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"My 2 Cents!"
The Little Things
article appeared in the
October 10, 2000, Issue #53 of ALL EARS® (ISSN: 1533-0753)
What makes Disney so special as a place to visit, beyond the attractions, is its attention to detail.
The little things.
The things that dont necessarily have to be there. They are like using real whipped cream that youve beaten by hand on strawberry shortcake. Or hearing live musicians in a pit at a play, rather than a group of well voiced electric synthesizers.
Things like the elevator cable relays in the basement of the Tower of Terror, that turn and spark as the elevator returns. Or the fully furnished boy's bedroom, in the top of the farmhouse in the Land.
Theres the small broken gate posts that you find scattered throughout the Bayou in Dixie Landings here and there.
This time, I was told where to find Plutos Bone and Aladdins lamp among other items in the Main Street Stations lost and found. Also the sign post indicating the way to "Ghastly Mansion" with Ghastly crossed out, and haunted painted in above it. Did you ever noticed that every chess piece is represented on the roof of Haunted Mansion? All except the Knight, because its always Night inside?
Theyre little things like the departure announcements inside of Star Tours which every now and then occur in some Alien tongue.
be found in the incredible mosaic inside Cinderella Castle, which now
bears a plaque in tribute to the artist. Or the nonsensical historical
plaques showing how they relate to Merriweather Pleasure, on all the buildings on Pleasure Island. Read them sometime, theyre a hoot.
Theyre the show tunes sung by the bugs, while waiting in the roots of the Tree of Life for Its Tough to Be a Bug. Or it's the themed garbage cans for each and every area of the park.
The mirror in Test Track that makes it appear as if youre heading into an oncoming car.
arent always things either. They can be simply bypassed performances.
Sometimes it could be stopping to listen to the barbershop
quartet singing on a sunny afternoon.
Or enjoying the alien dancers in EPCOT. Or the tremendous new swing band in MGM. Perhaps just enjoying a hot dog at Caseys and listening to piano rags.
And the little things can be different to everyone.
To a carpenter, it can be the amount of screws in the boardwalk. To a facilities manager, the marvel of how trash is removed.
To a dancer, the forward motion choreography of the parades. To a painter, the fact that nothing seems painted over. To a woodworker, the interior of Wilderness Lodge. To a gardener, the incredible landscaping. To the handicapped, its the accessibility that Disney is striving for.
To an Englishman, a good pint of Guinness Stout. To a child, that there are so many things their height. To a musician, its that fact that every performance is memorized.
To a meteorologist, the vast amount of small weather stations you can spot around the park.
There is some small thing for everyone to marvel at in every corner of the world.
from Imagineers that are not meant for all to see and hear. Hundreds of
Hidden Mickeys. Wonderful delights and sounds tucked
just out of plain view for someone to marvel at.
For me personally, the little things have and always will be, the biggest E-ticket attraction that Walt Disney World has to offer.
May they always continue to grow.
Thats My2Cnts... Whats Yours?
The Zamgwar Institute
Office of My2Cts
Editor's Note: This story/information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all current rates, information and other details before planning your trip.