I'll let Larry and Chuckie explain.
Originally commissioned to celebrate UNICEF, it has a classic history and is now part of America's art scene with classic stylings by Mary Blair.
It is a great example of what this post is about - everything at Disneyworld has a story behind it.
Walt didn't just whack up a bunch of amusement rides. He created backstories for every little detail in the parks and resorts. Every hotel has a story, every ride and show, even the entry gates are part of a story.
And the easiest way to discover all these stories are to take a backstage tour.
These babies are expensive. You can score discounts using Disney Visa Cards, Disney Annual Passes or purchasing a special "My Way" dining plan which can include the tours among all the offerings.
I've done a number of tours now, and for first timers let me recommend the one not to bother with: Backstage Magic.
Expensive at about $250+ p.p., 8 hours, and you see lots of this:
|Magic Kingdom parking lot - I suppose I could have guessed. What else would be backstage! (source: disneytourreviews.com)|
- the topiary work area at the nursery
|Minnie's let herself go in her older age. What?|
We did see backstage at The American Adventure at the huge mechanical rotating stage sets; and the water holding pond for Splash Mountain!
|Back of Frontier Land in Magic Kingdom - kind of what you'd expect really. (source: disneypix.com)|
Umm ... yeah .... don't ask for the ketchup.
Disney has heaps of other tours - long and short - to suit all interests.
Train fanatic? You're accommodated, but get up very early.
|At least this is more credible than the creepy bus spotters. (source: waltdisneycompany.com)|
For the keen gardeners, you can go Behind the Seeds at Epcot to learn how 1981 saw futuristic hydroponic gardening.
|space age brussell sprouts taste just as bad. which must be why they are grown in such low density. (source: flickr.com)|
I do have one tour I enthusiastically recommend for all first time visitors. But in the true spirit of any reality programming, you have to wait for next week for the big reveal.
What do you think? Would you like to see backstage? or would that break the magical illusion for you?