Fun Find Friday
July 15, 2011
Location: United Kingdom, Epcot
Over in the back room of The Toy Soldier at the
United Kingdom you can find one of the greatest meet and greet areas
found throughout Walt Disney World. The characters here are Winnie
the Pooh and Tigger, but that's not the reason this meet and greet
is so great, nor is it the fact that this meet and greet almost
always has no wait. The Fun Find for this Pooh themed week (and the
reason why this area is so great) is actually found on the book
shelf within this room:
So what's all on this shelf exactly? Quite a bit.
Let's start from the right and work our way to the left.
This is the most obvious Pooh reference in the area.
There are several letters found stuffed into a small little area
with the majority being addressed to Mr. Sanders of 100 Acre Woods
West. Who is Mr. Sanders? Well, Mr. Sanders is the name on the sign
which sits out front of Winnie the Pooh's house! To the left of this
letter you can find the following:
Here we can find some old photographs that seem to
have some significance, but what is it exactly? The Winnie the Pooh
character we all know and love was adapted from the classic stories
of Winnie the Pooh written by English author, A.A. Milne. Milne got
his inspiration for his stories about Pooh Bear from his son and his
stuffed teddy bear. His sons name? Christopher Robin of course! To
honor Christopher Robin, the boy who inspired one of the most
lovable characters of all time, Disney placed the three photographs
seen above of Christopher Robin as a child as a sort of thank you.
Moving on to our final item on the desk:
After seeing this typewriter the reference becomes
pretty obvious. You have letters addressed to Mr. Sanders, you have
pictures of Christopher Robin, you may as well put out a typewriter
giving recognition to A.A. Milne, the author who would have written
the stories on a typewriter similar to the one seen above.
However, there's more to this typewriter than
actually meets the eye. I've been told by several different Cast
Members on several different occasions an interesting tidbit about
this specific typewriter. Not only is it an exact model of one of
the typewriters A.A. Milne used to write the Winnie the Pooh stories
on, this is in fact, one of the ACTUAL typewriters he used to write
the stories of Pooh, Piglet, Owl, and the rest of our friends in the
Hundred Acre Woods.
So there you have it! Actual pictures of Christopher
Robin and one of the typewriters owned by A.A. Milne! Make sure you
stop by the room on your next visit and type Winnie the Pooh out
here. While doing so think about a simple fact: You are typing the
name of one of the most lovable characters of all time on the same
typewriter that character was born!
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