Skip to comments.50 things you didn't know about Disneyland
Posted on 11/25/2005 9:46:46 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy
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As seen in the movie CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.
I too visited the Worlds Fair that year and was also age 9 the first year (for those that don't know, the NY Worlds Fair ran the summer of 64 and 65). My dad was an executive that dealt with almost all of the corporate sponsors and we got VIP tickets for most of the rides. For Carousel of Progress that included walking on a catwalk over the animatronnic characters on their stages. Did you know that they didn't bother making the parts of the bodies the audience couldn't see? Very disturbing to a 9 year old.
I think you're combining two rides in your memory. I'm pretty sure Small World, sponsored by Pepsi, always used boats. Either Ford or GM was right across the 'street' and it used cars. That's the ride that had the animatronic dinos, I think.
I 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
Speaking of the "Disney magic", Mrs. Chandler and I once went to a Holloween costume party where most of the party goers were Disney parade workers. There was one beautiful young woman there dressed as a 'southern belle'. She came with a short black female servant, kind of an "Aunt Jemima" type. Well, the short black servant was really white and the girl friend of the southern belle, who was really a man!
If you ever get invited to a party with Disney costumed personnel, don't pass it up!
In 1965 my family took a road trip from Chicago of Calif. and spent the Fourth of July At Disneyland. I was vividly remember a street performer doing a Banjo-Comedy act on Main Street. 20 years later I found out that it was a young Steve Martin.
One definition of Hell that keeps me somewhat good is that Hell is being stuck for eternity on the "It's a Small, Small World" ride at Disneyland with no exit...
Yes, yes you're right, it was so long ago. I remember something else, a exhibit that made an explosion on purpose, a big whump, scared the bejesus out of me and my brother, it was some kind simulated fusion expolosion. OK I did a search and cheated it was the GE "Fusion on Earth" exhibit, the Fords were from the "Magic Skyway" exhibit.
Hey check this out:
Man I forgot tons more than I remembered.
Many years ago I took Mrs. Swordmaker and our two daughters to Disneyland on Thanksgiving. It was open on Thanksgiving until midnight. Our family decided we would take the LAST tour of the Haunted Mansion Ride at midnight... we timed it so that they closed the doors right after we entered. When we rode the roomsized elevator down to the entry hall, my older daughter, then about 12, laid down on the floor... followed by my younger daughter... and then my wife and I did likewise so we could watch the events transpiring on the stretching walls and ceiling easier. Before the ride ended everyone on the elevator was stretched out comfortably on the floor and the Disney employees were laughing!
Years later, Mrs. Swordmaker and I were in Disneyland and decided to take the same midnight closing Haunted Mansion Tour... and discovered our daughter's impromptu act of many years before had become a "tradition," allowed only on the last tour at midnight. I have heard from others about this tradition since then so it must be continuing.
I also still have two decks of World's Fair playing cards from back then, that my grandparents had.
my step father Jan Merlin, of tv series, 'space cadets' attended the festivities as well. He still has his ticket stubs.
Been to club 33 twice. once with a former friend, who worked at imagineering,
second time with a friend who had a company party there.
I cried when we had to go home, I loved that stuff. Same with Disney, a high school senior all teared up over Tinkerbell, sheesh, those innocent days before I started to see political demons in everything, take me back.
I do remember getting special treatment at the Pepsi pavilion because my cousin worked there. Ironically, I haven't been back to NYC since even though I live in Maryland and it's only 4 hours away or so - I totally missed the WTC twin towers.
I missed the Pierson's Puppeteers exhibit, yes a Niven fan too. Read most of the known space books and the stuff he wrote with Jerry Pournelle, Was also a big Chaos Manor fan from Byte mag. Read Greg Bear too.
My employer made all of us service managers take the "Disney Magic" course over three days at Disney World in 1990.
The most interesting part of the course (and the only thing I stayed awake for) was the tour of Unter Disney World.
Disney World is actually the second layer of the enterprise, built over all of the offices, maintenance shops and warehouses. All of the overpriced merchandise reaches the shelves above ground from below so the marks, I mean tourists, don't see any clutter, carts or shift changes.
Finding out that I'd spend an extended period in the park as part of my training (in a costume, as a street cleaner, a ride operator, security, retail, etc.) was odd, but understandable, because this was pre-Eisner Disney and there really was a Disney culture that you had to learn (or so I was told).
