Car
     - Special Delivery for Mr. Serling!

     - To Serve Man
     - Walt's First Car

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Discovery Island
         - The creator of the Tree of Life
        - Sit back and relax
        - Trunk Space
Camp Minnie-Mickey
        - Grandmother Willow
         - Bench meaning
         - Cattle Call
         - Hidden Baloo
        - Jaclose? No, Jafar
        - Joe Rohde
        - Nahtazu
         - Not too shabby!
         - Swahili Mickey
        - Tape it up
        - Translation, please!
Rafiki's Planet Watch
        - Talk about your truck space
         - Over where the sun Shrines
         - Tiger in the Rough
         - Where do I need to go?
Dinoland, USA
         - Another Day, another Dollar
         - Hold the Mustard
         - License and Registration
         - Translation please!
         - Parking is how much!?!?
         - Dinosaurs and Superheroes?
         - Need some travel advice?
         - One to Grow On
         - Wait, is that a map?
         - Water Tower
         - A Dragon! A Dragon! I swear I saw a Dragon!
         - Players of the Game

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

     - Board?
     - Check it out you blockhead!
     - Country Bears
     - Don't huff and puff
     - Goofy's Periodic Table of Elements
     - Max out the fun!
     - Pablo the Penguin
     - Paint with all the colors...
Pleasure Island
     - Not just a walkway!
     - Are those train cars?
The Landing
     - Captain Rex
     - Empress Lilly
     - Kungaloosh Passport
     - Lighter Up!
- Reggie
     - Staff of Ra
     - Walt's Dream
Town Center
     - A History Lesson
West Side
     - That's a Mouth Full!
     - Who is the fairest one of all?


All-Star Sports
     - Batter up?
     - Hidden Steve
Beach and Yacht Club
     - Keep your drawers on!
     - This one won't life you up
     - Bakery Proprietor
     - Five Legged Goat
     - Watch out!
Fort Wilderness and Campground
     - Doc Terminus!
Grand Floridian Villas
     - Martin Short's other cameo
     - Mary Poppins in the lobby
     - Mary Poppins in the rooms
     - Uh-Oa
Pop Century
     - Don't Juke
     - Looking at Pops
     - Strike!
Port Orleans Riverside
     - Steamboat Willie
Art of Animation
     - Gadgets and Gizmos and Honey
     - A famous Picture?
     - Another Famous Painting?
     - Are you on the level?
Saratoga Springs
     - All opposed, say neigh
Wilderness Lodge
     - Flowers and Trees
     - Hidden Humphrey the Bear

Walt Disney World

     - 1401
     - Mohave Oil Company
     - Mr. Lonely
     - Nothing's Impossible
     - Plane Crazy
     - Safety begins with ye
     - South Seas Club
     - Stairs to Where?
     - Transportation Cards
     - What's in a Name?

Main Street, USA
     - Coke Corner
     - Walt's Apartment
     - Is that a leprechaun?
     - Obi-Wan?
     - King of the Wild Frontier
New Orleans Square
    - Bunch of Bone Heads
    - Come Sail Away
    - Mary Poppins Table
    - Shipping
     - Stationary, but Amazing
     - Strange Markings
     - Aurora's Birthday Cake
     - Clopin's Music Box
     - Don't Pass(port) this up!
     - Laugh-O-Gram
     - Mickey Statue
     - Package for Mr. Giant
     - Get me a drink
     - Sing like the birdies sing

Disney California Adventure
Buena Vista Street
     - Dick Tracy Lives!
     - Is that you Ub?
     - Nine Old Men
A Bug's Land
     - Four Leaf Clover
     - Driving Range
     - "Eye" Spy
     - Knick Knack
     - Return of 1401
     - Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue

Disneyland Hotel
Frontier Tower
     - Mickey Crockett

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Park
     - The Phantom of the Manor
     - Fireplace
     - Sept Nains

Walt Disney Studios Park
Toon Studio
     - Bob's Fish Mart

Disney Village
     - Step right up and come on in...

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic
     - Captain Jack's private island
     - Smooth Transition
     - Sorcerer Mickey?
Disney Fantasy
     - Don't walk all over me!

Walt Disney Studios

     - Crossroads of the World

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