Disney says: "SALUTE TO CHILEAN MINERS AT MAGIC KINGDOM: To flag-waving Walt Disney World Resort guests on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, the rescued Chilean coal miners paraded in grand fashion down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The miners, their rescuers and their families are enjoying a Disney-provided holiday saluting them for their story of hope and perseverance. (Kent Phillips, photographer)"
I think it's great when Disney does nice things like this. Sure, it's good publicity for them too, but let's not be so jaded that we're not happy the formerly-trapped Chilean miners get to enjoy a few days in the happiest place on Earth.
Please note in the above photo that, in addition to meeting Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, they are also posing with Disney's own group of miners: The Seven Dwarfs! Nicely done. For a moment I thought I spotted Bert in the background and wondered at his inclusion before I remembered, "Though I spends me time in the ashes and smoke/ In this 'ole wide world there's no 'appier bloke." Anyway, it's not Bert, it's the Dapper Dans, the Magic Kingdom's own barbershop quartet. But, hey, maybe they sang "Chim Chim Cheree" to them... or at least "Heigh Ho" ("We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in our mine the whole day through
To dig dig dig dig dig dig dig is what we really like to do.")
I wonder what attraction Disney chose to photograph the miners on...
Oh, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, of course. The roller coaster in which DISASTER IS NARROWLY AVOIDED IN A TERRIFYING MINE! Way to make those guys face their fears, I guess. I wonder if they also considered locking them in the caves on Tom Sawyer Island for a while. Sheesh.
I really wish they'd also taken a picture of these guys inside Snow White's Scary Adventures, pretending to mine along with the Seven Dwarfs... or put them to work inspecting safety on the upcoming Seven Dwarfs Mine attraction. Oh, the possibilities!