Recently the Disney Parks Podcast team was extremely fortunate to interview Margaret Kerry, the one and only reference model for Tinker Bell, in Walt Disney’s classic 1953 film Peter Pan. We hope you will listen in as she shares what she really thought of meeting Walt Disney, what it was like to work with Marc Davis, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi and even Marilyn Monroe.
Margaret was such a delight to talk to and I was truly humbled and honored to be a part of this experience of getting to speak with her.
As a reminder – to listen to the show – just click HERE to go to the DPP page.
Look for the small grey circle with the sideways white triangle inside. Click on that circle and make sure your speakers are on. The show will begin immediately.
By the way….did you know Margaret was also the voice of the red-headed mermaid in Peter Pan?
Topiaries at the front entrance will welcome us to Epcot in a very special way. This fantastic first topiary “scene” will feature the Fab Five, plus one! A 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will “goof-up” an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton. Mickey will fire up the grill, Pluto will swipe a link of hot dogs and Minnie will chill out on a colorful blanket of blossoms. Sounds like one of my family cook outs.
Can you imagine how cute these guys will look made out of plants??!!
Illuminated Gardens – An after-dark enhancement will be given to some of the topiaries and gardens. Every night when the sun sets, many of the festival’s world-famous Disney topiaries and gardens will twinkle and shine in a new light. You can find these throughout World Showcase and Future World.
Mike and Sully topiaries will be located on the Future World walkway.
You will also want to look for Fawn’s Butterfly House. Eight fanciful fairy topiaries of Pixie Hollow, including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence will be located in the Butterfly House this year, and of course you’ll see real butterflies there too! I was lucky enough to get a picture of this guy last year – just as he was saying his first hello to the world.
An interactive play area on the Test Track walkway will be based on Radiator Springs. It will feature Lightning McQueen and Mater topiaries.
Here’s the photo of Lightning that I took last year.
A second interactive play area based on the new movie “OZ: The Great and Powerful. There will also be a “Oz Movie Garden” full of unusual plants inspired by the Land of Oz.
Note: Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with some of these locations. Epcot will have beautiful (free!) maps available at the very front of the park and in various places throughout.