Written by Joe Lane
Published: September 9, 2004 at 8:13 PM
The great thing about Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure? The detail. Those of us who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books are hit in the face by the nostalgia of it all, and yet, there are still things folks miss off the beaten path. Here's a short sample:
This sign is displayed right at the entrance of Seuss Landing from the Port of Entry. The inscription reads: "To Theodor Geisel 'Dr. Seuss' We Dedicate this Island to Dr. Seuss, May His Genius Forever Be On the Loose! And to Mrs. Geisel, Fondest Thanks Too, For Guiding Our Way Clear to Solla Sollew!"
"One day, making tracks In the prairie of Prax, Came a North-Going Zax And a South-Going Zax..." And here they stand, north and south, neither budging for the other. You can find them, along with a dozen other Seuss bonus items on the coastline of Seuss Landing. Many people take the main thoroughfare past The Cat In The Hat Ride, but a quick left before the Green Eggs And Ham stand will take you around to the far exit of the island and the entrance to The Lost Continent quicker than usual.
Well go ahead... think of 'em!
Well, by George, there IS a Zamp in the lamp! You can find this one near the front of the Mulberry Street Store. Inside...
... a Geeling on the celing. This is obviously a play off the Seuss book "Wocket In My Pocket".
It's the egg from "Horton and the Egg"--a unique photo op hidden behind the Cats, Hats and Things store. Get a shot of a friend one sitting on the lazy bird Maisie's egg--it not only makes for an amusing picture, but also has a hidden conotation that the sitter has some connection to an elephant. Seriously, folks, if you haven't read the story, you need to find a copy and read it. No words yet whether or not an elephant bird has been hatched (or any human birds, for that matter).
Even the no entry signs in Seuss Landing demonstrate the same propensity for rhyme and reason that any good Seuss book would. These are the things you wouldn't normally see unless you really took the time to look for them. That's why it's a part of what you've been missing!
Remember to keep on ridin'!
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