Okay. Before you get all excited"¦ Nothing of any significance has been added to Storybook Circus since my last visit. However, I did check this area out today (March 31, 2012) just to see what was happening"¦ And I did find a few new details.
If you walk to the exit area of the Walt Disney World Railroad, you will find a lot of circus freight has been unloaded.
If you examine the cargo closely, you'll find a few familiar names. Within this first collection are the watering barrels of Dumbo, Caddy, Prissy, and Giddy. If you remember, Caddy, Prissy, and Giddy are three of the matronly, and somewhat cruel, elephants that taunted Dumbo.
In the next collection of freight, we find a few more familiar names. Since my pictures are somewhat small, I'll type out everything printed on the trunks.
"Property of HYACINTH HIPPO - The Most Exquisite Aerial Sensation of the Big Top"
In case you don't remember, Hyacinth Hippo was the ballerina hippopotamus in the movie "Fantasia."
"THE BIG BAD WOLF - BALLONOLOGIST EXTRAORDINAIRE - He'll Huff & He'll Puff"¦ And Create the Animal of Your Choice"
"Melody Time BAND - BRASS HORNS - Always in Toon"
"Melody Time" was a Disney movie released in 1948 and was in the style of "Fantasia" only it featured popular and folk tunes rather than classical music. Also, notice the spelling of "toon" (tune).
A third pile of luggage reveals more interesting labels.
"CIRCUS GRADE AND PERFORMANCE READY - RED'S AMAZING JUGGLING UNICYCLES - MANUFACTURED BY EBEN'S BIKES"
When I first published this blog, I did not know the reference to the next two labels. But if you check the comments, you'll see that a number of people were smarter than me and clued me in.
Red's Amazing Juggling Unicycles would be a nod to the Pixar short "Red's Dream" released in 1987. In this film a red unicycle dreams of becoming a world class juggler. Eben's Bikes is a nod to Pixar animator Eben Ostby.
"TEN SCHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE, LTD. - HATS FOR ALL OCCASIONS"¦ BIRTHDAYS, UNBIRTHDAYS, AND ALL DAYS BETWEEN"
There are two references here. First, the unbirthday from "Alice in Wonderland." And second, Ten Schillings and Sixpence references the cost of the Mad Hatter's hat. Before Britain converted to the decimal system, ten schillings and sixpence would be written as 10/6.
A great new background music loop is played around the Fantasyland Train Station. All of the songs have something to do with railroads. For example, "Casey Jones," "Freight Train" and "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain" are just a few of the selections played.
I also paid attention to the railroad tracks in this area. I can see three sets of tracks emerging from the Round House (restrooms) and two other spurs. They all converge to an area behind the plywood fence. By studying concept drawings, I can see that they terminate on a railroad engine turntable and the Casey Jr. engine (and possibly some of the circus cars) will create a water playground in this area.
To show you the detail the Imagineers are putting in this area, the tile work in the restroom floors simulates train tracks. I would have snapped a picture for you, but it usually isn't a good idea to be using a camera in a restroom.
That's all I have for this update, but I will continue to make regular trips to Storybook Circus to bring you the latest happenings. Stay tuned.