Welcome to Oddlando
This blog will be your fuselage for all the harebrained stories that rise out of Orlando. It will be full to the brim with kooks, freaks and crackpots. We’ll run the whole gamut of oddball stories here – stuff from from the house of the Mouse to rotten tropic tales to the bizarro news that’ll make you cock your head like a confused puppy.
Bring out the weird, old and new. On with it now.
Here are some less than public sides of our Disney Theme Parks and Hotels.
An underground tunnel that exists beneath Magic Kingdom, where employees unwind and character actors can take off their giant mouse heads and move around the park without distressing the guests. If you are in the mood to take a tour of the “Utilidor” – shell out some dough and take a Keys to the Kingdom Tour.
In the 1960s, Walt Disney and his family needed a place to stay in the park. He went big and built an elaborate suite inside Cinderella’s Castle. Walt unfortunately died in 1966, so he never was able to sing “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” in this suite. It was left for storage until 2007, when The Year of A Million Dreams project imagineered the hell out of it. It is now reserved for special guests, like one of the Jonas Brothers.
Nazi in Mural at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Still not confirmed, but if you are staying the night at the Grand Floridian, give a look-see at the mural within the hotel. An artist was told to paint a mural with a Great Gatsby theme, the artist took a little creative liberty, by painting a Nazi. The artist only identified by “Harvey” in the book Sabotage in the American Workplace was interviewed about his experience working the specific project:
“One of my favorite scenes was a hotel scene where people were seated at tables. In the background there was this balcony where I painted this little SS Stormtrooper. It was my little comment on what was happening in the rest of the world while the Great Gatsbys were whittling away their hours with cocktails. My boss noticed it and said that it looked like a soldier, but I convinced him it was a security guard. He dropped it at that. All of the people that I worked with noticed it was a Nazi right away . . . It’s now installed in a hotel. That gave me a lot of satisfaction. It’s pretty minor but it did make me feel better.”