Fun Find Friday
June 1, 2012
Location: Main Street, USA, Magic Kingdom
Disney is a constantly changing place. While some
attractions disappear for new ones, sometimes new attractions keep
evolving in order to figure out their identity. That is definitely
the situation for the Mickey Mouse meet and greet over on Main
While this meet and greet debuted nearly two years
ago the queue to meet Mickey hasn't 100% found its personality, but
it sure is getting close! After going through the main line you
enter a small hallway which used to feature blank walls, but all of
that has changed and we now have enough Fun Finds in this room alone
to last us half a year. We are going to focus on just one for today,
Just after entering the room on your left hand side
you'll find the following picture:
One thing I have always loved is when Disney puts
together two of its brands to make a sort of mesh. As you can see
from the picture above a play is going to be going on at Town Square
Theater (the theater which you are in while meeting Mickey). The
play? The Headless Horseman. This is a nice little nod to the 1949
film, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
During the film, schoolmaster Ichabod Crane falls
for a lovely girl in town, Katrina. Unfortunately for him, the
Gaston of the two, Brom Bones, also is in love with Katrina.
Eventually Brom Bones scares off Ichabod in hopes that Katrina and
he can be together forever. The classic Disney characters have come
to put on the play and Disney really went into their archives to
find a cast.
Let's start with the most obvious: Brom Bones is
played by Peg Leg Pete, the oldest Disney character. Katrina is
played by Clara Cluck. Clara made her debut back in the 1930s with
Mickey but she was eventually phased out of cartoons in the late
30s/early 40s. The final character, Ichabod Crane himself, is
portrayed by Dippy Dawg. Who is Dippy Dawg exactly?
Dippy Dawg was the original name for Goofy (in the
short Mickey's Revue). By throwing the name Dippy Dawg into the mix,
Disney has helped establish the storyline by a whole lot sharing
with us that the magic show we are about to watch is set back in the
1930s, when a goof was simply known as a dog.
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