Thursday, September 26, 2013

Meet Minnie area of DHS *brimming* with tributes and inside jokes

Run, don't walk, to the new Meet Minnie attraction in Disney's Hollywood Studios (in the Magic of Disney Animation building) if you are a fan of insider jokes, tributes, and homages. There are a ton!

  1. The Jungle Cruise poster names a Disney park ride
  2. That same poster mentions July 17, the date when Disneyland opened in Anaheim
  3. The JC poster also mentions Imagineering legends and executives such as Patrick Brennan, John Lasseter, Harper Goff, Bill Evans, and Marc Davis.
  4. Disney characters are all over the posters, including one of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (who is also mentioned separately in the Casablanca "Casamousa" poster).
  5. The Mary Poppins poster mentions Kent Powers, a character from Quack Pack, part of the Disney Afternoon shows of the 1990s. You'll also find mention in various places of Drake Mallard (the other identity of Darkwing Duck), Fenton Crackshell (DuckTales), Webigail Vanderquack).
  6. The "Bride of Frankenollie" is not just a Frankenstein reference - it honors animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.
  7. The same Frankenollie poster mentions Harrison Hightower IV, a character invented for the Tower of Terror in Tokyo DisneySea. 
  8. The "Mouse Pacific" (South Pacific) poster mentions the Sherman Brothers
  9. The credits to Mouse Pacific offer doubled references to the Tiki Room, with each emcee bird mentioned as the first name, and the last name of the voice actor given. "Michael Burley" references the bird Michael, voiced by Fred Burley, for instance. The others are Jose Boag (Wally Boag), Fritz Ravenscroft (Thurl Ravenscroft), and Pierre Newton (Ernie Newton).
  10. In the background of Mouse Pacific, on the right side, can be seen the Tiki Room as it appears in the Magic Kingdom
  11. Near the Tiki Room image is a bird in flight; this is the Orange Bird, the original sponsor of the area when it was called Tropical Seranade. 
  12. The Cleopatra poster is "presented" by Mortimer Mouse, Walt's name for his new creation that his wife Lillian renamed to Mickey. 

Jeff Lange's video captures the action quite well (the thumbnails above are from his video):

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.