On the silver screen, Pixar is the undisputed master of putting inside jokes in their movies (anyone who can hide the Pizza Planet truck in a movie set in ancient Scotland has earned this title). This week, I thought it would be fun to look at the Top 5 Inside Jokes connected to Pixar.
5) Over in the World Showcase at Epcot®, Remy, the main rodent from Ratatouille, used to make the rounds over at Les Chefs de France in audio-animatronic form. While you can’t see him there anymore, he has found his way, in plush form, over to the wine shop, Vins de France.
4) At the end of The Seas with Nemo and Friends® attraction, once Nemo has been found again, everyone comes together to sing a reprise of the song, “The Big, Blue World.”
“A reprise?” you ask. “When did they sing it the first time?”
It seems that the Imagineers working on this attraction loved Finding Nemo – The Musical over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park so much (as they should, it’s one of my favorites as well) that they wanted to use one of the songs in their own attraction, effectively connecting the two.
3) This one is one of my favorites, probably because its so unexpected. On Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®, just as you’re about to make a sharp turn, there is a road sign that reads, “Turn right to go left” referencing a bit of advice that Doc gave Lightening McQueen in Cars. This one happens fast so you’ve got to have quick eyes to spot it (or find it by accident like I did).
2) Toy Story Midway Mania! is chock full of jokes and references, especially in the queue line. There is a viewfinder with images of Disneyland®’s Tomorrowland® in it and one of Andy’s painted hand prints that was made to look like everyone’s favorite clownfish. There are also references to the Pixar short, Tin Toy, which was the inspiration for the Toy Story films.
1) There is one more Pixar related inside joke at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, but I I’ll let Lou show you this one. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEnHNFIEsI4]
Did I miss any? Also, what is your favorite Pixar related attraction in Walt Disney World®?
Chris grew up during the Disney renaissance of animation and took his first trip to Walt Disney World® when he was ten. Even though he has loved Disney his whole life, his obsession didn’t start until he began planning a trip for his honeymoon. Right now, his primary job (at least the one that doesn’t pay the bills) is to indoctrinate his daughter with his love of Disney while at the same time convincing his wife to move to Orlando so he can become a tour guide in the parks.