Lady and the Tramp, one of my favorite Disney animated features, came out on Blu-ray this week. The original theatrical release poster, which I recently acquired a copy of, bills it as Walt Disney’s “happiest motion picture,” and it’s certainly held its appeal in the 57 years since it was released. Somewhat surprisingly, however, Lady and the Tramp doesn’t have much of a presence in Walt Disney World. I understand that having meet-and-greet characters would be rather difficult, although wouldn’t it be awesome if they found look-alike dogs who would pose for photos? Still, there are references to be found for those who seek them, so here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Lady and the Tramp.
1. Tony’s Town Square
Tony’s Town Square restaurant is located on Main Street, U.S.A. and is based on the Italian restaurant in the movie. References to Lady and the Tramp include a fountain and this window, which gives you a peek at the dogs enjoying their romantic spaghetti dinner outside. I’ve only eaten there once a few years ago, and while I don’t really remember the meal, I did enjoy the theming.
The Disney website says that Tony’s Town Square is not the only restaurant in Walt Disney World themed after Lady and the Tramp, but that Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is, too. I’ve never eaten there, so I can’t speak from experience, but from what I’m reading it sounds like there aren’t overt Lady and the Tramp references there. It’s just that it’s another Italian restaurant in the style of the one from the movie. Let me know in the comments if you’ve eaten there and spotted any movie references, but for now, I’m not counting it. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not to to include it in your Lady and the Tramp touring.
2. Statues at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Now, the references to Lady and the Tramp at Disney’s Pop Century Resort are nothing if not overt. In fact, they’re huge! These statues of Lady and Tramp are in the 1950s section of the hotel. If you’re not staying at Pop Century, you can take the bus there from any theme park. Here’s a map of the resort to help you find the statues.
3. The Great Movie Ride
The Lady and the Tramp reference on The Great Movie Ride is brief. It’s in the movie montage at the end of the attraction. During the romance portion, when the music from Gone with the Wind is playing, you see a clip of the famous spaghetti kiss.
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Your Lady and the Tramp day could begin the night before if you stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. If that’s the case, you can get your photos with Lady and Tramp first thing in the morning and then head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Experience The Great Movie Ride and decide if you want to stop by Mama Melrose’s. In the afternoon, go over to Magic Kingdom and enjoy lunch or dinner at Tony’s. If you don’t mind eating really early or really late, you could schedule your reservations so that you can watch the afternoon or evening parade as you eat. The Disney Food Blog suggests getting reservations 30 minutes before the parade begins when it starts in Frontierland or an hour before when it starts on Main Street, U.S.A. Patio seating isn’t guaranteed, but it’s worth asking. Just make sure you also go inside to see the Lady and the Tramp fountain and window.
Who else loves Lady and the Tramp?