So, Horse_Bunny and I were digging through the old family photographs for an upcoming video podcast. We were marveling at how many of the shots were from the Disneyland Resort -- especially during the years when we were dating.
Granted, we met at Disneyland, and had our first dates there. We both worked there later on. Plus, I was working on a Disneyland website at the time, so it's not like there wasn't a good reason. But that site is long gone, and we figured it would be nice to at least share some of what we have in our archive. Most will pop up on a rather expansive gallery on HorseAndRabbit.com. But we thought it might be nice to share some of our favorites here at MiceChat.
Our first entry takes us to the Topsy Turvy Cavalcade. At least, that's one of the names given to this Hunchback of Notre Dame parade-let. An old Cast Member friend of ours suggested that, if you tacked together all of the name variations it had been given over the years, it probably had the longest title of any parade in Disneyland history. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools Topsy Turvy Day Cavalcade." Official? Nope. But pretty darned funny.
It's interesting that most Disney films at the time got either a parade or a show -- whereas "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" got both. At least the Cavalcade pulled double-duty. Not only did it provide entertainment for Guests, but it also played as a perfect advertisement for the Festival show, much the same way yesteryear's free circus parade encouraged people to buy tickets for the big top event.
It ALSO was the reason I met my eventual wife-to-be. But that's a story that will come out in the little video project I'm working on...
So, folks -- let's set the WABAC machine to December of 1997 (when the majority of these photos were taken), and take a peek at the Topsy Turvy Cavalcade!
Here it comes, walkin' down the street...
A bit closer, you can actually tell that Clopin and Esmeralda are up there.
Clopin performs a one-finger point, which at Disneyland is a big no-no.
I'll stop posting photos of the cart getting closer... we have enough of these in a row that I could probably piece them together to make a full motion video. So, let's jump a bit down the street to see the usual band of gypsies accompanying the cart. I guess there's not enough room for them at first, what with the "it's a small world Holiday" construction walls up.
For the guys, the one decent photo we have of Esmeralda on her own. Judging by the amount of Clopin-centric photos we have, I think Horse_Bunny had control of the camera.
See, another photo of Esmeralda -- only because she happened to be on the same cart with Clopin. LOL
And one of the spinny-headed gypsies. Wonders of the internet, I actually started chatting with the female head-spinner via email a while back.
Captain of the Guard, and the least liked character from the film (for whatever reason), Phoebus.
Well, at least Esmeralda liked him. Loved him, in fact. Unfortunately, their union would result in devil-spawn Zephyr. Wow, Disney, you couldn't have come up with a nice period name?
And there's the Miniser of Justice, Judge Claude Frollo. See, I'm not surprised he's ALSO doing the one-finger point. He's evil.
This is why I love the face character for Frollo. If you boo him, you get a reaction.
Keep doing it, though, and he does his best to ignore you.
So, in the midst of the Cavalcade, there was a show stop that had a reenactment of the Festival of Fools scene from the movie. Quasimodo is crowned King of Fools.
And dragged up onto Clopin's cart. Of course, Frollo interrupts the ceremony, and poor Quasi runs back to his float -- er -- the Cathedral.
A different take on the Cavalcade from later in the run. Frollo spent the last half of the parade's history on the Cathedral float when his horse, Snowball, sadly passed away.
One of my favorite shots -- I think because of the various gypsies and guards around the Cathedral. I suppose I should also point out the Victor and Hugo walkarounds.
Almost forgot that Laverne was on there too. Hanging out on the rear, where nobody's gonna see her.
And so, let's end this little flashback of the Topsy Turvy Cavalcade with it rolling into the literal sunset.
If you enjoyed this little trip through yesteryear, please let me know. We have plenty of other photographs laying around here... and you'll never know what we'll end up sharing. I also would like to put out another call for video of the actual Disneyland "Festival of Fools" if you have any. I'm trying to cut together the definitive version of the show to share online, but am missing a few portions of the presentation. (Again, because of the Clopin-centric nature of the footage that I happen to have.)
Bye for now!