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Fun Find Friday

June 1, 2012

Location: Main Street, USA, Magic Kingdom

Disney is a constantly changing place. While some attractions disappear for new ones, sometimes new attractions keep evolving in order to figure out their identity. That is definitely the situation for the Mickey Mouse meet and greet over on Main Street, USA!

While this meet and greet debuted nearly two years ago the queue to meet Mickey hasn't 100% found its personality, but it sure is getting close! After going through the main line you enter a small hallway which used to feature blank walls, but all of that has changed and we now have enough Fun Finds in this room alone to last us half a year. We are going to focus on just one for today, however.

Just after entering the room on your left hand side you'll find the following picture:

One thing I have always loved is when Disney puts together two of its brands to make a sort of mesh. As you can see from the picture above a play is going to be going on at Town Square Theater (the theater which you are in while meeting Mickey). The play? The Headless Horseman. This is a nice little nod to the 1949 film, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

During the film, schoolmaster Ichabod Crane falls for a lovely girl in town, Katrina. Unfortunately for him, the Gaston of the two, Brom Bones, also is in love with Katrina. Eventually Brom Bones scares off Ichabod in hopes that Katrina and he can be together forever. The classic Disney characters have come to put on the play and Disney really went into their archives to find a cast.

Let's start with the most obvious: Brom Bones is played by Peg Leg Pete, the oldest Disney character. Katrina is played by Clara Cluck. Clara made her debut back in the 1930s with Mickey but she was eventually phased out of cartoons in the late 30s/early 40s. The final character, Ichabod Crane himself, is portrayed by Dippy Dawg. Who is Dippy Dawg exactly?

Dippy Dawg was the original name for Goofy (in the short Mickey's Revue). By throwing the name Dippy Dawg into the mix, Disney has helped establish the storyline by a whole lot sharing with us that the magic show we are about to watch is set back in the 1930s, when a goof was simply known as a dog.


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