Being the multi-cultural phenomenon that the world of Disney is, it’s easy to think of the icons that mean Disney: the castles, the mice, the fireworks, the rides, the movies, the clothing, the other characters, and the food! As I was looking at the new LEGO Castle that is being released, and looking at all its details, I realized how many little things mean Disney to me, which I don’t even think of!
I think it’s safe to say that Mickey and Minnie and Friends, the Castles, the music, the food, etc., are all staples – but would Disney be Disney with out the little touches?
Things that mean Disney to me are things like:
The Train: If you watch any recently released (or re-mastered) Disney Movie, the very opening is the castle scene, and there is a train steaming by en route to the castle.
The opening of The Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be as spectacular if it didn’t include the train. And of course, Dumbo wouldn’t be Dumbo if he didn’t have his circus train!
Not only is there a train in the Magic Kingdom, but Disney Springs has a train too! The Marketplace Train is found near Disney’s Pin Traders and it costs less than $5 for kids to ride.
The Pumpkin: This time of year, as Halloween approaches, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts to appear in the Magic Kingdom, pumpkins become big decorations at Disney and big sellers in Disney Merchandise. Pumpkins can transform into carriages with a little “Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo!” They can play a part in taking us on the “Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,” and, of course, Jack Skellington couldn’t be the “Pumpkin King of Halloween” without them!
Birds and Ducks: From the ducks that float around the parks in their habitat, to the “MINE” Seagulls in Finding Nemo, to Cinderella’s helpers, to Snow White’s forest friends, to Mary Poppins’ “robin feathering its nest,” birds play a HUGE part in Disney Culture. Of course, we can’t forget Donald and Daisy, possible the most famous of the Disney birds!
Clocks and Time: Would there be magic with out the midnight kiss, or kissing the girl before the third day, or the rush to unfreeze a frozen heart? Would we love Captain Hook as much as we do, with out the tick tock croc?
From the stroke of midnight, to the clocks on the castles, timing is a huge part of Disney.
I could probably go on for pages, but I’ll hold here, with a nod to hats. There are some AMAZING hats throughout Disney. From the Seven Dwarfs’ hats, to the Dapper Dans’ straw-like hats, to the Mad Hatter, to the ear hats we all wear at the parks, hats are definitely a nice touch.
What small touches do you love? Feel free to post in the comments what objects mean Disney to you!
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