15. “Some imagination, huh?”
Since 1992, Fantasmic has been the one to beat in Disney’s ever-expanding portfolio of so-called “nighttime spectaculars.” The epic special effects extravaganza begins the moment Mickey falls asleep, following his journey through an abstract dream of good and evil, flashing between classic Disney films as heroes and villains collide. An outrageous, larger-than-life, messy spectacle featuring some of the best music and one of the world’s best Audio-Animatronics, Fantasmic really has no right to be as good as it is. And yet, the long-running show has been playing for decades at Disneyland and even inspired two spin-offs (at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Tokyo DisneySea).
What’s especially interesting about the show is that Mickey doesn’t have much to say at all. In fact, the Mouse is silent but for two lines, and both are among the most impactful of Mickey’s utterances because of it… Especially the final line spoken - “Some imagination, huh?” - may read simple on paper, but it’s paired with one of the greatest physical tricks in Disney’s playbook, the show’s iconic score, and a lasting, emotional, tear-jerking wallop that ends the show with a final, blinding explosion.
16. “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas.”
You knew it would be here, and here it is. Yet another “accidental” admission into the timeless and evergreen playbook of Disney Parks lines, there’s absolutely nothing about the pre-recorded safety spiel that plays aboard the Walt Disney World Monorail that should make it iconic. And yet, fans can imitate the bilingual line with staggering precision. As a result, the “door closing” announcement has risen into the pantheon of not only Disney Parks dialogue, but of public transportation announcements, akin to the voice of Paris’ Metro or New York’s MTA.
In fact, the iconic line is a product of Jack Wagner, a radio personality and actor who's best known as being "The Voice of Disneyland," having initially recorded the park's public address announcements for parades, showtimes, weather events, ride recordings, and other pre-recorded spiels.
But what exactly is it about this perfectly normal safety spiel that’s elevated it to such legendary status? At any given time, you’ll find hundreds of products bearing the safety announcement on unofficial products! Our guess? The phrase has evolved into somewhat of a “secret code” known and appreciated only among those who frequent the Florida property, making it a fun in-joke for Disney World fans.
17. “Like a grand and miraculous spaceship…”
… “our planet has sailed through the universe of time, and for a brief moment, we have been among its many passengers.”
Back in the heyday of EPCOT Center, each of Future World's pavilions offered an intelligent, historic, and enormously-scaled dark ride into the industry each celebrated. One-by-one, those Lost Legends have fallen, leaving Spaceship Earth as one of the only remnants of the park's original philosophy. Over its lifetime, four narrators have ferried guests through the history of human communication from the Stone Age to the Internet Age: Vic Perrin (1982-86), Walter Cronkite (1986-92), Jeremy Irons (1992-2007), and Judy Dench (2008 - today). Though fans debate who does it best, each has been iconic and memorable in his or her own way.
Though fans know well to "thank the Phoenicians" for their ability to read and write, the most moving and transformative moment in Spaceship Earth comes as riders become satellites, looking down on a distant blue-and-green marble, considering just how small we really are.
At the semi-annual D23 Expo in 2019, Bob Chapek (Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, and unapologetic IP-fan) announced that Spaceship Earth would undergo yet another update as part of the ongoing redevelopment of Epcot, changing its focus from communication to the much more Disney-friendly topic of "storytelling." Vague concept art seems to signal that Disney characters will be inserted into the epic attraction (though their level of involvement is unknown). That means that this reimagining is probably quite a bit more foundational than any to come before, and it seems inevitable that the ride's climax and its iconic line will disappear for good.
18. “C’mon, everybody… Here we go!”
There's a reason Peter Pan's Flight stands the test of time, even sixty years later. And it might just have something to do with that opening line fans love so well.
Since 1955, Peter Pan's Flight has been the iconic centerpiece dark ride of Fantasyland's classics. The simple and sensational attraction sends guests flying over London, toward the second star to the right, and straight on till morning for an aerial adventure around Neverland. And wonderfully, it all begins with one of the simplest and most memorable provocations in Disney Parks. Peter's invitation leads our flying pirate galleons straight out of the Darling's nursery and along for the ride, at once establishing that we're part of the story this time.
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