January 24, 2007

Random Commuter Observation

As I sat stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the dentist this morning, I was listening to the local country station's morning program. For some reason or other, they're flogging Disney's Year of a Million Dreams Come True (or whatever it is), so one of the jocks was broadcasting from down in Orlando (the apparent motto of which is "The Happiest City in the World" which is about as chilling an idea as I can imagine, the unspoken second part of the couplet being "Whether You Like It Or Not").

Anyhoo, the jock down in Orlando was grabbing interviews with the various Disney characters. Eventually, "Mickey" and "Minnie" joined him in what was obviously an unscripted bit. There, just for a couple of minutes, I actually thought I sensed some spark of life in the guy who had to do "Mickey's" voice. He started a riff about Neil Diamond's brother being a plumber and then went into an imitation of Elvis singing "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville."

Really, the guy was being funny in a sly, smart-assed way. It was quite enjoyable. Which means that Uncle Walt will probably have him killed.

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive. Reposted here for your entertainment, I give you my account of my own travels to Walt's Hell, Fear and Loathing in Disney World.

Part I - Slouching Toward Kissimmee
Part II - The Mouse's Lair
Part III - How to Be Entertained Within An Inch of Your Life: Forty Eight Hours On The Ground In The Magic Kingdom
Part IV - You Kid I Not

I had been planning to write a fifth installment, but apparently never did 'cos I can't find it.

It's been a looooong while since I read these so I don't know how well they've held up.

And FWIW, the Missus has since declared that I am off the hook and need never darken the Mouse's door again.

Posted by Robert at January 24, 2007 11:17 AM | TrackBack

I think we need a re-run of "Slouching Towards Kissimmee" for old times' sake.

Posted by: The Colossus at January 24, 2007 11:20 AM

The bit about the Disney Stepford princesses always makes me laugh.

There is an element of forced insincerity about Disney that smells vaguely of the Kremlin.

Posted by: The Colossus at January 25, 2007 03:23 PM