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50 things you didn't know about Disneyland
DentonRC.com ^ | Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | By JOHN FLINN

Posted on 11/25/2005 9:46:46 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy

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To: television is just wrong

"my step father Jan Merlin, of tv series, 'space cadets' attended the festivities as well. He still has his ticket stubs."

And I remember MOST of the words to the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Academy song. It was a fun show. Still angry at Astro, though. What a pain he was.


101 posted on 11/26/2005 10:40:46 AM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: Lurker
We got stuck on the It's A Small World ride for 2-1/2 hours when I was about 14.

Too young to commit suicide. I guess a blessing ;)

102 posted on 11/26/2005 10:50:46 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: bigsigh
My neice is a spoon in the current parade.

I am not sure I would broadcast that about MY neice ;)

103 posted on 11/26/2005 10:55:09 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: Mikey

Disney was an avowed Capitalist. Where did you get the idea he was a Commie?

Maybe you have him confused with Eisner?


104 posted on 11/26/2005 10:58:40 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: freedumb2003

LOL, didn't say she GOT spooned.


105 posted on 11/26/2005 11:01:58 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: bigsigh
I just love vague reference -- just a foible (which also sounds a little racy)
106 posted on 11/26/2005 11:04:46 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: bigsigh
"In the 80s, Long Beach turned down a Disney Park which would have been mostly on the water."

Didn't know that! "The Pike" was the old-fashioned amusement park there which closed down in the late '60s or early '70s. It can be seen in the background in some of the later chase scenes in the classic "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", which is well worth renting for many reasons! (As is the fairly recent remake, the hilarious "Rat Race".)
107 posted on 11/26/2005 11:05:06 AM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast (You're it)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

I remember. Thanx for the memory.


108 posted on 11/26/2005 11:07:01 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: freedumb2003
punny,

BTW my daughter used to post here as MsFreedumb99

109 posted on 11/26/2005 11:08:40 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

57. P8riot's first job was skippering a boat through the Jungle Cruise. Though not at the same time as Ron Zeigler.


110 posted on 11/26/2005 11:12:15 AM PST by P8riot (When they come for your guns, give them the bullets first.)
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To: bigsigh
BTW my daughter used to post here as MsFreedumb99

LOL -- that IS funny!

111 posted on 11/26/2005 11:21:46 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Let's tear down the observatory so we never get hit by a meteor again!)
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To: freedumb2003
Funnier, I gave her the name. She was new at political talk and forming opinions, so she agreed to the concept of free and dumb: needing to learn more about freedom. etc.

Best wishes!

112 posted on 11/26/2005 11:24:28 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: Lockbar
I was born & raised in So Cal and went to Disneyland numerous times. I always enjoyed the banjo player and the magic shop.

I was astounded when I read Martin's biography and found out that it was likely him.

113 posted on 11/26/2005 11:26:07 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: Flux Capacitor

Hey! Nice graphic.


114 posted on 11/26/2005 11:28:54 AM PST by Recovering Hermit (Amateur naked ear squatter.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
5. The spooky voice that narrates the Haunted Mansion ride is that of the Pillsbury Doughboy. An actor named Paul Frees, who was to Disney what Mel Blanc was to Warner Brothers, supplied the voices for both, as well as many of the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean and most of the characters in “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” (except Abe himself). He was also the voice of John Lennon in the old Beatles cartoons and Boris Badenov in the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

Awesome. :)

115 posted on 11/26/2005 11:31:42 AM PST by 4mycountry (Now that's just freaking freaky.)
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To: P8riot
I still remember the Jungle Cruise from the late 60s early 70s.

At one section of the river are two apes, I think.

"These are the Lee brothers" said the cruise guide, "Ugly and Homely"

I was a little boy and that made me laugh so hard.

116 posted on 11/26/2005 11:34:06 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: martin_fierro

 

Okay bub, try to get this song out of your head....


