Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More Mardi Gras World and Disney

Thanks to faithful Daveland reader Bryan, I realized that there is yet another statue at the Disneyland Resort whose origins are most likely Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Check out the statue I photographed there a few weeks ago and the one below from Downtown Disney:

Throughout the warehouse I noticed a number of other more obvious Disney characters.

Zooming in you can see the Three Caballeros (next to Salvador Dali, no less!):

Look closely at this random group of sculpts…

and you'll see Mowgli from "The Jungle Book," front and center:

The Rescuers, from the 1977 animated film:

This one I almost missed:

A painting of the Partners Statue:

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The French (Quarter) Connection

Mardi Gras World was the brainchild of Blaine Kern, a sign painter who fortuitously created a mural that caught the eye of the captain of a Mardi Gras krewe. One float led to another and over time, he became the city's leading parade creator, working with Rex, Zulu, and all the other legendary krewes. For those not "in the know," a "krewe" is an organization that puts on a parade or ball for the Mardi Gras Carnival season. Mardi Gras World had moved to a different location since my last visit to New Orleans before Katrina, but it was just as impressive.

Although I was busy snapping photos while our gracious tour guide lead us through the gigantic warehouse, that didn't keep me from noticing a familiar looking head.

To most, this probably looks like a huge Pez dispenser head; to Disneyland geeks, it is much more.

This is the same sculpt as one of the props you see as the Disneyland trains whiz you into the Frontierland/New Orleans Square station.

After I got back from New Orleans and was processing my photos, I was shocked to find something I had actually missed.

A painted queen…

AND king's head. Both of the props from New Orleans Square in Anaheim!

It really shouldn't be TOO shocking that I visually missed these two figures while at Mardi Gras World. I was still in a sugar-coma from the traditional King's Cake that our tour guide had dished up for us!

This is why it pays to snap the photo and ask questions later!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Main Street's Horse-Drawn Streetcar

Follow me back to August 1955, when these photos of the Horse-Drawn Streetcar were snapped as it journeyed down Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

Peeking into the Crystal Arcade, it looks fairly empty!

In Town Square, the Streetcar is ready to start another trip up to the Castle.

Closeup number one shows two conductors kibitzing in between rides.

And closeup number two shows the cleanup of…number 2.

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