October 28, 2011
Location: Sunset Boulevard, Disney's Hollywood
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!