117 posted on 11/26/2005 11:34:29 AM PST by Fintan (My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.)
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To: P8riot
P8riot's first job was skippering a boat through the Jungle Cruise.

Do you still end your shift with "..and now we'll return to the really scary stuff; the California freeways..."?

118 posted on 11/26/2005 11:35:31 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Frist would be a great Majority Leader if he had 65 seats..make that 75)
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To: Bear_Slayer
I have similar memories to yours of Martin the banjo player on Main Street.

Lucky for him, he spent some of his off hours over at the Golden Horseshoe where he learned comedy watching Wally Boag perform. What a show that was, with can-can girls, singers, and Wally Boag's hilarious comedy.

119 posted on 11/26/2005 11:42:13 AM PST by logician2u
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
I have a Disney story too. My best friend and I were kicked off Disneyland's dance floor for appearing to be lesbians. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

In So Cal, senior Grad Night was normally a date night at Disneyland, with plenty of schools bringing busloads of couples to the park. I had just returned from overseas and my best buddy was so thrilled to see me again that she chose me (a girl) to be her "date" at our grad night. We honestly thought there would be other kids doing this just to hang out.

Well, noooooo, there weren't! The park was crowded with who-knows-how-many schools that night, but we were the only, the absolute ONLY, same sex couple in the park!! It was a creepy feeling, to say the least! But we still managed to have fun. When we heard a great rock song playing, we jumped onto the dance floor to dance to it (not touching, just rocking out together). Quickly several uniformed Disney authorities ushered us off the dance floor and told us we were not welcome there.

Yes, I was a brave precursor to Disney Gay Days; don't all thank me at once. My friend and I, both married now (to men!) with several kids each, still laugh over this today.

120 posted on 11/26/2005 11:45:21 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: logician2u
I used to go into the magic shop and buy stuff every time we were there.

Martin used to regularly demostrate tricks and balloons in the shop. It was great.

121 posted on 11/26/2005 11:47:33 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
18. Walt Disney kept a 600-square-foot studio apartment above the firehouse on Main Street. It’s maintained as a shrine to the park’s founder and kept just as he left it, with Victorian antiques, red velvet carpeting and a device for making grilled cheese sandwiches. Outsiders are rarely allowed inside. A light shines from the window at all times as a symbol of Disney’s eternal presence.

He was in the process of building a new multi-room apartment for his family elsewhere in the park when he died. The apartment is now the Art Gallery near New Orleans Square.

-PJ

122 posted on 11/26/2005 11:48:04 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Before I die I hope to have had a meal in Club 33. If any FReepers are members, I would be ecstatic to get an invitation to eat there!!


123 posted on 11/26/2005 11:49:27 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Fintan

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124 posted on 11/26/2005 11:51:47 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Loud Mime
Ond day in the California Adventure some girl got hurt from a fall, people with hidden walkie talkies were there immediately.

You're talking immediately! A couple years ago, my then-six-year-old son, on a gymnastics team, was forever trying to flip over all the bars along the ride wait lines. He flipped over one and I heard a real clunk. It was dusk so I could not see well, but when I checked his head, it was all wet.. with blood! He'd hit his head on the fake but rough "rock wall" under the bar! As soon as we told the employee at the front of the line, we had people surrounding us, including a medical doctor and a nurse with a wheelchair.

My son was fine, the doctor said we could do stitches but he didn't really need it (under the hairline), and he wanted to stay at the park. I was hoping Eisner would open his checkbook, but alas, all we got was a free t-shirt to replace the one with blood drops on it.

125 posted on 11/26/2005 11:58:08 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Thanks for posting this, it brought back some great memories.
I could see the Matterhorn from my back yard as a kid.

My Dad worked for Hughes Aircraft as a QC Inspector during the 60's and they would rent out the entire park for employees once a year. After having gone using the A,B,C,D,E system, it was a treat as a kid to be able to ride any ride as often as we wanted.

