A Capital One commercial for Christmas 2020 has Santaplayed by John Travoltafinishing gift shopping for his elves when pitchman Samuel L. Jackson video-chats in and points out a coupon app. In addition to a reference to Samuel's profuse cursing, there are several references to Pulp Fiction. Samuel is wearing a sweater that says "Happy Holidays With Cheese", and the extended commercial ends with Santa Travolta doing his dance from the film. (Unfortunately, Uma Thurman did not play Mrs. Claus.)invoked
In the October 1939 issue, Harold A Lower begins his nonfiction article "Hunting Big Game" by thanking Dr Zwicky for allowing them to use information on supernovae data published in Astrophysical Journal
The September 1940 issue nonfiction article, "Universe for Lenses" by RS Richardson, says "the juiciest plums in physical science always seem to be just a little beyond our reach", a reference to Tantalus from Classical Mythology.
In "A Wagon of a Different Color," after Ojo, Pip and Pop reveal the newly painted wagon, Ojo says that she thinks it has every color in the world. Bear says that it does and Pip and Pop comment "And we helped!" in a manner that seems very reminiscent of the classic Shake 'n Bake commericals.
One of the episodes is titled "The Great Pretender," which is a golden oldie by the The Platters.
Disneyland is full of these to former attractions. To whit:
In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, just as you leave the Heffalumps and Woozles part, if you look behind you, you can see three trophy heads - Max, Buff, and Melvin, from the attraction that once occupied that spot: Country Bear Jamboree. In Florida, at Walt Disney World, turning around at the right moment you will be able to see a picture of Mr Toad handing over a deed to Owl as an homage to Mr Toad's Wild Ride which used to occupy that space.
Somewhere in the projector room in the queue for Indiana Jones Adventure, there is an Eeyore signnote At the very top, in the back of the room; best spotted if you turn around just before you leave the room and look back and up - that spot used to be the Eeyore section of the old parking lot.
In Autopia, there's a bronzed Midget Autopia car, referencing the long-gone attraction.
Swiss Family Treehouse, based off of the movie Swiss Family Robinson, once occupied the spot where Tarzan's Treehouse is now. A gramophone in Tarzan's Treehouse still plays the Swisskapolka
The Mighty Microscope from Adventure Thru Inner Space is still there - you can see it across from a mechanical arm that almost hits the Starspeeder 3000 in Star Tours and the comet scene pays a subtle nod to the snowflakes from Adventure.
The new Star Tours once again features the Mighty Microscope on left hand side of the screen in a lit corridor just before the Starspeeder 1000 leaves the unfinished Death Star 1 through a docking bay.
An actual engine from the Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland sits at the edge of the Rivers of America
Similarly, one of the first rooms of Big Thunder Mountain is a cavern with pools of multicolored water utilizing forced perspective. This is a reference to the Rainbow Caverns section of Nature's Wonderland which partly occupied the area of Big Thunder Mountain.
Mike Fink Keel Boats transported guests along the Rivers of America until 1997. One boat, the Gullywhumper, is moored as a prop along the rivers.
There are four shout-outs to the House of the Future in Innoventions alone.
The audio-animatronic critters from the old America Sings attraction were mostly moved to Splash Mountain (a lot of them are on the riverboat at the end of the ride, which can also be seen from the train between New Orleans Square Station and Toontown/Fantasyland Station). Two of the ducks from America Sings were stripped of their outer coverings and turned into the small robots in the Star Tours queue.
Universal Orlando Resort's new water park, Volcano Bay, includes a subtle Shout Out to the resort's previous water park, Wet 'n Wildnote which was not originally a Universal park, but was acquired by the corporation in 1998. The new park features a pair of water slides named Maku and Puihi. Maku means "Wet" and "Puihi" means "Wild" in the Maori language.
The character Jaws is made to look like the shark in the movie poster for the movie Jaws. The character's even named after the movie!
Another Gogo's character, Cupix, quite clearly appears to have Tetris running on his screen.
The Star Monsters series has characters in it that can go through evolution in the following fashion: A Star Monster evolves into a new Star Monster, and can then evolve into another new Star Monster from there, if possible. Sound familiar?