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Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: More Movie Mirth on Main Street, U.S.A.

posted on July 6th, 2011 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Our readers sure are sharp and observant! In my recent post about the Burl Ives character, Osh Popham, represented as the proprietor of the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A., “Stephen” asked whether The Chapeau also had references to Walt Disney’s “Summer Magic” as well.

I never noticed these, but that’s what makes Disney Parks such an infinite source of delightful new discoveries on how our Imagineers go out of their way to create an infinite plethora of meticulous details – and truly set the Disney Parks experience apart from anything else.

Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: More Movie Mirth on Main Street, U.S.A.

Indeed, I found two subtle references. The Chapeau sign says “No. 63,” which was the year of “Summer Magic’s” theatrical release. Inside, the framed print of two ladies is a subtle nod to Nancy Carey (Hayley Mills’ character) and Cousin Julia (played by Deborah Walley).

As for nods to other Disney films, while I was exploring I noticed a window next to The Chapeau that was a literal wonderland. It’s a merchandise display that could have come from one of the dreams of those of us who ever wondered what it was like to travel down the rabbit hole like Alice. (Surely you’ve had these dreams, right? Oh well, maybe it’s just me.)

Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: More Movie Mirth on Main Street, U.S.A.

Against a pattern of Mary Blair-inspired right angles suggesting wall panels, our clever and crafty display folks have really done Lewis Carroll and Walt Disney proud. This is a completely wacky creation with illogical shelves, chairs, books, odd hands holding various objects, a little tray with a certain pair of gloves and watch, and a delightful tea service featuring our Wonderland Tea products.

Wonderland Tea has become one of the most popular of the Disney Parks offerings, even getting raves on specialty tea websites. If you haven’t seen the packages, take a good look on your next visit. Each of the little boxes is adorned with gorgeous artwork and adorable phrases that are a treasure trove of tributes to the Walt Disney animated classic.

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8 Comments

1

Stephen on July 7th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Holy mackerel, I inspired an official Disney blog post!
Great article! The level of detail and little hidden gems like these is what really give Disney Parks their magic.

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Aaron on July 7th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

So many such subtle details, I want to come and spend a week just looking at them and learning about them! Thanks for sharing this information!

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Thomas on July 8th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Greg, I’m pretty sure the “floating” chair in that window is a reference to the famous topsy-turvy tea party in Mary Poppins.

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Marcie on July 9th, 2011 at 9:08 am

And those teas are wonderful. Make sure to read all the instructions on how to make the tea “Curtsey while brewing, it saves time.” Very funny!!!

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marguerite on July 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am

Summer Magic is one of my favorite films. I can watch it over and over. I find it a shame that most people have never seen it. Make it a must see this summer.

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Sarah on July 10th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I’ve always loved that movie, and now that my girls know it too they’ll be delighted on our next trip to see the stores in a whole new light – of course at 5 and 3 they’ll be more delighted with the merchandise, but we gotta start somewhere.

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Samantha on July 11th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Wow another reason Disney is so great. The Details makes all the difference in the world.

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Billie on July 19th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I have that entire tea set! I love it!

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