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Donald Being Donald

posted on May 26th, 2010 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Donald Being Donald
It seems that Donald Duck just can’t help himself sometimes. When I first saw this statue of Donald in Disneyland park from this angle, I couldn’t help but see the humor in his pose. What do you think he’s saying?

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Andrew on May 26th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hey I took that same picture.


John on May 26th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

hahah, never noticed that.. he’s imitating his own kinda silly way.. I think.


Jason from Hampshire on May 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

love it! hes saying “get outta the way, the guests cant see me!” Lol.


Robert on May 26th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Donald Duck, “And over here is where we will put Donald’s Duck Pond Palace. It’ll be the most visited attraction yet.”


Jeremy on May 26th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Oh my word! Its like hes saying “Walt You never are giving the treatment as you did Mickey! its like im child #2! Do you have favorites?” very cute i laughed out loud.


Susie on May 26th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

How funny! I never thought of that! My nieces, now 24 and 13, have always used Donald by putting their chins on his extended hand and taking a picture. It’s the cutest picture! As if Donald is holding their face! =)


Fred from CA on May 26th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Great picture.
I love Donald!


Cody from AZ on May 26th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

He’s imitating Mickey like always. “M-I-C. See you real soon. K-E-Y. Why? Because we like you. M-O-U-S-E. Mickey Mouse – Donald Duck!”


Denise on May 26th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

That poor Donald doesn’t get the respect he deserves. LOL


Alisha on May 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

This is great! You definitely see the park with a different perspective, I’m always excited to see you new photos! Next time I go I want to try this :)


Alex from CA on May 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Mickey Mouse…DONALD DUCK!!!!! Mickey Mouse…DONALD DUCK!!!!

He’s saying, “Wait a minute… I’M Walt’s favorite. Oh no you di-int!” (with his hand on his hip and everything.)

When I used to be an attractions CM, walking across Main Street in the early morning to get to Jungle or Thunder (or my favorite, Tiki Room!!), I would always stop and take a moment in front of this statue to enjoy being one of the only people on Main Street. With the early morning fog hanging over the castle, the lights from main street twinkling with the dew… it was always a magical moment to help me start my day.


Denise from CA on May 26th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Donald, “Walt, I’m next. Here is my hand so we can take a picture just like you and Micky! I’m a partner too!”


Matthew on May 26th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Donald — Well, ain’t this just typical.
Walt — Shhh, Donald,you’re disturbing the guests.
Donald — *&#@$*!!!!


Maayan from WA on May 26th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Donald is holding up Mickey and Walt! He is everyone’s support system 😀


Jason on May 26th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Personally, I’ve always favored Donald over Mickey. Mickey has acted more as a straight man in his cartoons, but Donald always had something hilarious happen to him.


Mark on May 26th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I look at it this way: Donald is behind them, wishing he was holding Walt’s hand, instead of Mickey. What a wonderful photo!


Isabelle from QC on May 26th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

“See, I can do it too ! He’s not better than me” … as always ! “I can ben the leader, I can help Noa, I can wear this hat…” We say what happened 😛 Mickey, stay where you are !!!


Robert from PA on May 26th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I can be just as BIG as mickey just give me a chance, I’ll show everyone lol


Shawna from BC on May 26th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Imitating Walt! that’s just sooo Donald! do you think they did that on purpose or just a funny coincidence?


W from WA on May 26th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I believe it looks like Donald is honoring his friends, Mickey and Walt. I think Donald is saying, “Here are two of the greats of the world, I couldn’t love them more.”


Jeanie on May 26th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

“Hey! Wait for me!”


Kitty on May 26th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

“I’ve got the whole world in my hand”! Well at least one of the greatest pieces of it…


Darci on May 26th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Donald is always wierd


Catherine on May 26th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I can hear him saying something, but like usual I can not understand a single word of it….


rachel on May 26th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

by far one of the cutest things ever :)


April on May 26th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I think he’s saying what he always says! “DONALD DUCK!” :)


Tim on May 27th, 2010 at 12:51 am

Hey Walt, don’t forget about me!


dave from BC on May 27th, 2010 at 11:27 am

Great picture, Paul!


Claire on May 27th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

As a former DPI Photography CM, when I see this photo I hear the echoes of my orientation and our Lead saying,”As you walk up Main Street, you see Walt and Mickey hand in hand. As they stand there, Walt says to Mickey,’Look at all those people, look at how happy they are. We did this. The magic that touches them in this happy place. It will stay with them.” It made me tingle from head to toe. As I see Donald depicted behind them in this photo, something rings in my head that says,”The magic will always stay, Donald will always make sure there is a child or visitor with a smile.”


Andrea on May 28th, 2010 at 10:00 am

so cute!!!


Chris on May 28th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Wasn’t one of Donald’s usual lines, “Hey, what’s the big idea??” That’s what I hear.

And yeah, Maayan’s right…from this perspective, it’s like he’s holding them up on a platter. = )

Alex, I dug your story. What an awesome way to start the day!


Nita from CA on June 8th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

When I look at the statue and Donald’s friendly hand gesture, I see it as a salute to Walt. I think he’s saying, “Hey Uncle Walt, thanks for creating such a magical place for everyone to enjoy! I’d like to be up there next to you but my best friend, Mickey, deserves the place of honor.”


Michael on June 16th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Hey Walt, Can you hold my hand too?