Thanks for the thread, it made my morning.

Cheers,

knews hound

http://knewshound.blogspot.com/
126 posted on 11/26/2005 12:01:07 PM PST by knews_hound (i know my typing sucks, i do it one handed ! (caps are especially tough))
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To: Scoutmaster

ROFL, what a story!!! Love the image!


127 posted on 11/26/2005 12:03:59 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
Yep. My Disney childhood memories disappearing one by one. Goofy and Snow White sharing a cigarette. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) topless in Victor, Victoria. Hayley Mills (the British waif from numerous Disney movies, including Pollyanna and the original The Parent Trap) topless in the movie Deadly Strangers.

Next you'll be telling me that Disney is making R-rated movies, or that Disney World and Disneyland have a Gay Pride Day or something (he said, tongue in cheek).

128 posted on 11/26/2005 12:18:23 PM PST by Scoutmaster
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To: 4mycountry; Nasty McPhilthy
5. The spooky voice that narrates the Haunted Mansion ride is that of the Pillsbury Doughboy. An actor named Paul Frees, who was to Disney what Mel Blanc was to Warner Brothers, supplied the voices for both, as well as many of the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean and most of the characters in “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” (except Abe himself). He was also the voice of John Lennon in the old Beatles cartoons and Boris Badenov in the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

***********

Awesome. :)

Yep, that's as good as seeing "Aunt Bethany" on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and thinking "Dang, that actress (Mae Questral) sure has an oddly familiar voice." Turns out she was the voice of Olive Oyl.

129 posted on 11/26/2005 12:45:09 PM PST by Charles Martel
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To: Scoutmaster
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) topless in Victor, Victoria.

That was S.O.B.

-PJ

130 posted on 11/26/2005 12:51:07 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Recovering Hermit
Hey! Nice graphic.

You were around last night, weren't you?

131 posted on 11/26/2005 12:55:42 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: knews_hound
My Dad worked for Hughes Aircraft as a QC Inspector during the 60's and they would rent out the entire park for employees once a year. After having gone using the A,B,C,D,E system, it was a treat as a kid to be able to ride any ride as often as we wanted.

My dad was at Hughes too, at the same time. Prolly saw you at those company nights. No tickets needed; we were special. And therefore cool.

132 posted on 11/26/2005 12:58:43 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Do you still end your shift with "..and now we'll return to the really scary stuff; the California freeways..."?

There were a few canned sign-offs and that was one of them. I worked there in the early 70's and haven't been back to D'Land since the early 80's (I've lived in Virginia since '84). A lot of things have changed since then.

133 posted on 11/26/2005 1:00:24 PM PST by P8riot (When they come for your guns, give them the bullets first.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

I was pregnant with my first born in January, 1994. I woke up hungry and ate a big breakfast. There we were in the parking line for Disneyland when that baby began to make me feel sick. We were locked in. My husband still teases me about puking up at "The Happiest Place on Earth".


134 posted on 11/26/2005 1:02:28 PM PST by HungarianGypsy (`)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Here's another factoid:

The Carousel of Progress ride is narrated by the late Jean Shepherd (most familiar as the narrator of A Christmas Story). I liked the ride better when the final, modern/futuristic segment of the ride featured a nuclear power plant (visible in the distance through the kitchen window).

135 posted on 11/26/2005 1:02:37 PM PST by Charles Martel
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To: Lurker
We got stuck on the It's A Small World ride for 2-1/2 hours when I was about 14. To this day that song still sends chills up my spine.

I was on a commercial shoot for Disneyland once. I had to ride Small World about 12 times in a row for one shot. Five seconds of film, four hours of hell.

136 posted on 11/26/2005 1:30:58 PM PST by LexBaird (tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) topless in Victor, Victoria.

That was S.O.B.

You are almost certainly correct, and for that I am thankful. Now all questions about topless movie roles may be directed to you instead of to me, with your gracious permission (**laughing**).

