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Here’s an interesting Disneyland detail! In the window of one of the Main Street shops — right next to the Carnation restaurant — there is a display of old-fashioned toys. One of these is a traditional Stack of Cows.
Today, few people remember that a cow-stacking set (a dozen progressively smaller cows sold in a tin container shaped like a milk bottle) was a traditional present for American children around the time Walt Disney was a youth. Back then, these were as common on Christmas morning as Noah’s Arks, rolling hoops, and documents of factory indenture!
We have just returned from our most recent Disneyland research trip (hence the resounding silence of the last few days), and have a few interesting (sic.) things to share with you before we return to our current mania for posting the contents of other people’s mail.
One thing we noticed for the first time at Disneyland was the pattern of window cutouts in the homes in Toontown. Take a look:
- Minnie’s house shows heart cutouts, because she’s so full of love.
- Mickey’s house has diamonds, because he’s the shining jewel of Toontown.
- Goofy’s house has clubs, because his house is a clubhouse.
- Pluto’s dog house (not pictured here) has spades, but we’re not sure why.
Any theories on why there is a card theme to these cutouts? Or why Donald’s boat has circles instead of more card-related shapes?
We are sure there is some deep meaning here, but are unable to puzzle it out.
Disneyland is well known for its holiday attraction overlays, but Disney California Adventure is poised to take some of the holiday spotlight away from its older sibling. We’re going to have to wait until 2014 for “Santa Soarin’ Over California” and the much-rumored “Tower of Tinsel,” but several more subtle Christmas additions have been made to attractions this year.
The ornament-firing game in Midway Mania is probably the most high-profile overlay, and the hint of jingle bells in the California Screamin’ launch noise the most subtle. Our favorite, though, is pictured below.
Disneyland spared only a certain amount of expense on this year’s transformation of the Jungle Cruise into the generic-winter-holiday-but-mostly-Christmas-themed Jingle Cruise. Today, we are going to share a few photos of the merriment added to the attraction’s queue, and we’ll show you some of the elements from within the actual attraction in a couple of days.
The first thing that many guests will notice is that the Jingle Cruise is not in Adventureland, it’s in Advent Land! It’s amazing how much theming can be done by just nailing up a few boards.
Another simple holiday change, the attraction’s upper-level exit lights are now a holiday-appropriate red and green, instead of just the stodgy, Scroogey, legally required red.
While we’re upstairs, let’s take a look at the animatronic bird above the stairs. He is certainly ready for the holiday!
Many items were added to the ground floor of the queue as well. Our favorite was these packages:
They’re all addressed as gifts and sport snazzy Albert Schweitzer stamps (named for that famous postal worker, Dr. Albert Stamp). You can even peel back a corner to see the back side of postage!
That’s all for now. See you on Wednesday with more photos!
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Apparently, castmembers in the role of Santa’s elves in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been inundated by requests for “elfie” pictures. This has led to a few problems because a) they are a little wary of handling guests’ cell phones, and b) many elves wear gloves, making it impossible to operate a touch screen.
For these reasons, many guests are holding the phone for the elf and, if the elf can’t take the picture, pushing the button themselves. This leads to a philosophical question — if the guest helps take the photo, is it a legitimate elfie, or must the elf both hold the camera and take the picture for it to be official? At this point, despite copious requests from the media, the Walt Disney Company has not taken a position. We at DisneyLies.com are committed to keeping you abreast of this issue, and will post updates as need be.
In the meantime, if you are able to take a successful elfie in one of Disney’s parks, please forward it to us so we can add it to our database (and, perhaps, share it with the other blog readers).
Is this a photo of bigfoot in line for Space Mountain?
One of the things we love most about Disneyland is the little details. In the new Fantasy Faire area, we noticed this for the first time on our last visit:
Off in the distance, behind the Royal Theater, it’s Rapunzel’s tower peeking over the top of the canopy! This is such a lovely bit of statuary that we immediately went to City Hall and requested that it be moved somewhere to make it more centrally visible, but even if Disney keeps it where it is it’s a delightful treat when discovered!