Monday, January 24, 2011

From the Movies to the Parks: Donald Duck


From the Movies to the Parks will be an ongoing feature in The Disney Revue in which we show some of the places you can find each month's feature animated movie in the Disney Parks (and cruise ships). Since the parks are full of rich detail and decoration, these lists aren't meant to be a complete catalogue so much as highlights and personal favorites. Since this month featured a Character Spotlight of Donald Duck, I thought we'd also take a look at Donald in the parks...

WALT DISNEY WORLD:
Donald,blasted into the Philharmagic gift shop at the end of the show.

Mickey's Philharmagic Don't let the name fool you, Donald Duck is indeed the main character of this 3-D movie experience in the Magic Kingdom. The name makes sense, though, the set up is that Mickey will be using his magic hat from Fantasia to conduct a concert. But while Donald helps set up, he messes with the hat and gets sucked into an adventure through the settings of several beloved animated features (mostly the musical hits of the 1990s).


Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros In Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Donald is on a madcap tour through the Mexico while his band mates Jose Carioca and Panchito are hot on his trail, hoping to catch him in time for their big concert that night.


In Animal Kingdom's Tusker House restaurant, Donald plays host for Donald's Safari Breakfast, a buffet meal during which Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Mickey will stop by your table dressed in safari gear.


DISNEYLAND:
Donald's Boat The Miss Daisy, Donald's boat and home is parked on the outskirts of Toon Town, essentially a kiddie play area with some cute theming to see.


A statue of Donald in the hub at Disneyland.


Donald is a small part of it's a small world, showing up as part of the Three Caballeros in the South America portion of the ride. Donald, Jose, and Panchito were added to the venerable attraction along with a host of other Disney characters in 2009.

There's a chair in the Haunted Mansion (next to the endless hallway) that features a strange design that's widely believed to be an abstract version of Donald's face. Here's a picture:



I'll let you decide for yourself if that's meant to be him or not.


DISNEY CRUISE LINE:


Donald Duck, in his Admiral Donald outfit, is the bronze statue that greets cruisers as they enter The Disney Dream. He's also the mascot of The AquaDuck, the ship's on board water coaster.


Over on the The Disney Wonder, Donald can be seen painting the name on the rear of the ship while his rascally nephews attempt to cut him down before he can finish.

And, of course, Donald Duck himself frequently pops up in all the Disney parks and on the ships as well in case you'd like to meet him or get a photo or autograph. He's typically quite friendly in person and not usually prone to the temper tantrums you might expect.


Donald greets guests in Frontierland in Disney's Magic Kingdom.



Donald and Disney sailing on board the Disney Wonder

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