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Fun Find Friday

October 28, 2011

Location: Sunset Boulevard, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Before we dive into this Fun Find Friday, I would like to send out a very happy birthday wish to my mom, Judi! She turns 21 once again this year! That's got to be some sort of record!

Most week's I tell a story that goes along with our fun find while leading up to the ultimate fun find (of that week)! This week, I'm going to start off by showing you the Fun Find and then sharing with you a little story that goes along with it.

Next time you are in the right waiting area for The Tower of Terror, take a look at the bookshelf that sits across from the entrance way (and to the left of the television) to find this envelope with the host of The Twilight Zone's name written upon it: Rod Serling. Pretty cool fun find, right? Well, yeah, but there's a lot more to this story than just a nod to the host of the show.

Throughout this now classic attraction are several little fun finds that deal with old Twilight Zone episodes. This is just one of them, but is easily one of my favorites. In the first season of the Twilight Zone, Keenan Wynn (who appeared in several Disney films including The Absent-Minded Professor and Herbie Rides Again) plays the part of a playwright named Gregory West in an episode entitled, A World of His Own.

During the episode Gregory's wife Victoria stumbles across a shocking revelation: her husband is in their living room sharing a drink with a woman she had never seen before! When she confronts Gregory he quickly tries to explain to Victoria that the woman he saw was in fact fictional. When Victoria continues to doubt him he begins to share a secret talent he possesses with her. It seems that whenever he writes about any person or creature in full detail that person or creature will soon appear in his living room.

Victoria proclaims that her husband is crazy, but he shows her the ultimate proof that what he is saying is true. He takes out an envelope from the safe which is marked with Victoria's name. He explains that Victoria is in fact one of his creations and not real at all. Victoria, upset by this foolishness, throws the envelope into the fire to show him how ridiculous he sounds. Instead, Victoria begins to fade away and eventually disappears.

Gregory frantically begins to write down Victoria's description once more in  order to bring his wife back. While writing he soon realizes that he would much rather be with the apparent mistress. He finishes up the mistress' description by giving her his last name.

I know, how does Rod Serling's name connect with any of this? Well, at the very end of the episode Rod comes on to explain that nothing in the episode could ever truly happen in the real world. In the background, Gregory sits by his desk and interrupts Rod by saying he shouldn't just deny things so quickly. When Rod continues to talk, Gregory shows the audience an envelope with Mr. Serling's name written upon it which he then throws into the fire. Rod then disappears from the show as well and The Twilight Zone is officially in Mr. Gregory West's hands!

Now I know you probably have one more question. If Rod Serling's name is on an envelope in the right library room, is there any reference that can be found in the left? Why yes there is! Next time you are in this room, keep your eyes peeled for an envelope with the name Victoria West written upon it!

 

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