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Fun Find Friday

April 19, 2013

Location: Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

If you are like most Disney fans you have seen the 1964 classic film, Mary Poppins. According to Walt they used every trick they had in the book to make the film possible. That included special effects, animation, live action, and as we can see in the picture below, Audio-Animatronics:

Mary Poppins

Audio-Animatronics made their debut the previous year in Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and to make Julie Andrews' character seem practically perfect in every way, they had a robin land upon her finger which she sang "A Spoonful of Sugar" with. To make this effect possible, Julie had to wear special clothing filled with wires galore to make the robin work properly.

So how does this connect with Tomorrowland? Well, 1964 was a very big year for the Disney Company. With Mary Poppins being a huge hit in theaters, Disney also had a huge hit in New York in the 1964 World's Fair. Using every trick he had to make popular shows like It's a Small World and Carousel of Progress possible by borrowing ideas and unused items around the studio. One of those unused items? A robin that was used in the filming of Mary Poppins the year before.

As the Carousel of Progress eventually made its way to Disneyland and eventually Walt Disney World several parts of the set were changed, but our dear friend the robin remained. So next time you hear John point out that it "looks like the robins are getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day" take a look out the window on your left. Here you will find the robin he is referring to which is the same that once sat on Mary Poppins finger while singing about A Spoonful of Sugar!

Carousel of Progress

 

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