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Fun Find Friday

May 18, 2012

Location: Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Sometimes you will stumble across something in a Disney park that you will find hilarious. Most of the time it is a crazy sign, weird paint job, or, my favorite, bad puns. While most of the time you know Imagineers hid these treasures on purpose, other times you may question what they actually mean. Let's head over to the Harambe Train Station for today's Fun Find Friday (which cracks me up every time).

Just after passing through the turnstiles head towards the left load platform. While here you will find a bulletin board with several notifications, dealing with Harambe and the train station, posted. The one I want to focus on today is on the far right.

As you can see on the above notification, the train service has stopped going to Shabi, an actual place located in Zimbabwe. So what's the joke? I'd like to preface this by pointing out that this is my interpretation of it, and if the Imagineers put this up the way I think it's done then this is hilarious! We need a good ol' story time to realize how I got to this point.

So a little over a year ago I was studying like crazy for the D23 Scavenger Hunt. In the process I would travel to the parks, take loads of pictures, and then write trivia questions dealing with what I saw. I took a picture similar to the one above and turned the question into: "What location does the train no longer have service to?" The way I'd always answer the question was by saying, "Not to Shabi" (not too shabby). Not too shabby is a semi common slang phrase which fits perfectly with the location of Shabi in the fictional town of Harambe.

So who knows if that's what Imagineers wanted us to take away from the sign, but if it indeed was, that my friends was definitely not too shabby on their part!


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