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The SATURDAY SIX PRESENTS – Plastic in the Parks!

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX presents a brand new feature: PLASTIC IN THE PARKS!  Earlier this week, LEGO announced a new Disney Parks Train and Station set that got the attention of many theme park fans.


LEGO and theme parks go together like peas & carrots, pepperoni & pizza, or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge & guests (well, maybe not the last one). Regular readers of the SAT 6 know how much we love LEGOs (especially the Cinderella Castle with “vacation ruining accessory!”) and our own hot shot photographer Michael Carelli  has been taking pics of LEGOs at Disney and Universal for a while now. So allow us to proudly present the first in a series of articles we like to call PLASTIC AT THE PARKS, and today we’re going to look at some of our favorite places in central Florida theme parks to take photos at, starting with…

# 6 – Magic Kingdom

Speaking of the iconic train stations, Walt Disney World’s version is a great backdrop for a shot of our favorite Disney couple.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Elsa getting ready to freeze Cinderella Castle.

Frozen‘s Elsa and Anna.(photo by Michael Carelli)

Prince Eric’s castle for Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid provides the perfect background for someone who wants to be “part of your world.”

Ariel. (photo by Michael Carelli)

“Fortunately I know a little magic…”

Ursula. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Cheshire Cat and Alice in front of Mad Tea Party.

Alice in Wonderland characters. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Captain Jack Sparrow looking for treasure at Pirates of the Caribbean.

“You are without a doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.”
“Ah, but you have heard of me…”(photo by Michael Carelli)

Jack Skellington and Sally wondering when we in Florida are going to get the Haunted Mansion Holiday that Disneyland has. Interestingly enough, in September the The Haunted Mansion LEGO set is going under official review after quickly getting 10,000 online votes of support. That means we may have Gracey Manor joining our Disney train and station set. Disney fans may want to check out the LEGO Ideas website to see some wonderful fan-made creations based on the Main Street Emporium, the 1959 Disneyland Mark I Monorail, the 2019 Mark VII Monorail and even a ride vehicle for the Dinosaur attraction at Animal Kingdom!

A Nightmare Before Christmas. (photo by Michael Carelli)

We’ll close out with Tink herself in front of the castle.

“All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

# 5 – EPCOT

One of the biggest surprises of this year in movies was that the live action Aladdin remake was actually good. You still can’t beat the original though, and here we have Aladdin and Genie in front of the place you can find Princess Jasmine (and sometimes even a rare spotting of Jafar), the Morocco Pavilion.

“Genie, you’re free!” (photo by Michael Carelli)

# 4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land is the perfect setting for the many LEGO versions of Toy Story characters. Here we have Woody and Buzz taking a ride in RC with Slinky Dog Dash behind them.

“You my friend are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with star command!”
“You are a toy!!”
(photo by Michael Carelli)

Indiana Jones in front of his incredible stunt show.

“We don’t follow maps to treasure, and X never, ever marks the spot!” (photo by Michael Carelli)

I know I’m pretty much alone on the island, but for me personally, Fantasmic! is pound for pound my favorite Disney’s Nighttime Spectuclar. One of the characters who plays an important role during the show is Maleficent.

“Now you will deal with me, and all the powers of MY IMAGINATION!!!” (photo by Michael Carelli)

No matter how good Mickey’s Runaway Railway may be, losing The Great Movie Ride hurt.

“I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas Hollywood Studios anymore.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

# 3 – Islands of Adventure

Marvel Superhero Island is a picturesque setting for a whole ton of LEGOs, including the green goliath himself.

Hulk Smash!(photo by Michael Carelli)

The Sentinel of Liberty himself in front of Captain America Diner.

“I can do this all day.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

One of the most underrated queues in any theme park is the one for Dr. Doom’s Fearfall.

“You are the last and final piece of my plan. Your terror, sucked from the very marrow of your being, will fill my Fear Fuel Reservoir, and make me the most powerful man on Earth!” (photo by Michael Carelli)

Ol’ Web Head himself in front of one of the Greatest Rides Ever Made.

“With Doc Ock on the loose, this could be the most dangerous night of my life! And YOURS!” (photo by Michael Carelli)

This Summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home was a true delight, but the surprise of finding out J Jonah Jameson was back immediately became of my favorite movie moments of the year.

With Spiderman nearby, trouble can’t be far away. And you know what trouble means… Headlines! National coverage!” (photo by Michael Carelli)

There is a lot of details throughout Marvel Superhero Island referencing many characters, including Tony Stark.

“Iron Man. That’s kind of catchy. It’s got a nice ring to it. I mean it’s not technically accurate. The suit’s a gold titanium alloy, but it’s kind of provocative, the imagery anyway.” – Tony Stark in Iron Man (photo by Michael Carelli)

What’ve they got in there? King Kong?”

Dr. Ian Malcom. (photo by Michael Carelli)

# 2 – Universal Studios Florida

There are not many rides I will chain myself to if a park threatens to close it, but the E.T. Adventure is one of them.

Steven….trouble.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

If you’ve never experienced the Horror Make-Up Show because you’re “not into horror,” let me alleviate your fears. I was in the exact same boat and put off this show for years until a friend of mine dragged me into it because they loved the art of movie make-up. Turns out the show is a fascinating look into make-up (and special effects) of horror films and is absolutely hilarious. There are two hosts of the live show and they spend much more time on “funny” than “scary” and throw in a whole bunch of pop-culture references for the crowd to enjoy.

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! (photo by Michael Carelli)

Doc Brown and Marty McFly in front of the most famous automobiles in movie history.

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

The Simpsons family in front of Springfield USA.

The Simpsons. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Universal is loaded with great gift shops, but one of my absolute favorites is the Kwik-E-Mart. Filled with spot-on theme park commentary (“Today’s souvenirs at tomorrow’s prices!”) and a bunch of great items (including the perfect gift for the “Bort” in your life,) it’s one store Simpsons fans owe it to themselves to experience.

Apu. (photo by Michael Carelli)

#1 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

With the amount of Harry Potter-themed LEGO figures available and two fantastic lands to photograph them at, The Wizarding World takes our top spot. We have to start off with the boy who lived…

Harry Potter. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Hagrid in front of Universal’s newest coaster.

“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’” (photo by Michael Carelli)

Dumbledore in front of Hogwarts Castle.

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.” (photo by Michael Carelli)

The amount of Wizarding World merchandise that comes straight from the Harry Potter movies is just jaw dropping, and many of our favorites come from the Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes store.

“I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.” – Fred and George Weasley (photo by Michael Carelli)

He was in YOUR vault Bellatrix…” – Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts

He Who Shall Not Be Named and Bellatrix Lestrange.(photo by Michael Carelli)

Stay tuned later this year when we have a follow up edition that will include STAR WARS and shots from Halloween Horror Nights. Have a request? Let us know in the comments!

So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Presents: PLASTIC AT THE PARKS! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 

6 Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exist (But Totally Should!)

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Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, hot shot Michael Carelli, the mistress of merchandise @HedgehogsCorner, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick,  and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2019 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? That’s right, ANOTHER NEW ONE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION! Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!

Worst SATURDAY SIX ever.” – Comic Book Guy

“Oh, a sarcasm detector. Oh, that’s a real useful invention!” – Comic Book Guy (photo by Michael Carelli)

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2 thoughts on “The SATURDAY SIX PRESENTS – Plastic in the Parks!

  • I am 1,000% doing this next time I go! What a great idea!

  • Great piece. Big fun.


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