Firefly Incident at Walt Disney World

We just got back from 10 days at Walt Disney World and it was great, as usual. I’ll have more to say later, including a critique of the current state of the four parks, and their rides and shows. But right now I have a strange juxtaposition of Disney World with Firefly.

My friends know that I’m an absolute fanatic for Firefly, the short-lived Joss Whedon show from a few years ago. I have watched every episode on DVD multiple times, and have worked hard to evangelize my friends. Several of them have heeded my advice and are now hooked, themselves.

Anyway, on the second day of our trip, I wore a t-shirt with the Blue Sun logo on it. I didn’t really expect anyone to recognize it, but you never know. We were at Epcot that day, and were having lunch at the Garden Grill restaurant. This restaurant is in The Land pavilion and features Farmer Mickey, Pluto and Chip & Dale who come around to each table to see the kids. Mickey came round first. I took a picture of him with Thomas, and off he went. Then came Pluto. He was playing with Thomas, when all of a sudden he (Pluto) starts emphatically pointing at me. I was trying to figure out what he meant, checking my face for food, etc. Finially, it dawned on me that he was pointing at my shirt. I said “My shirt? Is Pluto a Firefly fan?” At that he began jumping up and down, pointing one paw at me, and the other at his nose (as in “right on the nose”). I then said, “So, you’ve got a TV out in the doghouse?” To which he began nodding vigorously, still jumping up and down, and pointing at me. He then made me give him the double-knuckle high-five over the table.

And that was it. I never expected Pluto to recognize the t-shirt, but he did. He was the only one, but it was so funny. I laughed about it for the rest of the day.