Sometimes the smallest things can be special. And so can the simply practical. Our kitchen has a few Disney-themed utensils and a small appliance or two. But we’re always open to adding a little more Disney Magic!
A recent trip to an IDA Pharmacy introduced us to a new line of Disney / Hallmark merchandise. Among it all was this porcelain spoon rest:
The full quote which goes “If we can dream it, we can do it!” has often been attributed to Walt Disney himself. But did you know that he never said that? It was actually coined by Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald for the Horizons attraction in EPCOT Center. The Quotable Walt Disney (published by Disney Editions in 2001) omits the quote altogether. Odd, if it was a famous quote from Walt. And the book Disney Trivia from the Vault by Dave Smith (published by Disney Editions in 2012. See page 243) tells us the truth in Tom’s own words: “I am very familiar with that line, because I wrote it!” He confirms that it was created for Horizons and concludes that it was “used in numerous ways, from dialogue in the ride to graphics.”
And now you know! So get out there and dream it. And then do it. Just don’t misquote it.
The iconic shape has been called a Hidden Mickey, even though it is quite obvious and easy to recognize. But the original intention was for it to be a more subtle representation of Mickey Mouse inserted into the design of a ride, attraction, or a location in a Disney theme park. Now when we see the three familiar circles arranged just so, we call it a hidden Mickey, even though it’s no-so hidden!
I’ve said this before but it bears repeating if you are an avid Disney collector: Hallmark has better merchandise than the Disney Store. There, I said it. And I’m not sorry! Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but it is safe to say that Hallmark is in it to win it. You can judge for yourself by checking out more Hallmark merchandise, two themed mugs and a platter, by clicking the link.
The only problem with buying a spoon rest for the kitchen is that you have to use it by cooking something. I knew there was a catch.