The trouble with Tinker Bell

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IMG_5857-Tinker-Bell-topiary :x This is probably the last photograph I will be able to take of a Tinker Bell topiary at the International Flower and Garden Festival, which takes place each spring in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The reason for this is that the Walt Disney Company, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to mess with the Tinker Bell character in order to cash in on her popularity, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to be brave enough to visit the Tinker Bell section of the festival ever again. Disney’s gone an made a movie filled with grave inaccuracies and a computer-generated effigy of the true Tinker Bell, and I could not be more upset! :x grrr!

Did you know they’ve actually got her TALKING in the film? Tinker Bell should NOT speak – ever. And nowadays, they’ve got her running around the parks – as a FACE character! You know, an actual PERSON. Hey, isn’t she supposed to be able to fit in the palm of your hand?

My childhood dreams are shattered. I’m traumatized, I tell ya! This is no way to treat Tinker Bell. Her entire mystique is being destroyed.

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I hear this year in EPCOT they’re having a Tinker Bell fairy garden (she is not a fairy, she’s a PIXIE – sheesh! :roll: ) The face characters will all be there doing autographs. Well, I guess I’m going to have to stay away from that part of the park. I cannot bear the prospect of coming face to face with these imposters, these… these… these POSERS! It’s going to be difficult, though, because the next time I go to EPCOT, I will probably be in the company of a certain 4-year old – Niece No. 5 – who really loves Tinker Bell, and probably loves the fairies too. She’s cute, this 4-year old. I may not be able to resist a request to go visit Tinker Bell…

Oh, and this has been yet another victory in the Monday Meme Trifecta. The prompt for Manic Monday today is “plant”, and I’ve got Tinker Bell’s yellow hair and blue wings to cover Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

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  16 comments for “The trouble with Tinker Bell

  1. April 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Woot! Woot! Another trifecta. Take a bow. Plus it was a truly great rant about something important. How dare they mess with Tink?

  2. April 19, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Boy you sure do know your Tinkerbell lore. But I learned something. I did not realize she was a pixie. I’ve come away from your blog better informed. I’m clapping my hands to say Thank You.

  3. April 19, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    You are a Tinkerbell expert! Disney should hire you. :)

  4. April 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    sweet tinkerbell!!
    Mellow Yellow

  5. April 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Cool statue!

    I played too :)

  6. April 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I bet Mickey put those Disney folks up to it.

    Great photo!

  7. April 20, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Disney should have consulted you before changing anything!

  8. April 20, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Sadly, Disney tinkers with EVERYTHING it touches. They’ve ruined the classics. Why can’t they stick with cartooning and their own creations, as Walt did? Now they’re tinkering with tink? So sad.

  9. April 20, 2009 at 5:56 am

    :( Sorry about that Tink. I agree with you there.

  10. April 20, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I agree with you. Tinkerbell is one of my childhood favorites!! Why don’t they just create a new character & leave Tinkerbell alone!! She was perfect just the way she was!

  11. April 20, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Here here! Great rant, I agree Tink should be left alone shes like the only one they hadnt 21st centurized and they ruin it all with computer graphics. I am gonna try to go to Epcot Wed. or Thurs. this week. I was there before the F&G festival started and saw where they were building the Fairy garden, cant wait to see the new stuff!
    Have a great week!

  12. April 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I’m chuckling because when my husband watched the Tinkerbell movie (my daughter loves it – we actually won it) he was about as offended as you are about what they’ve done with her character. I guess progress isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

  13. April 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Nothing ever stays the same, does it?
    But I love the picture!

  14. April 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    That is a little disturbing, to have human-sized Tinkerbells touring around the park. Oh, well. The topiary you’ve shown of her is great, and satisfies my Tinkerbell lore.

  15. April 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    You are sooo right. Tinker Bell should not speak. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

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