All right, so every time I see something from New Orleans Square, I’m reminded of Christmas 1997. I was working in the park and there was a campaign going, “Welcome Home for the Holidays!” in which, we were forced to greet every guest with that same phrase.
The management in New Orleans Square was very particular that we would address the area with an “accent” and say N’awlins rather than New Orleans. So, the spiel when working in that area was, “Welcome home to N’awlins!” or “Welcome home to N’awlins for the holidays!” or some such compound. Not really the most natural greeting, but we do what the Mouse commands.
So, being the dutiful cast member, I greeted a guest, with a big Disney smile, and it went something like this:
Me: Welcome home to N’awlins! Happy Holidays!
Guest: (confused expression) I… I don’t live here.
Me: Yes, sir. I know.
Guest: (still confused) I’m from Nebraska.
Me: (not sure how to get out of this one) Well, welcome to Disneyland, sir! Are you enjoying your day here?
Guest: Can you really live here?
Me: No, sir.
Guest: Then, why did you say, “Welcome home”? What’s Naw-linns?
Me: (ignoring the first question, trying not to say “I have to say it.”) N’awlins is New Orleans Square. Now, how may I help you?
Guest: Why didn’t you just say, “New Orleans Square”?
Me: (little bit hating on the management at this point) Because that’s how they say it down south, sir. How can I be of assistance to you?
Guest: You know you’re not in the south, right?
Me: (really quite embarrassed at this point) Yes, sir. Proud Californian. What can I do for you?
Guest: (walks away).
Since then, every time I see anything from NOS, I think of that day… which was, by the way, the last time I said that phrase, and henceforth stuck with a simple, yet effective, “Happy Holidays!” I figured Walt would prefer it that way.
Anyway, that was a long introduction for a very small little item, which is seen here. A lil’ beauty from the late 60’s, I believe. Just check out the great color! I am assuming this was to be something similar to join the miniature plates of each of the lands that were produced prior to this (which I should post photos of in my next blog post… note to self), though it’s not round. Either way, I keep them all together and they look mighty perdy. I have to say, the look of the whole thing reminds me of the London Bridge section of “The Truth About Mother Goose”.
Hope y’all are having a mighty fine week! ;)