However, as a child growing up in LA, I'd probably been to Disneyland 15 times and was still bright-eyed and innocent about the Disneyland and Disney World parks themselves. The tours under the park and the tour behind the Main Street buildings was a shock. Man, that place generates trash, and the number of stuffed characters being shuttled underground from retail outlet to retail outlet is amazing.
At the parade staging area, Goofy had his head off and held under one arm, with part of his upper costume pulled down over his shoulders (he was wearing a "wife-beater" t-shirt) and was sharing a cigarette with Snow White. Apparently, either smoking in costume (even with your head off and hidden in the staging area) or wearing the t-shirt, was a MAJOR no-no. The executive riding with me in the double-seater golf cart made the driver stop. He lectured Goofy and Snow White (out of earshot).
The tour ruined Disney's mystique for me. I've taken my kids to Disney World six to eight times since then and every time I see Goofy or Snow White in the parade, I picture wife-beater Goofy passing the butt to Snow White so she can take a long, deep drag.
Re: ...but they cant pee in the street.
Evidently, he hasn't been to the West Coast lately...
Since that tour, I have absolutely no desire to even visit the Orlando area. Once you've seen the 'World" from backstage, it quickly loses all the charm and I see it little better than the wallet vacuums called 'casinos'.
LOL. At our recent visit, that was almost upped to 3563.
My neice is a spoon in the current parade.
The city council of Pomona, CA turned down Disney after walking through the fields by the LA County Fairgrounds while he described his project. They said they had the Fair and that was enough.
Last week there one of the cast members told me that he park was sold out - - 75,000 people there.
They must have one hell of a sewage disposal system.
In the 80s, Long Beach turned down a Disney Park which would have been mostly on the water.
54. Kevin Costner's ex-wife Cindy was one person who played the part of Cinderella at Disneyland.
55. The giant Christmas Tree is decorated with items that are in scale with the size of the tree, which adds to the size illusion.
Saw this was posted from the DRC... paper of my former home town.
Props to dynamic Denton, Texas.
56. When disneyland was built, the electronics that ran the TIKI ROOM were so numerous, that it made Walt Disney the second highest purchaser of same, second only to the U S Government. It was a marvel.
I have been to Disneyland 38 times, and was there 6 times in 9 weeks, with visiting friends and relatives. I liked alot of the older rides better than the newer ones, like the big plastic house and the Carousel of Progress, where the seats moved around in a circle around the stages. The stores in Frontiesland were neat, and I still have an outfit I made with wool plaid I bought at the Pendleton store.
Walt Disney kept a 600-square-foot studio apartment above the firehouse on Main Street. Its maintained as a shrine to the parks 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 Disneys eternal presence.
Not weird to me. He did outsranding work and todays creative work is just not as detailed, IMO. More animated, but not as detailed. I remember Japanese guests being wowed by the Abe Lincoln display, when he "stood up".
Well I beat all of you other pervs to "flash mountain" before we crashed the site-pretty funny.
He was wrong, though. My 3-year-old nephew did that, right outside the Dumbo ride, before we noticed what was going on. Disney HazMat team was on it like...well, you know. With all us freaking out and the white-glove team racing in, I expect the kid may be traumatized for life.
Until IASM came along, the music from the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House was the most obnoxious in the park. You had to hear that stupid polka about 30 times while waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise. I believe the tree house is gone now. Good riddance.
No, "Sacul Egroeg" would be George Lucas backwards.
"Egroeg Sacul" would be Lucas George backwards.
The best part, of course, is drinking a nice red in the French Quarter and listening to jazz. (the only place you can LEGALLY drink alcohol...
But there are, sadly, BETTER clubs that are LESS EXPENSIVE.
I spoil myself that way, and just do the premium pass that allows unlimited entry to the parks 365 days a year, with parking included. Though, two years ago the price was $200.00 a pass. Last year it went up to $325.00 a pass.
I hate to think what it will be this year, and I end up buying four at a time (the other three for my adopted family)
Another little interesting tid-bit of information. Walt Disney was a devote communist.
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I'm sure you have a citation to back up that statement . .
Thanks for the posting. Really enjoyed it.
You may want to try a Google search on, say, Disney & communist and then offer your apologies.
You're entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine.
"This Ride is now closed due to no controlling legal authority"
Odd way of showing it.
... and strongly resembles the Italian Folk tune, "The Jolly Coppersmith" ,aka "Funiculi Funicula".
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