While Mickey Avenue in Shanghai Disneyland is a step away from the traditional Main Street in all other Disney Magic Kingdoms, the character-driven storyline does lend itself to more whimsical storefronts and facades.
There are a lot of references to classic Disney animation shorts that will go unnoticed by visitors who aren’t hardcore Disney junkies. Take, for example, this storefront window for the Flowers and Trees Florist, which is on the right as soon as you enter the park.
“Flowers and Trees” was a turning point for the Walt Disney Studios when it became the first animated short to be produced in technicolor and won the first Academy Award in 1932 for Animated Short Subject.
This explains why the signage in the windows emphasize color so much. Again, this is just a storefront window and while it’s not Walt’s version of Main Street, I really enjoyed them highlighting some of his achievements throughout Mickey Avenue.
Just a few steps down Mickey Avenue is Von Drake’s Scientific Fireworks storefront.
As an interesting tie-in to the Flowers and Trees Florist window, Ludwig Von Drake appeared in the special “An Adventure in Color” and also sang the Spectrum Song.
What is more interesting, however, is this window filled with rockets and fireworks who reference various Disney characters that actually set off some sort of firework or sparkler in their movie or animated short.
While maybe not pyrotechnic, Tinkerbell’s pixie dust trails could easily be considered a form of sparkler.
The Martian Monster rocket refers to Disney’s 1957 short “Mars and Beyond,” which was directed by Ward Kimball and narrated by Paul Frees. While the short is considered sci-fi, Disney animators did rely on actual science.
There is also a reference to Devil Pluto, which is Pluto’s bad conscience seen in the 1933 short, “Mickey’s Pal Pluto.” Want to take a quick tour of Mickey Avenue at night? Check out the video below!
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