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- Already in just the opening scene.
- Actually, this game may be the best example here, as, according to the dev team, every single detail is a Shout-Out to some obscure bit of Disney history. Mickey's sidekick, Gus? He's from an unmade WWII cartoon by Roald Dahl. The NPCs on Mean Street? Extras from Classic Disney Shorts. Individual barrels? You'd better believe they turned up in one Disney project or another before showing up here. Shown Their Work doesn't begin to cover it.
- Mickeyjunk Mountain, an area built out of old Mickey merchandise, contains cartridges of old Mickey games on the NES and SNES.
- Not only is "Petetronic" wearing armor that glows with Tron Lines, he throws a homing Deadly Disc from his back, and summons rotating energy shields to protect him, all inside a presumably computerized arena where floor tiles disappear when struck.
- He's wearing Sark's armor, specifically. Beating him with Paint slowly turn's it into Tron's suit. The whole fight is a reference to the battles with giant Sark and the MCP.
- Petetronic has somewhat of a Zelda-ish feel, as he throws his Disc at you, and Mickey makes it fly back in a sort of Ocarina of Time/Wind Waker/Twilight Princess + Mickey Mouse boss.
- A piece of concept art in the game revealed him to have more of a Treasure Planet-y feel, making him look more like Long John Silver.
- The Tanker Beetleworx also have lightcycle bodies, as well as the heads of the guards from Lilo and Stitch when in Tomorrow City. They can also appear with the heads of Lady Grimhilde (y'know, the Evil Queen's hag-form) and poison-apple bodies.
- Other Beetleworx contain references. Hoppers take the forms of Scuttle or vultures, dependent on area.
- The Bashers in Tomorrow City are based on Maximillian.
- The Lonesome Ghosts are NPCs at Lonesome Manor, Peter Pan's pirates occupy Tortooga, extras from Mickey and the Beanstalk roam Mean Street...
- Yen Sid mentions Mickey was his apprentice. If you look closely behind him when he sends Mickey back through the mirror, there's a bucket and two brooms on the floor.
- Dark Beauty Castle is the Wasteland's counterpart to the Disneyland Paris version of Sleeping Beauty Castle, complete with a somber reendition of "Once Upon A Dream" for its Leitmotif. It's also loaded with fireworks.
- The castle also features many of the gargoyles from Beast's Castle and even Victor, Hugo and Laverne. It also apparently contains images of Scar, Captain Hook and Maleficent.
- Speaking of the castles at the Disney theme parks the 2D transition level based off Sleeping Beauty kind of looks like one of the old doll diaorahmas that were used to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty in the Castle Walkthrough at the theme park before it got closed down and then re-opened with the modern one. This troper can tell because he looked at a video of the old castle walkthrough at Disneyland and saw that the diaromah that showed the castle in the distance and the place where the 2D level starts both look similar and even compared them for a bit.
- One of the statues in the very first room in Dark Beauty Castle IS the Beast himself, holding a three-pronged candle. We all know who this is supposed to be.
- Speaking of which, the Phantom Blot is the second Disney villain to be defeated with fireworks.
- Nevermind the Great Stone Dragon and Mushu in the same room as the aforementioned Beast Statue. They're, well, statues.
- When Dark Beauty Castle gets restored by the rain of Paint, a beam of light flies over it, in the same vein of the Walt Disney Pictures logos.
- Spatters are malevolent versions of the brooms from The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
- The real Phantom Blot looks a lot like Chernabog when first created, and Maleficent when set free.
- Most of the Wasteland is built on forgotten or existing Disney Theme Parks rides. Divided by area:
- Gremlin Village: Dumbo ride, Aladdin's Flying Carpets, It's A Small World.
- Tomorrow City: The Sky-Ride, the People Movers, Space Mountain, Moonliner Rocket and Not-ilus.
- Tortooga: Skull Island, the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Pirates of the Carribean ride (complete with burning buildings in an area that boats pass through), Adventureland.
- Mean Street: The cinema (showing Steamboat Oswald), souvenir shop, penny-arcade, and ice-cream parlour all exist in real-life Main Street.
- Ostown: Donald's Tug-Boat and Mickey's House.
- Lonesome Manor: The Haunted Mansion.
- New Orleans Square (under the name Bog Easy)
- Several characters from Thru The Mirror appear, including Mickey's phone, the radio and the card soldiers
- Two pirates in Tortooga are named Gabe and Tycho.
- In the library of Lonesome Manor, the statue near the staircase is Simba.
- When filling in paintings in Dark Beauty Castle near the end of the game, you find a small paintable square on the wall. Paint it in, and it becomes the Beast's portrait in human form from the West Wing, complete with claw marks through the center.
- There are even references to Kingdom Hearts! Casey's key you have to get near the start of the game? It's design is very similar to Kairi's keyblade. Mickey getting his heart stolen sounds familiar as well. Some of the blotlings act very similar to heartlesses.
- In the sequel, the new versions of the Travel levels are called Dahl Engineering Corridors.
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