2017 Photos: Year in Review

Main Street Pop In debuted on September 4, 2017, as a place to go for a Disney fix any day of the year. Through our newsletter and website, we take you to on a quick trip to Walt Disney World. We don’t concentrate on the negative. You’ll only see the things we love and recommend.

Main Street Pop In also takes deep dives into the history and background of “the world” and its attractions. Although Mr. Walt Disney liked to say, “it all started with a mouse”, it wasn’t really that simple. Walt’s dream would never have come true without the gumption of his older brother, Roy.

As we look back on our first few months, we’re figuring out what we’re doing right and what’s falling flat. So far it’s all been really fun–mistakes and all.

We look forward to what 2018 will bring. But first, we wanted to take a minute to review of all our great “Pop In” Photos of the Week for 2017. Enjoy, and share with a friend!

September 4, 2017

No matter how old I get, I’ll never pass up a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. From the golden storks above, to the sparkling blue water below, you won’t find a more beautiful way to catch a bird’s-eye view of Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.


September 18, 2017

Mary Blair, who designed “it’s a small world”, was a favorite of Walt Disney himself. Her art and influence can be found in many places around Walt Disney World. This piece which hangs in the Great Ceremonial House at the Polynesian Village Resort is surely a copy, but it makes me smile every time I hop on the elevator.


September 25, 2017

Don’t forget to look up when you visit a Disney World Resort. This modern light fixture soaring above guests at the Art of Animation Resort displays a firework of movie sketches. If only one would float down gently, so I could take it home!


October 1, 2017

It looks like guests have been waiting awhile to check in! The Tower of Terror queue is one of the best at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The only thing better than the queue is the ride itself. It is a must-do at the park. Don’t miss it.


October 9, 2017

Get the feeling you’re being watched? Don’t take your glance off of this grave marker while waiting in the queue for the Haunted Mansion. This particular monument is keeping an eye on you!


October 16, 2017

The many faces of Genie on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction brought back memories of the late Robin Williams. He was the heart and soul of the 1992 animated film. Can’t you can hear him singing, “Friend Like Me” right now?


October 23, 2017

The Temple of Heaven may dominate the landscape of Epcot’s China Pavilion, but the colors and majesty of the entrance gate (viewed from behind) are equally impressive. During Epcot’s busy International Food and Wine Festival this weekend, we passed under the gate and spent a few quiet moments along the garden path.


October 30, 2017

The Evil Queen in disguise waves to guests before they exit the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom. This despicable hag appeared in Walt Disney’s first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Disney creators wanted the Queen to be a combination of Lady Macbeth and the Big Bad Wolf. They succeeded in making her much more sinister. With Halloween just a day away, watch out! She may be up to her old tricks.


November 6, 2017

In honor of the Veterans Day, today’s Pop In is of Disney’s Flag Retreat. At sunset, guests and cast members gather in town square at the Magic Kingdom to retire the American flag for the night. The flag lowers as the philharmonic plays the “Star Spangled Banner.” Once the color guard removes the flag, it is handed to a guest veteran.

It truly is a heart-warming experience, and the looks of pride on the faces of the participating veterans brings tears to your eyes.


November 13, 2017

In the 1989 animated film, The Little Mermaid, Prince Eric’s ship is caught in a storm and the mermaid princess Ariel saves him. The Fantasyland replica of Prince Eric’s castle serves as the entrance to the Under the Sea–Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction. The dark and gloomy clouds overhead are courtesy of Mother Nature. Now that’s theming!


November 20, 2017

A belated Happy Birthday! Mickey Mouse celebrated his 89th birthday on November 18. Walt dreamed up Mickey (who he tried to name Mortimer until his wife intervened) long before the mouse’s cartoon debut in Steamboat Willie. However, the animated short’s release date is considered Mickey’s official birthday.


November 27, 2017

The train station lobby at the Magic Kingdom is home to a few antique amusements. Here’s a close up look at the players and the crowd scene inside the “Play Football” coin-operated arcade game. The machine was manufactured between 1924 and 1926 by the three Chester brothers, owners of the Chester-Pollard Amusement Company in New York City. The brothers originated from England, so it’s not American football these gentlemen are playing.


December 4, 2017

The foil trees in Epcot’s Future World bring a high-tech vibe to the holidays as the Fountain of Nations dances to some classic Christmas tunes.


December 11, 2017

The holiday decor at Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion includes this giant Spode teapot. The much-loved Christmas Tree pattern was created for the English pottery company in 1938. According to the Spode Museum Trust, this wildly popular design is in use in as many as 30 million U.S. homes alone.


December 18, 2017

Sunset Boulevard puts a Hollywood spin on its decor for the holidays. The park, which opened in 1989, is undergoing a major transformation with the construction of both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. But in this section of the park, it’s classic Hollywood style and thrills. We’re on our way to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster right now.


December 25, 2017

The “Partners” statute, sculpted by Blaine Gibson, debuted in Disneyland in 1993. This second statute was added to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1995. According to Gibson, Walt is pointing down Main Street and saying to Mickey, “Look at all the happy people who have come to visit us today.”


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