Still in Dorothy’s farm…
While we’re doing movie trivia, supposedly the carriage used in the film was originally owned by Abraham Lincoln. I say “supposedly” because people love to make stuff like that up about props. You know, like the airplane on The Great Movie Ride that can’t possibly really be from “Casablanca” because they didn’t use a real plane.
I’m not sure if this is supposed to be Miss Gulch’s bike or not. Heck, I had to go Wiki what her stupid name was. Also, hard to believe she was still single.
Now I don’t know what exactly the birdhouses are all about.
There’s a lot of them around, and you’ll see more of that later. Maybe it’s the birds that are mentioned in the song?
Speaking of houses, here’s Dorothy’s house. The guy standing in front was a volunteer who would interact with guests while yelling for Dorothy to come out.
Across from Dorothy’s house was this Tin Man. He was pretty cool, but also quietly disconcerting.
Is this schizoid paranoia, or just existential blues?
Look at the eyes. They’re vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet…
The building over on the left is home to a Wizard of Oz memorabilia exhibit.
I mean they call it a museum but it’s really more of a massive collection of collectibles.
Along the wall are some pretty fascinating pictures – they’re conceptual clay sculptures that were created as the park was being designed. Honestly, a lot of it is creepy.
I mean, when you get right down to it a lot of this stuff can be considered creepy. These dolls are pretty creepy.
But these costumes? These things are pure nightmare fuel, folks.
The Scarecrow isn’t much better (but let’s call a spade a spade – these costumes are nowhere near as creepy as what they went with in 1985’s Return to Oz movie. Of course, they started off with Fairuza Balk playing Dorothy, so the creepy bar was already set pretty high.)
Here’s that bust that was originally back in the Memorial Observation Gazebo. Is it just me, or does she kind of look pissed off?
I want that Land of Oz ashtray. I can’t even imagine how much something like that goes for.
In addition to designing the visual style of the park, Charlotte artist Jack Pentes also was responsible for some pretty long-lasting mini-playground designs (like what you would see in a McDonalds PlayPlace sort of thing). Supposedly he would move around the park on his knees, imagining what the park would look like to children.