Critters on the Castle: The White Rabbit

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

The White Rabbit


IMG_0849-Magic-Kingdom-Castle-White-RabbitThe White Rabbit is a character from Disney’s 1951 animated feature Alice in Wonderland. Without the White Rabbit, Alice would never have ventured down the rabbit hole to have all those adventures in Wonderland.

The film was based upon Lewis Carroll’s novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.. Those who endeavor to analyze literature have always taken Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole as a metaphoric representation of some sort of intellectual and/or emotional and/or spiritual awakening (they can’t seem to agree on this). That would make our White Rabbit the catalyst for such an awakening. He is, after all, a herald – note he’s got his trumpet, preparing to announce the arrival of the Queen of Hearts and her hapless King.

On the other hand, Jefferson Airplane saw the White Rabbit as a metaphor for a (possibly chemically induced) psychotic, mind-altering experience. Whereas Disney’s White Rabbit races by muttering, “I’m late, I’m late!”, Grace Slick’s version admonishes us to “Feed your head! Feed your head!”

Whichever the case – if you see the White Rabbit, remember that he is the proverbial rocker of worlds and hang on tight – your trip down the rabbit hole is likely to be a wild ride 😉

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23 thoughts on “Critters on the Castle: The White Rabbit”

  1. Sometimes a photographer will desire a cloudy day for a certain mood, on others they’ll desire a clear beautiful blue sky… the later has worked wonders in your photograph. The metallic kind of colours in the structure looks amazing against that backdrop. Has the vibe of a cool postcard.

    Great composition also.

  2. Hi Tink, I was in Disneyland in 2005 on my actual birthday, and we had a blast.Thank you for posting this, we are going tomorrow for my daughter’s 25th free b-day pass. I seem to forget which attraction to see. I will keep an eye on this.

  3. Great information and super photo of the White Rabbit. Takes me a while to figure these things out, I grew up thinking “Puff the Magic Dragon” was just that, a dragon named Puff 😉 My hubby had to explain that one to me, sigh…..

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