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    Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    Let me start off by saying that I'm a HUGE shutterbug. I love to photograph nearly everything I see, especially those tiny details that other people might miss. The thing is, some of those tiny details are quite strange. I've been curious about these things for a while now, and since this site seems to be overflowing with Disneyologists, I hoped maybe some of you could shed some light on these mysteries.


    Mystery 1 - Stone Artichokes

    Okay, fine, they're probably made out of wood/fiberglass. BUT, that doesn't make them any less mysterious!

    My first encounter with the "artichokitechture" started with Pirates.





    I thought they were interesting, took a quick picture, and then went on my merry way without giving the veggies a second thought. That is, until I got in line for Toad...



    "Huh, why does that look familiar?" I thought to myself. I then scrolled through my pictures, and then found my picture of the artichokes on the bridge. They were different sizes and shapes, yes, but still artichokes. But that's not all! The next day, in the Penny Arcade...



    Again?? What's the deal here? As far as I know, artichokes aren't commonly used decorations...are they? And why do they appear in three different places in the park, even upside-down at one point?


    Mystery 2 - Popcorn Cart of Doom

    I saw this while driving around Autopia. Why is there? What is it for?? How did it get there???



    Why is it the Popcorn Cart of Doom, you ask? Because it's...OUT OF THEME!!!

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    Mystery 3 - The Elephant Conspiracy


    The Penny arcade is decked out with all sorts of patriotic decorations. There's red, white, and blue everywhere, and even a game involving Uncle Sam. So, what's with the elephants? Perhaps it's a subtle reference to Walt's political views? Or maybe I'm just looking into things way too deeply?

    Oh, and before you ask, there aren't any donkeys.



    Stranger still, all the eagles are located way over on the side of the street.



    Oh, and don't forget the big elephant in the Ice Cream Parlor!



    (For the record, I know none of the people located at the bottom of this picture.)


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    All right everyone! I'm looking forward to your enlightening explainations!

    (All photos are my own.)


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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    I don't know about the others
    but very interesting.
    The elephant thing
    I just think that might be over thought.
    I always saw some of the items are gifts or something that reminded him of the trips he would take to bring a realistic point to the park.
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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    Well Mr. Disney was a hard-core, right-wing Republican.
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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    I have often wondered about the elephant. If nothing more than a victorian style decoration. As for the artichokes, I think they are supposed to be pine cones
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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    Quote Originally Posted by Leofoenget View Post
    I have often wondered about the elephant. If nothing more than a victorian style decoration. As for the artichokes, I think they are supposed to be pine cones
    I thought the same thing.
    Never got an Artichoke vibe at all
    but I can see where one could see it as one
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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    Nice pics man...
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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    I always thought those artichokes were pineapples
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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    I kinda like the arti-cones...theming consistency I remember seeing the popcorn cart, but have NO explanation! Hitchiker, maybe?

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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    They look more like pineapples, but I think they are a common decor item.

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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    SCUBAbe is right! Pineapples are considered to be a symbol of hospitality. Perhaps this might explain the pineapple decor that can be found around the parks?

    Though I do like thinking of them as artichokes.

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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    The popcorn cart in the Autopia landscape has metal nuts and bolts in it, as if they are the equivalent of popcorn for the cars. I forget what the window says on the front, but I think it says "nuts and bolts" somewhere in it lol. That's the only explanation I have out of the three.







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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    LOL artichokitechture. I have no idea why the atichokes slash pinecones are such a big design element here. Maybe it's because they are elegant looking and classic? You won't see them in my home, but they add nice little touches I think.


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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    Quote Originally Posted by Garfieldo View Post
    Oh, and don't forget the big elephant in the Ice Cream Parlor!

    I think if anyone is a Republican it must be Michael Eisner. During Walt's day this was a backstage area of the old Sunkist Citrus House. This seating area in what is now the Gibson Girl existed only since the early 90s.

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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    Quote Originally Posted by Garfieldo View Post
    Mystery 3 - The Elephant Conspiracy
    The Penny arcade is decked out with all sorts of patriotic decorations. There's red, white, and blue everywhere, and even a game involving Uncle Sam. So, what's with the elephants? Perhaps it's a subtle reference to Walt's political views? Or maybe I'm just looking into things way too deeply?

    Oh, and before you ask, there aren't any donkeys.
    well..the elephant is the best



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    Re: Stone Artichokes & Other Mysteries

    I don't think they're pineapples, or pine cones. They look like artichokes to me, too.

    But, I have no answers to any of your questions. Sorry!

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