Fun Find Friday
January 21, 2011
Location: Magic Kingdom: Main
|Ahh, the Emporium! A shop that
nearly every guest at the Magic Kingdom will enter at one
point or another during their trip. In fact, they will most
likely pass through the entrance shown on the picture to the
right. What most don't realize is they are passing one of
the greatest finds on Main Street, USA!
In 1963 Disney released a live action film starring Haley
Mills, Burl Ives, and Dorothy McGuire called "Summer Magic."
The film focused on a widow (Dorothy McGuire) from Boston
moving with her kids to a small town in Maine that they once
When they arrive in Maine the family meets Postmaster and
small business owner "Osh" Popham (Burl Ives). "Osh," who
tends to stretch the truth, just wants to bring happiness to
the new residents in town and is loved by all.
I know, "Brent, why on earth are you telling us all of
this?" Well, eight years after the film was released, Walt
Disney World opened. While Imagineers were putting details
into all areas of the park a question arose: Who should be
the proprietor of the Magic Kingdom's Emporium?
The question was quickly answered after someone brought up the name
"Osh" Popham, the lovable store owner in Summer Magic. In order to
honor "Osh," the two windows next to the entrance in the picture
above have a nice little nod to the proprietor of the Magic
Kingdom's most popular shop.
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