July 26, 2013

Main Street Details: Above the Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter Shop Disneyland Main Street store sign shopfront
Disneyland's Main Street tucks dozens of great details into its signage and shopfronts, and the modest little Mad Hatter shop is a great place to pause and soak in some of the visual fun.
Mad Hatter Shop Disneyland Main Street sign entry shopfront
The hat itself, of course, sits front and center. It's unusual to see such a faithful sculpting of a piece of classic animation on Main Street.

Just above the oversized topper, however, sits the real treasure of this particular address...
Atencio Window Disneyland Main Street lyricist writer Imagineer
As many of you know, Disney occasionally honors its major artists and contributors by awarding them their own window on Main Street. This one belongs to X. Atencio, the Imagineer responsible for adding a lot of wit and magic to two of Disney's most beloved attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. In addition to writing the scripts and dialogue for both rides, he wrote the lyrics to the rides' theme songs, "Yo-Ho" and "Grim Grinning Ghosts." He voiced the talking skull guarding the first drop on Pirates, and he can be heard trying to break out of the coffin on Haunted Mansion (as well as advising us to stay in our "Doom Buggies" if the ride stops unexpectedly).

Photo by Lana Whitham


  1. I am really, really looking forward to seeing this in person. Just 33 days to go!

  2. I love this! When we were in Savannah over our vacation, they had a store called the Mad Hatter too! It was like Disney is everywhere!


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