Thursday, June 09, 2016

Shirley at DCA

Even though I'm not crazy about waiting in lines for an attraction, I love being able to take my time in the lobby of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror checking out all of the vintage details, especially the dusty Shirley Temple doll that resides on the overstuffed couch. With my previous camera and a zoom lens, this was about the best I could do. Zooming in to this shot, you can see a vintage Oz book by Frank Baum. Blurry, but again...this was the best I could do.

On my most recent trip, I had my new camera, but didn't want to lug around my zoom lens, so this was the best I could do.

Until a bit of serendipity (that's all I'm gonna' say) was provided, and I was able to get this view which was taken directly standing over the couch.

MUCH better view of the book!

As you speed down Buena Vista Street on your way to Radiator Springs Racers, you can see another vintage Shirley Temple doll in the window of Big Top Toys.

Although I believe the doll is vintage (you can see a crazing line on the composition of her face near her eye), the wig looks replaced and the eyes have been poorly painted over. Most of the original Shirley Temple dolls' eyes have yellowed and crazed over the years, which is most likely why the "artists" painted over them with a bright blue.

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K. Martinez said...

If the attraction has an interesting queue line I have no problem waiting at all. Love the Oz book.

I know you love Shirley and Oz but did you get a chance to glance at other the stuff on the end table next to the couch?

And what's that magazine on the arm of the couch? I'm just curious to know what the other items are if you happen to know. Thanks as always for sharing your photography, Dave.

Daveland said...

Sorry Ken - didn't get a chance to look at the end table. It was quick in and quick out; I was just grateful for that opportunity and didn't want to abuse it.

Unknown said...

Great to hear from you Dave!

Tower of Terror has such a great queue. There's a real depth of theming the whole way in with little throwaway bits like the the doll and book that are a subtle reference to the girl in the teaser Twilight zone episode. There are other references, of course, but the nice thing is the Imagineers had the good sense to make them obscure and let you have to discover them if you look hard enough: It helps keep the attraction fresh over time.

Darryl said...

If people would just put there stupid cell phone down for a minute and look around, they might actually enjoy the queues.

Chuck said...

I'll get to that right after I watch this awesome new cat video on my Android...