07 April 2009

In our galley

This is a look at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, located on Echo Lake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Enthusiasts of Disney theme parks often speak about the film reference of Min and Bill (from the 1930 film of the same name) or the crates piled high nearby addressed to famous film characters. The clever detail that has escape notice is the collection of nautical flags that fly above the boat.

When translated, naval gazers are left with a rotating letter – number pattern: D7O8C2K5S6I2D8E9D6I3N5E4R. Breaking the two groups apart, we are left with the numbers 782562896354 and letters that spell out DOCKSIDE DINER. This is a fairly clever way to advertise, especially if your clientele generally consists of salty sea dogs.

As for the numerical pattern, 782562896354, this mystery eludes even me. Could they be the dates (7/8/25, 6/2/89, 6/3/54) corresponding to births, weddings, premieres, milestones? You guess is as good as mine, but I would love to hear your theories.

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