And if anyone asked, it's not that I actually saw either of those topless performances. I just heard about them from . . . a friend. Yeah, that's the ticket.

137 posted on 11/26/2005 1:45:44 PM PST by Scoutmaster
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To: bigsigh
In the 80s, Long Beach turned down a Disney Park which would have been mostly on the water.

They built it in Tokyo instead. It's called DisneySea.

138 posted on 11/26/2005 1:58:34 PM PST by LexBaird (tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: righttackle44

recently, Frankie Thomas (also on the show) was involved in an automobile accident. He sustained a broken hip. These guys are not real young any more and I wish him a speedy recovery.


139 posted on 11/26/2005 2:45:43 PM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong

"These guys are not real young any more and I wish him a speedy recovery."

I'll join with you in good wishes for him. No, these guys can't be too young.


140 posted on 11/26/2005 2:52:05 PM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
always like to ask this question about Disney.

Why was he not given he proper credit for his OSWALD THE RABBIT creation?

Boop boop bedoop, boop boop bedoop, boopboop bedoop. That's Oswald!.....From the old cartoon song

Walt made those cartoons under contract to a film distributor in NY(a rather unscrupulous distributor) Walt didn't adequately protect his intellectual property,and when the contract ended, so did his rights to the character.

Walt never made that mistake again. Every character , song invention, etc. that came out of Disney from then on was meticulously documented and researched.

CC

141 posted on 11/26/2005 3:18:04 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (Billy Tauzin about Louisiana: "half the state is under water, the other half is under indictment")
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To: Mikey
Walt was a ambulance driver at the tail end of WW 1 He was a unabashed patriot and American, and was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in 1964 for , among other things making WW 2 training films for the military at or below his own cost. Communist? Not a chance.

CC

142 posted on 11/26/2005 3:22:32 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (Billy Tauzin about Louisiana: "half the state is under water, the other half is under indictment")
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To: savedbygrace
The other announcement is "will the owner of a red landspeeder, license plate thx 1138 please return to your vehicle, you are double parked"

thx 1138 was Georges student film

CC

143 posted on 11/26/2005 3:27:29 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (Billy Tauzin about Louisiana: "half the state is under water, the other half is under indictment")
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To: U S Army EOD
"...they were talking about some kind of Interstate highway ...I just don't see how it would be possible to do that."

In california, we have some 6 lane parking lots that stretch as far as the eye can see! It seems like CALTRANS cannot build the Interstate Highways you so fondly remember being discussed back in 1954. :>)

Semper Fi

144 posted on 11/26/2005 3:50:34 PM PST by An Old Man (USMC 1956 1960)
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To: An Old Man

Well it was science fiction on Tomorrow Land.


145 posted on 11/26/2005 4:10:09 PM PST by U S Army EOD (I NEED TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TAG LINE)
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To: Yaelle

Your son was lucky compared to the girl I saw.

She ran up to her friend as if to give her a flying hug, but the other girl ducked, resulting in they flying girl cartwheeling over the other girls back. Her head hit the pavement first with the most sickening thud I've ever heard. She was out, eyes open and motionless.

I still wonder what happened to her.


146 posted on 11/26/2005 4:19:56 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: logician2u

In downtown Disneyland there is a violinist who plays quite well. But, it's the same performance every night. One night I was getting a hogs and dogs ice cream right next to his performance area and I asked a clerk if that violinist was there every weekend.
"no," the clerk replied, "He's here every damned night, every damned night."

That's why they're called cast members.


147 posted on 11/26/2005 4:26:49 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: logician2u

was Wally Boag on the Muppett Show?


148 posted on 11/26/2005 4:29:41 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: Loud Mime
Yup.
149 posted on 11/26/2005 5:44:13 PM PST by logician2u
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To: logician2u

My brother and I died laughing during that episode. The fact that we recently scores Maui Waui had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with it.


150 posted on 11/26/2005 6:01:32 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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